Google Takes the Wrapper off Android KitKat

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Google Takes the Wrapper off Android KitKatWith the announcement back in July that Android 4.3 would keep the Jelly Bean moniker, Google fans quickly switched their attention to the next major addition to the mobile operating system line-up – the much rumored and highly anticipated Key Lime Pie. The Key Lime Pie name has been doing the rounds on the internet for a while and speculation that it was getting close led many to assume that the 4.4 would carry the name (me included). More fool us.

Android chief Sundar Pichai took his Google+ blog yesterday to post on the name for version 4.4, but it is not Key Lime Pie; in fact, it is not a pie at all, not even close. The next version of Android will be called KitKat.

Ever since version 1.5 of the operating system, Google has named Android after a sweat treat – Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. With 4.4, however, the company varied it up. Yes, KitKat is a sweat treat, and a nice one at that, but this will be the first time Android will be named after an actual brand.

“KitKat has been a favorite candy on the team for some time, so for the ‘K’ release, we asked if they’d be willing to lend their iconic candy bar to its name,” said a post on the Android Google+ page.

Sundar Pichai went one step further and shared a picture of the KitKat Android statue from the lawn of Google’s headquarters in California.

“On my return from Asia, I was also thrilled to find this guy waiting to greet me on the front lawn – love the new #AndroidKitKat statue and can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites,” wrote Pichai.

As part of the Google/KitKat promotion, Google has teamed up with makers of the wafer bar, Nestle, to offer Nexus 7 tablets to lucky KitKat buyers. Nestle has also changed its KitKat Facebook and Google+ pages to show off the partnership.

– Anthony Carter

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