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Android KitKat announced by Google

After Android versions named Cupcake, Donut, Gingerbread or Honeycomb, Google decided to name its upcoming Android 4.4 after Nestle's notorious chocolate-covered wafer biscuit.

Earlier today, Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed on Twitter that the 1 Billion Android activations barrier has been left behind. At the same time, the next major Android version was announced in a press release, its name being Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately, the only details offered by Google on are limited to this phrase: "It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody."

This announcement came as a surprise, but some sources consider Google's association with Nestle to be a logical one  since the dessert-based names of all previous Android versions are Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean.

Later this month, Google and Nestle will start a promotional campaign in the US and UK to give away Nexus 7 tablets and Google Play credit. This involves "more than 50 million specially branded KitKat bars" that will be available in 19 countries. 

Considering this association with Nestle, it would be logical for the Android version to follow KitKat to be Lion Bar, but that remains to be seen. For more information, please feel free to enjoy the "Android KITKAT 4.4 -- The future of confectionery" video and check the press release below.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-09- 3 (Update: 2021-05-18)