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As Android passes 1 billion activations, head announces Android 4.4 KitKat and contest to win a Nexus 7

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As Android passes 1 billion activations, head announces Android 4.4 KitKat and contest to win a Nexus 7
For a long time, we have been under the impression that the next major version of Android would be Key Lime Pie, and the hope was that it would be version 5.0. We have also been under the assumption that the sweet-themed Android codenames would be staying away from trademarked goodies. Well, Android head Sundar Pichai has smashed all of those assumptions by saying that the next version of Android will be 4.4 KitKat.

If any tech company knows about advertising, it's Google, and it looks like Google is going for the first ever product tie-in with the new version of Android. We are fans of Key Lime Pie, but KitKats are pretty delicious too. The KitKat Android statue has already arrived on the Google campus to join the rest of the statues, and Google has set up a landing page showing the history of Android nicknames all the way through to KitKat. The other big news is that Android has passed 1 billion total activations, according to Mr. Pichai. 

As Android passes 1 billion activations, head announces Android 4.4 KitKat and contest to win a Nexus 7
Of course, the tie-in doesn't just end with the name. There will be KitKat bars sold in stores that will have the Android bugdroid on the packaging. Even better, the candy bars will be part of a contest in which you could win a KitKat bar shaped just like the KitKat bugdroid, or a Nexus 7 tablet. And, this opens up the door to plenty of other tie-ins with future versions of Android, like Android Moon Pie, Android Snickers, or the one that we're really hoping for: Android Oreo.

Unfortunately, Google isn't letting slip any information on what Android 4.4 KitKat will bring to the table, saying simply, "It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody." The rumor has been that the next major version of Android would bring optimizations for low-spec handsets, as well as optimizations for laptops and TVs. That would certainly fit the "amazing Android experience available for everybody."

With the statue on the lawn, and new Nexus devices expected in the next couple months, it shouldn't be too long before we see the official unveiling of Android 4.4 KitKat and all of its features. 

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posted on 03 Sep 2013, 12:42 22

1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Did not see that one coming. Surprised that Google is allowed to use that name. Figured that it would have been trademarked.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 12:46 67

6. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Didn't you hear? Google bought KitKat's Devices and Services division for $7 billion. The current KitKat CEO is next in line to be Google CEO, and from now on KitKat bars will be known as Google bars.

KitKat fans are absolutely enraged though.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 12:51 10

13. mss1988 (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


AAAAAA I LOVE THIS COMMENT! :D

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:23

38. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Now Xperia Chocolate Bar phones are welcome!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:10 2

30. hortizano (Posts: 292; Member since: 22 May 2013)


This is the best comment eveer..

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:15

33. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Now that's funny

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:15

34. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Ha ha ha
great one man.. You scored a home run

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:27

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


And kit kKat bars lagg

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:55 3

51. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14181; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


And we'll be forced to log into Google plus to buy a kitkat.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 16:03 7

66. tedkord (Posts: 12225; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, if only it could be like Apple where you don't have to log in to iTunes to buy anything....wait, what?

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 18:36

78. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i know you're just trolling but that made me laugh. xD

+1 for that.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 14:05

54. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


this is AWESOME hahahaha!!! too funny!

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 15:32

62. kanagadeepan (Posts: 944; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


LOL.... Comment of this year...

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 16:34 2

70. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


This comment make me wanna eat kitkat....lol.....thts hilarious:D

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 07:14

86. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


only geeks find this funny, i did not.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 12:49 19

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It is trademarked. Google has a deal with KitKat to use it.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 12:56

20. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


So I guess "Lemonhead" will be next.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:08 7

27. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I don't know about that. Every package of Lemonheads looks like it was made in the 60s. I'm not sure that's the right message for Android.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:20

37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


"L" might be a tough one.

lollypops
licorice
lavender candy
Lifesavers
Lemonheads
Lindt Chocolate International
Lindor Balls
Laffy Taffy
Lemon Marange Pie
Lava Cake
Lemon Cheesecake

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 14:19 1

56. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


Lollipops, I think is better.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 15:30

61. kanagadeepan (Posts: 944; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Add Lotte...

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:33

45. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Too bad iOS won't use it, it would be perfect for the Cupertino giant: iOLemonheads ... lol

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:08 3

28. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


One question, are we going to see a UI revamp on this version? Since most ui changes comes in 3.0,4.0 etc ??

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:32 1

44. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I really don't think Google is in desperation mode to revamp the UI. Even with iOS 7 Apple still falls short and WP interface is nothing to be afraid off. Google knows that many people prefer large phones and Apple is not threatening anyone with the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c. I would say that Google is still 6 to 9 months ahead of the competition before they have to do a redesign.
Releasing a Nexus 5 for $300 off contract with kitkat will be more than enough. It would be even more special if said phone had LTE on all 4 carriers at that price.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:41

49. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I wouldn't expect big UI changes, just better UI optimization for laptops and TVs.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 18:39

79. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


being that we're seeing a dessert name change i believe we'll see some changes to the UI like we have for every other dessert name change or else there wouldn't have been a reason for 4.4 to deviate from being another iteration of JB.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 13:24 1

39. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Ashamed to admit I didn't see this coming, even after Jelly Bean was announced. Makes me want to check the candy isles to see what could be next.

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 12:56 7

18. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Their rationale was that "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie."
-Director of Android partnerships John Langerling

(The Verge via BBC)

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 16:36 1

71. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I don't even know what it is! :-)

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 16:46

72. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


I dnt knw wat fryo is:)

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