The next version of Android (4.4) will follow the operating system’s running tradition of being named after a sweet treat, but it’s not going to be Key Lime Pie, as many have expected for quite some time.
In fact, The Verge reported early last year that it would be “Key Lime Pie,” after being tipped by “a reliable source”.
Today, Google’s Sundar Pichai announced that it will be KitKat, and showed off a big Kit-Kat bar-looking Android mascot on Google+. He also happened to mention that Android has now surpassed a billion device activations.
Just back from a whirlwind trip to Asia visiting our Android ecosystem partners in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Exciting to see all the high quality Android devices available now, including Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2, Sony Xperia and many more. Also looking forward to the new devices our partners are launching in Berlin at IFA, played around with them last week and really nice — stay tuned; we’ve got a lot more coming!
All this Android innovation is driving tremendous ecosystem momentum and I’m excited to share that together we’ve now passed 1 Billion Android device activations. Huge thanks to the entire Android community from the hardware manufacturers, chip makers and carriers to the developers and content creators to all of you – our Android users around the world – for making this possible.
On my return from Asia, I was also thrilled to find this guy waiting to greet me on the front lawn — love the new #AndroidKitKat statue and can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites:)
Delicious looking isn’t it?
It’s pretty interesting that Google would go with a branded dessert this time around. They’re actually running a promotion with Kit Kat, believe it or not.
“To make this release even sweeter, Kit Kat is giving you the chance to win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit. Just look for specially branded Kit Kat candy bars featuring the Android robot in a store near you,” Google explains on the new KitKat page.