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Google may be working on an Android 4.4.1 KitKat already

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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.

Google may be working on an Android 4.4.1 KitKat already

source: Myce via Pocketnow

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posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:36 26

1. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 03:28 3

3. kostas12ldb (Posts: 51; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

LoL, exactly...

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 08:44

7. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 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

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 13:29 1

8. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:40 5

2. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 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...

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 04:35 3

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Here you go, kind sir!


posted on 07 Nov 2013, 07:03

5. jove39 (Posts: 1979; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

My guess...in 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.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 08:38

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.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 13:29 1

9. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

its not like anyone has 4.4 already :\

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