Google may be working on an Android 4.4.1 KitKat already

Google may be working on an Android 4.4.1 KitKat already
We've already seen the first signs that an Android 4.4.1 is already in the works, but we now have additional information that appears to cement that notion. Courtesy of Myce, the clue was found on the Chromium issue tracker, and initially marked with a label that prevents non-Googlers from seeing it. That one was eventually dropped, for whatever reason, and you can see a week-old build, that goes by the cryptic KOT31B.

KOT31B sounds like a great online FPS alias, but means little to the average user beyond that. Thankfully, Myce is providing some insight.

Starting with Cupcake all the way back in 2009, Google has a build-naming scheme in place that is pretty uniform, allowing us to ecipher what hides behind KOT31B. Namely, the 'K' at the very front indicates that this is a KitKat build (just like Jelly Bean builds had a J in front), and the 'T' is apparently a branch code that allows Google to quickly and efficiently identify the source for the build. What 'O' stands for is a bit unclear, though previous builds have had it in them. Without getting too in-depth about the rest of the abbreviation, it's probably simpler to just say that 'T31' indicates the quarter and the day (October 31) and the 'B' at the end means that it's the second build tied to that particular date.

With the boring technical details dealt with, what this really means is that Google is probably already making good progress on the next version. Unfortunately, 4.4.1 could very well end up being nothing more than a bug-fixing patch, which wouldn't surprise us, as these are often released right after a major update takes place.

source: Myce via Pocketnow



1. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well, it's not like the Android development team just goes on vacation after a new version is released, is it...?

3. kostas12ldb

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

LoL, exactly...

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

They probably just have one night out after the release then back to work :P. I will be more surprise if they are not working on 4.4.2 or 5.0.0. Always have to be 2 steps ahead to stay in the game :D

8. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Took the words right out of my mouth. The current version is out, time to push on...

2. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Wow, and I though IOS updates were fast. Now just bring Kit Kat to the Galaxy Nexus, and just for fun, to the Nexus S too...

4. ilia1986 unregistered

5. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

My new build 4.4.1 Google will replace dalvik with Android Runtime. It's already in in 4.4 but disabled by default. Curious folks can enable it in developer options.

6. mturby unregistered

If not everybody will be able to enjoy the new kit kat on their 512 ram old phone, what is the fricking point? will the carriers release the 4.4 to my less than 2 yrs old device?..yeah i can tell what they are thinking know: screw u customer, if u want kitkat buy either a 2 yrs contract or pay $450 for the latest andrd phone we got. njoy ur ics.

9. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

its not like anyone has 4.4 already :\

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