Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Android's next version will be Kitkat with version 4.4, not 5.0 Key Lime Pie

After returning from a "whirlwind trip from Asia" to visit Android manufacturer partners, Sundar Pichai, Vice President of Chrome and Android, confirmed that next version of Android will be named Kikat. This is the name of Chocolate manufactured by Nestle. It will be the version 4.4. Google ended the rumours that next version will be Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie". With Kitkat, Google is following the name of introducing Android versions in alphabetical order, on the names of desserts. 

With the announcement of name of Android Kitkat, Google also listed on official Android website. They have also added the timeline of all Android versions which you can see here. This is the first time when Google unveiled the name before the launch of platform. Director of Android partnership John Lagerling told BBC that Google actually planned name of next Android platform will be Key Lime Pie, but actually very few people actually know the taste of Key Lime Pie. So company decided to change the name to something which is people's favourite and also unexpected. 

Are you thinking about using a copyrighted name? Well, don't worry, your favourite OS manufacturer made a deal with Nestle within 24 hours of announcement. And what's more amazing is, 50 million Kitkat bars will be sold in 19 countries promoting Android 4.4 and will also give buyers the chance to win Nexus 7 and Google Play Gift cards. There are also 500 specially prepared Kikats which have the shape and look of new Android. This announcement is also shared by Official Android Google+ page.
It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.

With all of this information, Sundar Pichai also reported on Google+ that Android activations have crossed 1 billion. This figure is double of that Google reported in September 2012, when they said Android activations have crossed 500 million. Also adding here, Google mentioned in its annual event that there are 900 million devices running on Android and Larry Page in Q2 earnings call, shared that 1.5 million Android devices are activated daily

Google said "It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody." It may be possible that upcoming smartphones such as Nexus 5 and others, smartwatches, gaming consoles and even laptops will run on Kitkat.


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