Google Announces the Next Iteration of its Mobile OS Android 4.4 KitKat

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Android Kit KatApple may have a new iPhone up its sleeve, but Android users have a new updated version of Google’s popular mobile operating platform to look forward to. The news comes from Google’s dual head of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, who confirmed on Tuesday that the company’s next version of Android will be called KitKat via his Google + page.

Android has typically stuck with a naming convention revolving around food products, but KitKat marks the first time that Google has chosen to select a trademarked product, with KitKat being a popular candy bar made by Nestle (and licensed by Hershey in the United States).  

The company has seemingly entered some sort of partnership with the candy bar brand, as Google and KitKat will be offering consumers a chance to win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit through the purchase of specially branded Android KitKat candy bars, according to a new splash page published by Google.  The same page also notes that the newest iteration will be Android 4.4. and the not long rumored Android 5.0, which will reportedly be called Android Key Lime Pie.

No specific details about the upcoming mobile platform have been announced, though Pichai was happy to share that the Android platform has surpassed the impressive one billion device activation milestone.

Sources: Sundar Pichai (Google +), Android

 

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