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New teaser theory puts Android 4.4 announcement on October 21st

New teaser theory puts Android 4.4 announcement on October 21st
The first time we had a theory about what the KitKat Twitter feed might be suggesting with its posts, it took some leaps in logic to get to the idea that Google might be aiming at October 28th as the date to announce Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5. This time around, the theory is a bit easier to follow, but where it is pointing is a bit less believable.

Rather than digging in as deep as the first theory, this one is much more simple: the KitKat Twitter posts could be a simple countdown. On October 14th, KitKat posted a 007 picture for Roger Moore's 86th birthday. On the 15th, it was a picture of the KitKat bugdroid made up of 6 KitKat pieces (not counting head and feet). Yesterday, it was the "This is it" post, where the "S" in "this" and "is" look like they could also be stylized number 5s (this is the biggest leap for us). And today, it was a post saying "The future of confectionery has arrived" with a picture of a 4-bar KitKat with the number 4.4 next to it. 

As you can see, there looks like a simple countdown happening. If true, we should see a post that references the number 3 tomorrow, then 2 on Saturday, 1 on Sunday, and that would put the end of the countdown on Monday October 21st. The theory is that Google might release Android 4.4 on Monday. 

The timing is a bit odd though, because both Microsoft and Apple have hardware announcements planned for Tuesday the 22nd. Microsoft and Nokia are expected to announce the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet, Windows Phone 8 GDR 3, and possibly the Surface Mini; and Apple is expected to announce the new iPad 5, iPad mini 2, and likely other product refreshes. Google may want to get out ahead of that, but the other thinking would be that Google's announcement will get pushed aside quickly in the rush of Microsoft, Nokia, and Apple news the next day. 

We'll keep an eye on the KitKat Twitter feed tomorrow to see if it keeps on track. The Nexus 5 should be coming soon, because Google "accidentally" put it up on the Google Play Store today with an interesting $349 price tag.

source: @KitKat

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posted on 17 Oct 2013, 21:44 7

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Just got #kitkat from Wal-Mart. Love #kitkat

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 22:00 1

2. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

Now onwards Everyday i buy a kitkat from local grocery..
After android announced it taste seems to more yummy ;-)

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 22:09 2

5. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

Marketing strategy now works for google and kitkat.!!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 02:30 1

11. Snoobab (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Have a break? Give the orang-utan a break...


posted on 17 Oct 2013, 22:05 4

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4292; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Apple wants to kill Nokia's hype, or atleast it looks so... Now it looks like Google wants to kill both.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 22:36 8

6. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

There's a Nokia hype?

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:07 1

7. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)

"Apple wants to kill Nokia's hype..." Nope.

Take October 23rd from last year, align it to Apple's favorite Tuesday, and you get October 22nd 2013. If anything, Nokia and MS are the ones crashing the party.

Good luck stealing Apple's thunder ;)

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:30

9. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

The new Ipad, along with whatever tablet Nokia announces on Tuesday , will receive equal publicity in the news - something I'm sure both companies would welcome. android 4.4 on the other hand is an iterative update from google that most people, including the general consumer, couldn't give a toss about.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 22:08

4. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)

You're reading into it too much

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:23

8. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

lmfao.... yet another release date for android 4.4

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 23:32

10. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

sounds like an uninvited guest that nobody likes.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 02:30

12. mahmudur_rahman (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)

THIS IS IT = 8 letter, 007 = The specific 7. I guess, it's a countdown number they mean by @KITKAT. If it is than it will launch at 25th October 2013, Friday. :)

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 19:04

13. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

So, no weird mention of the #3 today?

This theory was a bust

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 21:04

14. Bmorecrafty (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)

Hey All, I realized, The THIS IS IT dosen't have stylised Number 5's. Maybe they are stylized 15's. Now i am in Australia and am not sure of the date's in America but i think the THIS IS IT post was posted 15 days before the last day of the month. Maybe the announcment is on the 31st. Unless they post a 3 today.

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