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Sep
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Today Android has officially passed one billion activated devices, according to Google's Vice President of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, Sundar Pichai. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, there's a new Bugdroid-themed statue hanging out at the entrance to Google's Mountain View campus.

Yup, that's a KitKat Android. We've all been waiting to hear what the post-Jelly Bean OS would be called, and many people has assumed that it would be Key Lime Pie. Assuming that the statue indicates the name of the next Android revision (and that is a big assumption) it would be the first time that Google licensed a brand name for Android.

Of course, there's no confirmation that this is actually indicative of a new version. Give me a break, Google.

Update: Just kidding, they're totally naming the next version of Android after KitKat. The new site reveals the name and Android 4.4 version number and not much else, but Google and KitKat have unveiled a new promotion with the chance to win a free Nexus 7 2013 or Google Play Store credit.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Justin Crowley

    so much for key lime pie

  • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

    Is anyone else disappointed that it ISN'T named Key Lime Pie?

    • David Davidson

      I would much rather have some Andy-shaped Kit Kat bars myself.

      • infogulch

        There is so much potential here. An edible bugdroid? /r/androidcirclejerk will go nuts.

    • Steve Freeman

      Does anyone else think the name doesn't really matter at all?

      • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

        Honestly, I don't care what it is named, but following the whole dessert-naming trend, doesn't it feel the least bit dissatisfying that it isn't name Key-Lime Pie and that it sort of feels like Google sold themselves out for the sake of a name?

        • ari_free

          No! gimme more choc o late

    • wlmeng11

      David Ruddock?

  • bungadudu

    A new 10 cents promo would be a better way to celebrate!

    • kindrudekid

      Nova Launcher Please!

  • Mort

    This is going to take some getting used to...

  • Roberto Giunta

    Are they trolling us? 4.4 and not 5.0? And that statue that normally comes just days before the new OS unveiling? They're using a licensed name? And that website where they TEASE us before anything was released? What the heck?

    Hello? Twilight Zone?

    • mapsickle

      what difference does it make naming it 5.0?? what matters is the feature that comes with the update.

      also KitKat might have paid some money as an advertisement or maybe they came to an agreement where both benifits

      • Roberto Giunta

        My post is not meant in a negative way. I'll use a few more smileys next time just for you :)))

        I'm glad that Google can still surprise us.

        • mapsickle

          lol. my bad then

      • Roger Siegenthaler

        Actually there's a large difference between changing 4.3 -> 4.4 and 4.3 -> 5.0

        read semver.org for clarification :)

  • Tim S

    I like KitKat :D

    Key lime pie isn't that well known outside the US - I assume that is important when choosing a name

    • The_Chlero

      KitKat is even lesser known outside of the US. Any name is fine for me as long as the software attached to it is top notch

      • sdcoiner76

        Kit Kat bars are produced in 14 countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Russia, Japan, China, Malaysia, India, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Bulgaria. Also it is not native to the US, the candy is from the UK and is more popular in some other countries than in the US, especially Japan.

  • yash khatri

    now this is a way to go for Google key lime pie would have been a yucky name kitkat sounds good

  • Mike

    Also indicates that Kit Kat will not be 5.0, but 4.4.

  • Cory Crew

    Any links to the Nexus Promotion?

    • Bradley Ruiz

      You have to buy KitKats on the US and get a code from it, its in the page linked on the article

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    That's fantastic. I love when everyone who KNEW that I was called KLP is completely wrong.

    • David Davidson

      Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if KLP was the initial working name, and then Nestle came along and offered Google a little bit of cash for some advertising...up next, Android 5.1 Laffy Taffy?

      • Chris Jutting

        Or because everyone assumed it would be KLP Google wanted to throw everyone for a loop.

      • Justin W

        No cash involved... See the BBC article posted somewhere else in the comments (either this article or the next one on KitKat).

  • Tamadrummer94

    4.4 KitKat. Lll

  • Paul Hilton

    "If it's not Key Lime Pie, I'll film myself smashing such a pie against my face. On YouTube. You can take that to the bank. I really think it's that obvious." Ok, David. I'll be looking forward to the video!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm so making this happen.

      • Himmat Singh

        Oh yeah, you totally should!

      • Thomas’

        Do it faggot*!

        *) Not meant as an insult, but rather as a quote. Also, not homophobe.

        • sadf

          Still not funny.

          • Thomas’

            Yeah, was kind of expecting this.

            Never the less, hurray for new Android speculation!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
          • Thomas’

            To my defense: This was my face when i read it, instantly reminding me of this meme.

            So, do not distract from the main question! When will the video be released? ;-)

        • ChavaM

          "not homophobe"

          You sound like one though.

          • Not a faggot.

            And you sound like a faggot.

          • ChavaM

            Classy

          • Rovex

            you would know the sound, you hear it every night.

        • intyleritrusted

          Only homophobes have to say they aren't homophobes

    • Joshua

      This must happen.

    • Simon Belmont

      I came here just to remind everyone of that. Thanks for beating me to it. :D

      Hahahaha. This is great. :)

    • RocketScience11
  • skitchbeatz

    whoa.

  • MichaelOberhausen

    Give me a break! ... Break a piece of that kit kat bar!!

    J/k this is awesome news

  • GreatNews

    so basically is doesnt want to reach the number 5.0??? how much more could they use the 4 number??? normally with a new android name it comes a new android number to 5.0! and where is my Key Lime Pie????

    • Bjajjull

      It won't be any KLP, it's KitKat instead.

      It was 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, with 2.3 having two API levels

      I see nothing wrong with 4.x, it's #HOLO

      • GreatNews

        yeah but here we will be at the 5th time using 4.X version number... i am asking for a new number just for the change

        • EE-EHN

          That isn't how it works. Typically software versions are numbered by Major.Minor. Which means 5.0 would end up being a major new version of Android where KitKat is a minor update

          • GreatNews

            hope it isnt as what you say cuz we saw by 2.2 and 2.3 it was pretty a big update as far as i remember...

          • EE-EHN

            Some UI changes and features added, yeah. But look at how different 3.0 was from 2.0.

          • GreatNews

            3.0 was only for tablets

          • EE-EHN

            Yes but it was a major update to the Android OS which is why it was 3.0

            5.0 will be a major NEW version of Android. KitKat will likely look and feel just like Jellybean with some added features and fixes

          • GreatNews

            so ill ask again whats the point of 4.3?

          • sdcoiner76

            It was the next milestone API Level change. It had many changes that was needed in it's flagship Nexus 7 release. Google has always had these types of version releases for the last 4+ years, especially with conjunction of the release of one of their flagship products. It is nothing new. 4.4 will probably have a suite of features and improvements that will compliment the next Nexus device.

        • sdcoiner76

          Version 2 had 8 number changes I believe before going to the next one. There will probably be a significant change to the OS before they hop onto 5.X

          • GreatNews

            i counted 4 where did you get to 8 2.x?

          • sdcoiner76

            2.0 (API Level 5)
            2.0.1 (API Level 6)
            2.1 (API Level 7)
            2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.3 (API Level 8)
            2.3, 2.3.1, 2.3.2 (API Level 9)
            2.3.3, 2.3.4, 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7 (API Level 10)

            Sorry was 6 API level changed not 8. But still many iterations.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Eh. Apple has been on "OS 10" for over a decade.

      • GreatNews

        Who is talking about Apple now? we are all Android a normal fans so whats your point?

        • Logan Butler

          What does the version number even matter? It's a new version of Android. There's no pleasing you people...

          • GreatNews

            gosh, i am happy with the new name i was just asking why not change the number as well it should be a full change!

          • Logan Butler

            There *is* a new number, though. It's going from 4.3 to 4.4. You're not going to see 5.X until there is a major overhaul of the interface. What this is saying is that they're incrementally refining the Android experience. I see this as a good thing, rather than changing the entire UX every so often, they're making the OS more approachable by making smaller changes. Allowing more people to get comfortable with it and (more importantly) stay comfortable with Android.

          • GreatNews

            if so what will be with 4.3?

          • Logan Butler

            4.3 was Jelly Bean. I'm sorry, but are you even paying attention? :/

    • sdcoiner76

      It is getting a new number, version 4.4.

    • dhruva

      nope..ice cream sandwich was 4.0, jelly bean was 4.1, 4.2, 4.3...i guess if they have something new in store they change the desert name, and when something fundamentally changes then they do +1

  • GryphKid44

    Maybe they are saving the pie for 'Lemon Meringue Pie'....

  • adi19956

    Hershey/ Nestlé will probably be ecstatic about this. What free/ paid by Google advertising! Unless of course the money went the other way... But I doubt it

    • sdcoiner76

      They are doing a promotion with KitKat. This is in no way free promotion.

      • Himmat Singh

        What does Kit Kat offer Google?

        • adi19956

          A good name

        • sdcoiner76

          50 million KitKat bars in 19 countries will have prominent Android branding and the chance to win a Nexus 7 tablet and Google Play gift cards. Basically it is a advertising trade off because according to reports no money actually changed hands.

      • adi19956

        I realise that, but surely either Google pay for the licence, Nestlé pay for Google to use their name for advertisement reasons or no money changes hands in which case it's like free advertising for Nestlé/ Hershey

        • sdcoiner76

          Way to call it. It has now been reported that no money changed hands. The name was used in exchange for 50 million KitKat bars in 19 countries to have prominent Android branding and offer buyers the chance to win a Nexus 7 tablet and Google Play gift cards.

  • mgamerz

    Damnit it's not krepes!?

  • Himmat Singh

    Wow Google has some good humour. Now, just how many will start thinking the next Android is gonna be named Android Kit Kat.... ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      No, no. Good Humor is an ice cream company. Google has some Nestlé.

      • jak_341

        Or Hershey if you are in the U.S.

      • Himmat Singh

        Just realized it's for real. I'm pretty excited though cause I love 'em Kit Kats! :)

    • Karan O

      it's going to be named KITKAT! it's no april fools man check your calendar!

      • Himmat Singh

        Yeah, what a shocker. Wonder who's idea it was. I'll be happy as long as my next Android device comes with a free pack of Kit Kats!

    • Himmat Singh

      Oh wow, reading the last part again, it's actually true??!?

  • Fabio

    I don't get whether it's a troll or not.

  • challenge_accepted

    People are really making a big deal of the name. Who cares? We should be speculating what they mean by "making the great experience available for everyone". Does that mean the rumor about next version of android lowering the ram usage true? Looks like it'll be an update for the low end phones instead of high end flagships.

    Also, already thinking about 4.4? We just got 4.3!

    • Karan O

      4.3 was just a little optimizer/more stable 4.2! we need a MAJOR update and overhaul! :)

      • Himmat Singh

        That won't come until 5.0 sadly, which Kit Kat doesn't look to be.

        • Karan O

          they changed the name i think it's a major update ! i believe in KITKAT!

          • Sir_Brizz

            Yeah, it will be a major update because it's not Jelly Bean. The version numbering doesn't matter.

  • http://www.innews.dk/ Erroneus

    Where is the video of the statue being unveiled, they uselessly do that.

  • Ashish Raj

    Check out KitKat's twitter account: https://twitter.com/KITKAT

    • Ashish Raj

      I suddenly feel the urge to eat one of these!!

  • Nick Marowsky

    Damn marketing, now I kinda want to eat a kit kat bar...

    • fabulosospucas

      Give me a break

  • Christopher Robert

    Wow.. Kit-Kat...? I am having a hard time believing this would be a brand name, but ok. Still think KLP made more since, considering it is green and everything. I just really hope the OS isn't load with Kit-Kat adds. eg. Like instead of shutdown it just say "Give Me A Break.."

    • Bjajjull

      "Give Me A Break" when you shutdown is brilliant! I love that idea!

    • Karan O

      LOLLLLLLl , That would be AWESOMEEEEEEEEEE!

      give me break ! :D|

      i just want a major design overhaul ! and bug fixer!

    • yash khatri

      even i would love the have a break thingy really awesome

    • Matthew Fry

      "You're shutting me down? Gimme a bre..ak..."

      • ari_free

        Can't wait for version Whatchamacallit

  • yash khatri

    i think it should have a chocolaty interface it would be awesome to crack a stick of kit-kat to unlock the device

  • robert

    Wow Google never fails to impress this why I'm proud to be an android user, this is exciting

  • Taco Monster

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23926938

    No money's changing hands. Surprised that BBC got this scoop.

  • fonix232

    Great promotion, but if the new Nexus phone turns out to be over-expensive, I demand a years supply of KitKat for every owner! The Android-branded one, of course.

  • Thomas’

    Nice how they released this half an hour after Apple's invitation. Who cares about Apple now? ;-)

    • Shamu

      im so glad they did

  • Himmat Singh

    Considering they agreed in principle last December and finalized the deal at this year's MWC in February, and that Kit Kat started producing Android-shaped chocolates 2 months back, I'd say I'm VERY VERY impressed by the fact they managed to keep it secret all this while.

    I tip my hat to you, Google and Nestle. Amazing!

    • Sir_Brizz

      No kidding. This may be the best kept secret in tech.

      • The_Chlero

        in recently tech you mean.

    • Thomas’

      Obviously, Android tech blogs will now start to infiltrate candy maker ;-)
      On Google's side i'll assume that only very few people knew about this.

  • Elias

    5.0 will only come with a major system overhaul, which isn't really needed at this point because the holo interface is usable, mature, up to date and very delightful. There's no point in burning through numbers just to reach version 67.0 asap. Come on, this is not an AOL dialer. They're making many small, steady improvements and polishing the system, not setting milestones, so incremental version numbers are OK.
    My bet is 5.0 will probably come only when they ditch holo for something even better, or with some major system's backend overhaul (which might end up not changing interface at all).

    • Thomas’

      Yeah, a revamp in 5.0 which would slightly kill backward compatibility, but improve the system as a whole, would be a nice thing.

  • hocestquisumus

    They're certainly letting fragmentation shrink while furiously updating Play Services. Soon the version won't matter, all that which updates is that giant, creepy and closed source monster app that can give itself permissions if it wants to. Guess sooner or later, a 'new Version' will mean a few speed enhancements and maybe a launcher with design updates. The real stuff is happening in the background now (including stealth updates).

    • Matthew Fry

      Well... hopefully it means that the things that matter go into Play Services and the things that sell new handsets will go in the OS updates thus keeping low/mid handsets in the ecosystem while giving a reason to continue upgrading.

    • Tills13

      OK guy, take a step back and take off the tinfoil hat.

      • hocestquisumus

        nah, just saying. google always prided itself on openness, but play services is decidedly apple-ish and slightly creepy considering android's obsession with location and the way PS operates. probably the only way to solve the update problem, though.

        sammy, HTC or whoever will never put much more energy into updates since a. they already have your money and b. 99 per cent of their customers just don't care. google does. i just wish they'd communicate it better for the rest of us.

  • Rovex

    The fact that the internet has imploded over the name proves that this was a genius move.

    • Himmat Singh

      Yeah, I mean who'd have ever seen that coming? Plus, I can't recall two major brands teaming up in a manner similar to this before. Naturally, it comes as a shock to most people, and hence the implosion.

  • Simon Belmont

    "Make the experience available for everybody." So if I read between the lines we're talking about an Android version that's easy on lower specced hardware, right?

    That is what KitKat (formerly KLP) was rumored to do. This is great news for my Galaxy Nexus, which will hopefully get the official Android 4.4 update.

    • BrianLipp

      Im hoping it means Google is going to start taking some initiative and force OEMs/carriers to get updates out a lot faster

  • The_Chlero

    The numbering and naming scheme from Google to Android is the weirdest in the tech industry and tech history as far I know.

  • Matthew Fry

    The hell?

  • Simon Belmont

    Google should offer golden tickets in KitKat bars and allow a visit to the Google headquarters. You also get a lifetime supply of Nexus devices.

    How about that for a promotion? Make it happen, Google. I want Willy Wonka edition Nexus devices. Cheers.

    • Matthew Fry

      Why didn't they do this?!?

      • Simon Belmont

        I don't know! It would have been the coolest thing ever.

        I do love me some KitKats though. I have a craving for one now!

    • Kenny O

      This would be incredibly awesome.

    • ari_free

      You don't want to know what will happen to the obnoxious Apple fans...

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

      This may be the best idea I've ever heard.

  • Rovex

    By announcing it today this relatively trivial news has totally washed the Microsoft buy-out of Nokia away.
    Well played Google, well played!

    • gg

      Microsoft's buy out of Nokia wasn't s positive story, it was the final move in Windows phone final demise into obscurity. Nokia had nothing else left and were forced to either sell up our make Android devices they did the former, as ex Microsoft world never allow that to happen.

      • ari_free

        Yeah this is not about turning Nokia into a Windows powered force to be reckoned with.

      • Rovex

        Unfair. WP is actually the fastest growing mobile OS and now has sales approaching 30% of iPhone. Surprised?

    • Justin W

      Don't forget the iPhone announcement... Actually, I think several people already have. It was a genius move by Google, and I think they initially planned it specifically to overpower the iPhone event announcement.

    • Grimmjow

      product announcement has nothing to do with a buyout. MS acquiring Nokia is an end to an era. There isnt even a comparison.

      • Dinofan01

        Yeah. This is better.

  • Owen Finn

    That's it - Google has officially "jumped the shark".

  • Christopher Robert

    Now that Brand Names are open for Android Builds, does that me the next one could be called "LIFE SAVERS", maybe "LAFFY TAFFY", or how about "Lemon Heads"

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