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

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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87 Comments

1. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

13. mss1988

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

AAAAAA I LOVE THIS COMMENT! :D

38. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Now Xperia Chocolate Bar phones are welcome!

30. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

This is the best comment eveer..

33. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Now that's funny

34. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

And kit kKat bars lagg

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

66. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i know you're just trolling but that made me laugh. xD +1 for that.

54. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this is AWESOME hahahaha!!! too funny!

62. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

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

70. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

86. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

only geeks find this funny, i did not.

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

20. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

So I guess "Lemonhead" will be next.

27. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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

56. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Lollipops, I think is better.

61. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Add Lotte...

45. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

28. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

79. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Jun 10, 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: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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)

71. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

72. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I dnt knw wat fryo is:)

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