Google took everyone by surprise, as they announced earlier today that the next OS upgrade for smartphones and tablets will be named Android 4.4 KitKat. The news was made public by Sundar Pinchai, Google VP of Android, Google Apps and Chrome via Twitter using a picture that shows an Android KitKat bar statue displayed in front of the company’s Mountain View HQ.
The main reason that made Google announce their next Mobile OS name and number might be that , for the first time ever, there are over 1 billion Android devices activated worldwide. The AndroidKitKat statue unveiling, the new KitKat 4.4 web site along with Sundar Pinchai’s G+ post are definite proof that we will be getting a brand new mobile OS update by the end of this year.
Probably the most surprising thing about the Android 4.4 KitKat announcement is that every single Android enthusiast thought that the next Google Mobile OS upgrade will be titled Key Lime Pie 5.0, but Google instead decided to take a totally different approach when it came to naming their next OS upgrade after a dessert.As you well know, the KitKat name is already assigned to a global brand of chocolate candy bar made by Nestle. John Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, stated that ‘this is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal’.
There is no official word on what we can expect from KitKat 4.4, no features were announced, no release date. However, soon we will probably get a better image on what is Google planning and what new features should we expect from the new Android OS. Still, Google continued their long tradition of naming all their new Android versions after famous desserts. KitKat is one of the world’s most popular chocolate bar and with Google having over 1 billion active Android devices all over the world, then we can only expect both brands to thrive even more under this new partnership.
No official release date is set, but we should expect Google to launch the Android 4.4 KitKat OS with a brand new smartphone or tablet. Hopefully, we will get a new Nexus device by the end of this year along with the new operating system.
Everyone thought that Google will release the Key Lime Pie 5.0 this year, as the Android OS will celebrate five years since its first edition release. Are you excited about this announcement? What is your take on Google’s decision to continue the Android 4.x series instead of jumping directly to 5.0 version?