Larry Page just got the new Android release: KitKat
0. phoneArena 05 Sep 2013, 20:41 posted on
We're sad to say that we aren't referring to Android 4.4 with this one. We know that the Android update will be out in the next couple of months when Google announces the new Nexus phone (or phones?) and the new Nexus 10 tablet. But, in the meantime, there are some real world treats making their way out, and that means Google CEO Larry Page has gotten a KitKat...
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9. akki20892 (Posts: 3802; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
no, u r not.
have a this:
34. downphoenix (Posts: 2871; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
most delicious version of Android yet!
And I want one of those android Kit kats. Maybe Android kit kats can replace the chocolate easter bunnies!
Then after that, we need reese and snickers android bars too!
3. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
mmmmm chocholate "kitKat Android" (HOMER SIMPSON)
28. _Bone_ (Posts: 2150; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Android KitKat is genius marketing on many levels. First everybody loves Kit-Kat or at least thinks it has a cool form factor and name, so Android Kit-Kat sounds delicious too. It's also easy to remember, especially if you are reminded of it in stores (particularly if Android-shaped KitKats hit them, I mean they look super-cool). And of course the cross-marketing potential is huge, it's almost a shamefully good pick as if Samsung chose Guinness to build their marketing around, "taste this and you're gonna get great deep blacks" or something. :D
4. gazmatic (Posts: 688; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
What Android needs to do is unify every single android device and make them all updateable to kitkatt
that would be awesome
people want to ignore fragmentation but it is the giant green elephant in the room
you can count the number of devices that have an official, unmodded version of 4.3 and kitkat will make that number even more dismal
the majority of Android are either mid range or lower and ignoring them an official kitkat update is not ideal
6. promise7 (Posts: 688; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
google would have to force all the manufacturers to do this, and i don't see those companies going to the froyo/gingerbread/ics devices and updating them which is a shame because i think kitkat is supposedly compatible w/ devices with even 512mb of ram.
12. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
The reason android is successful is because Google wasn't aggressive with it's OEMs. Wait a year, if it really does bring amazing optimization then it will unacceptable not to have it by this time next year.
22. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Most manufactorers don't see it worth their time and resources to upgrade a 4.1 device to 4.2/4.3 because 4.2 and 4.3 were minor updates.
14. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Majority of users don't have a problem with it, only us tech heads blow it out of proportion. If fragmentation was that much of a problem, Android wouldn't be sitting at 80% world share. Can't use cheap phones as an excuse for high sales either, they suffer more fragmentation than flagships. When you look at the big picture, fragmentation issues are small.
17. gazmatic (Posts: 688; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Fragmentation is a problem and many non tech people deal with it all the time
Android is popular for two reasons cheap devices in every market and mind share
every where you go you're being told that Android is the best so people run out and buy it but they either don't know that Android is crap without jelly bean and 1gb if ram or they don't have access to the latest devices because of either price or availability
people still want iPhones because they are straight forward even though both you and I know that you can get better for less
there is a reason Lumia 520 is flying off the shelves...
that being said if you don't have the latest Android you're missing out and are most likely frustrated by your device (that if you don't know how to root and install custom roms)
check the customer satisfaction of the oses... They speak for themselves
19. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Fragmentation occurs on every mobile OS. Not all iOS users get every feature. Some WP phones were cut off from updates. Can't single out Android for being the only one that suffers fragmentation.
Android also sells boat loads of flagship phones. Check the sales of the S4 and Note and you'll see it's not just cheap phones for Android.
Free world though, if you want to believe Android is nothing but a headache, knock yourself out. Those of us who enjoy it on a daily basis know better and don't have your point of view.
35. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Fragmentation happens on every OS, mobile or not. Mobile gets annual releases (and Android used to be more frequent than that), and most people are within 2 years, and almost everyone is within 3. Meanwhile, you have a third of desktop users still running 10 year old Windows XP (and plenty of Mac users are a few years out of date as well).
GNU/Linux is generally less prone to being out of date (relative to the distro; Red Hat uses software that's several years old), but it's the most fragmented OS of all time.
25. moroninc (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
Don't forget, Android being an Open system, you can easily get it updated to Jelly bean via XDA or your friendly neighbourhood tech shop. Voiding the warranty being the only drawback but hey if u buy a cheap phone you might as well take the risk. if it doesnt work out just buy another one.
20. Jodabro (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Does every pc every made run Windows 8? Does every iphone ever made run full ios 6? Franmentation is not going away.
26. takeja (Posts: 35; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
Exactly! Google's phones are zero fragmented while Apple's feature phones are hugely feature fragmented
So with Apple you have a huge fragmentation even within one version iOS 6
And don't forget that iPhone is not a real smartphone:
You can not even copy a file
You even can not choose your browser or any default app
29. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 322; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
And yet that supposed fragmentation doesn't seem to bother developers which is why the App Store is still leagues ahead of Google Play in terms of functionality that apps offer, and in terms of the bigger name devs releasing their titles exclusively for iOS...
32. maysider (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)
I know that freedom and choice hurt you (you can not buy any cheap device, we can)
But have met just one app recently I can't install....but it's the fault on the developer's side.....
So you just exaggerate...
5. hellonerds (Posts: 288; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
GIVE ME A BREAK..break me off a piece of that kit kat bar :)
ahh that commercial from the 90s lol love the 90s
7. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Maybe phonearena should compare this candy bar to the iPhone 5. This Android kitkat even beats the iPhone 5 in screen size.
15. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Nah, it wouldn't get a good rating because it's not covered in an aluminum shell. Also doesn't display colors well in direct sunlight.
24. Rager722 (Posts: 303; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
1.99? It's 75cents to a dollar here in NYC
18. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Yet another example of Android fragmentation.
Kidding, of course. But I still want one of these.
21. Samir_Maric (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
Android Kitkat - The Chocolate Experience
27. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
okay we won't talk about fragmentation but please google better keep a close eye on manufacturers for not updating their os on time. of course consumers won't mind having outdated os as long as it's mature, but this announcement of 4.4 is like replacing a new biker in a team competing in tour de france while others are tired and can't keep up. of course the new rider will finish faster leaving the rest behind but it's a team effort android.
31. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1810; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
gimmy a break,.. gimmy a break of that kit kat bar!....