As Android passes 1 billion activations, head announces Android 4.4 KitKat and contest to win a Nexus 7
0. phoneArena 03 Sep 2013, 12:41 posted on
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...
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1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 996; 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.
6. Commentator (Posts: 2180; 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.
38. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Now Xperia Chocolate Bar phones are welcome!
34. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Ha ha ha
great one man.. You scored a home run
51. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
And we'll be forced to log into Google plus to buy a kitkat.
66. tedkord (Posts: 3908; 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?
78. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i know you're just trolling but that made me laugh. xD
+1 for that.
54. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
this is AWESOME hahahaha!!! too funny!
70. lalalaman (Posts: 231; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
This comment make me wanna eat kitkat....lol.....thts hilarious:D
9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It is trademarked. Google has a deal with KitKat to use it.
27. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; 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.
37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 996; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
"L" might be a tough one.
Lindt Chocolate International
Lemon Marange Pie
45. PAPINYC (limited) (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Too bad iOS won't use it, it would be perfect for the Cupertino giant: iOLemonheads ... lol
28. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; 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 ??
44. fanboy1974 (Posts: 996; 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.
49. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I wouldn't expect big UI changes, just better UI optimization for laptops and TVs.
79. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; 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.
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.
18. Commentator (Posts: 2180; 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)
24. LordDavon (Posts: 104; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)
They partnered up with Nestle for this one. Nestle is making 50,000,000 Android branded KitKat bars in the shape of everyone's favorite little green bot.
48. fanboy1974 (Posts: 996; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
"The packs will lead consumers to the website android.com/kitkat where they will have the opportunity to win prizes including a limited number of Google Nexus 7 tablets, and credits to spend in Google Play, Google’s online store for apps, games, music, movies, books and more."
Sounds like a nice marketing campaign. Apple would never do this. Majority of our kids don't eat Apples :).
25. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Yeah me too....
5.0 sounds greater than 4.4 since its Android 5th birthday coming on October.
43. lyndon420 (Posts: 1638; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
It is trademarked. In the article it stated how Android and KitKat are working together through special promotions and contests.
2. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
hmmm. i like whole number changes, myself. also a bit skeptical about the product placement. hmmm. hmmmm. not sure what to make of this. 5.0 just sounds like a great number. 4.4.....eh.....hmmmmmm
5. Mercenary (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Whats up with the all that hmmmmm?
Sound like someone have to poop and can't find a bathroom!
4. tech2 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Oh Google, you Troll ! xD......Nice job messing with the entire tech world(from whom nothing can be hidden these days) giving them klp hints at IO and what not.....
Sometimes not knowing until an official unveiling is more exciting. Google, FTW !
41. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Why are they the troll? People assumed the name was Key Lime Pie. Some joe schmoe just tossed out a name at some tech forum and everyone bought into it. Thats all. Where is the Google trolling in this?
Hmm I guess there is that one employee who drew that Android evolution picture. That was probably on his own just to mess with people who like to convince themselves of things with absolutely no backing of evidence...
52. LordDavon (Posts: 104; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)
Key Lime Pie was just a name Google used internally, and with partners. It was a way they could discuss the next release without divulging the real name. Quite impressive actually.
You can read about it here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech
85. TheLolGuy (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
After more digging it does indeed seem that they were going to go with KLP after users really bought into the idea. Well, until the end where they did a switcheroo.
7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6616; Member since: 14 May 2012)
KitKat sounds much better than Key Lime Pie imo. Can't wait to see what if brings to the table. :)
73. lalalaman (Posts: 231; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Im just happy they r finally think abot better low end optimization....nt everyone is rich to buy high ends...=)
8. Ninetysix (Posts: 1071; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Good luck fellow fandroids. Hopefully we'll have this loaded on our phones in the year 2015.
12. tedkord (Posts: 3908; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
It won't matter. So long as we have at least ICS, we'll still be ahead of the competition.
58. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Well it's not like webOS is still alive and BB10 is a sinking ship.
67. tedkord (Posts: 3908; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Exactly, so you can figure out which "competition" I'm referring to.
60. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It'll only be 3 or 4 versions behind.
68. tedkord (Posts: 3908; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Which will still be two years ahead of the number 2 mobile OS.
76. Pancholo (Posts: 370; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Go home, you're troll.
The experiences between platforms are personal. In the end, they can all compare to each other, but at some point you end up filtering in/out features X or Y OS has that the others don't. I am sure Android stacks up well against every mobile platform out there and nobody can deny that; so can iOS.
Anyway, you seem like an educated troll. I just miss the educated part of it.
10. varuntis1993 (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
so finally a good news....specially after the bad news from microsoft
14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
"Kit-Kat - just a crack and Android is even more fragmented."