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As soon as Android head Sundar Pichai tweeted the image of a KitKat-themed Android statue on the lawn at Google, it was on. The official KitKat twitter account got in on the fun, and the Android KitKat website went live with a confirmation that it was indeed going to be Android KitKat. What's more, this is not Android 5.0. This is 4.4.

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The Android KitKat site has a neat little retrospective of the entire Android version history and a bit of info about a contest. Special Android-branded KitKat packaging is heading to stores, and you could win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit by checking the wrapper. So, no Google isn't going off the reservation and stealing a trademarked name. KitKat is working with Mountain View, but Google has said that neither Nestle nor Google paid the other for this arrangement. The contest will be offering up 1000 Nexus 7 tablets, 150,000 $5 Google Play credits, and 20,000 coupons for a free 8 ounce bag of Kit Kat Minis. It all kicks off September 6th and runs through January 31, 2014.

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We don't have any features or release date details as of yet, but the next version of Android can't be far off now. In fact, Google tends to release new versions with new hardware, so maybe the new Nexus phone is on the way too.

[Android KitKat, KitKat Twitter, Sundar Pichai Twitter]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • navjot

    Time for the next set of rumors. Android 4.7 Lemonhead?

  • reevester

    meh. Again, a US only event I presume.

    Makes me wanna not buy KitKat's even more!

    • KitKatBarDroidThing

      You DO know that Kit Kats aren't just US-only, right?

      Furthermore, I'm sick of hearing people not in the US bitch about promotions from US companies. Don't blame the company, blame your damn countries and their laws.

      Have you ever stopped to think that maybe your country's laws prevent giveaways and sweepstakes like this? Have you ever thought about shipping costs? Taxes on giveaways and sweepstakes in your country?

      If Google didn't care about your country, they wouldn't put the language in the OS, they wouldn't do their best to get you Google Music or Google Play, they wouldn't acknowledge your existence AT ALL.

      Does it suck that you aren't included? Yes. The world sucks. But it's not always a company's fault.

      Also, you get things people in the US only DREAM of such as a country that isn't ruled by big-name companies, and actual not crappy cellphone carriers that most likely won't take your every penny in fees because your government doesn't understand technology. How about the US's crappy patent system that lets people sue people for ANY reason?

      So yeah. Stop whining. If you have a Nexus 4 (and you should), you'll get 4.4 too. Be happy, some people still are stuck on 2.3.

      • Justin W

        You go girl!

        I agree with your stance on this - if you bitch that you don't get something the US gets, there are other factors than "it's because we are international".

      • Perv Bear

        Can I have your chocolate covered babies.

    • http://www.gameosaur.com/ neoKushan

      Not US Only: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23926938

      "To promote the alliance, Nestle now plans to deliver more than 50
      million chocolate bars featuring the Android mascot to shops in 19
      markets, including the UK, US, Brazil, India, Japan and Russia."

  • s_bomb

    This lame corporate tie-in is so un-Google that I am holding out a glimmer of hope that it's a joke...

    • Drome

      completely agree. It feels gross. I am surprised they debuted the statue before the new OS version was announced.

      • Nathan Borup

        not only does it feel gross... that statue looks like a terd

      • sweenish

        I was pretty sure that the statue has always shown up first.

    • Lalit Mali

      Android is open, and open source and it keeps royalties to minimum I believe. Why would they spend unnecessary money like that?

      • comeonnow

        it's Google that got a fat cheque for that, not the other way around.

        • lewishnl

          neither got paid anything according to the BBC...

        • blah

          No.money changed hands it was chosen because that what the coders liked and because it would make the rumor mill press look like total idiots, and would be a great reminder to not believe anything you read online

      • asdf
        • money

          yeah i doubt it, Android is huge and millions of people are going to talk "KitKat" daily for the next several months, it's going to be in the press, on adverts etc. Waaay too much advertising for no money.

          • Justin W

            Yes, and how many millions of dollars worth of merchandise did Google give to Nestle to run this contest? The costs even out to what likely amounts to a very small amount of money going in either direction.

          • Stylus_XL

            Edit: responded to the wrong person.

          • http://www.bricewgilbert.blogspot.com Brice Gilbert

            Mutually beneficial. No need to exchange money where it's free advertising for both essentially.

        • Lalit Mali

          I see. Cool then.

    • Fernando

      Joke or not, i want a piece.

    • David

      Not really, it's just a bit of fun. More about the "neither side was paying the other" partnership can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23926938

    • TY

      The fun there is very Google-ish, though.
      They are referring the K-release as KLP to almost everyone sans a small group of them. Everyone is surprised.

    • Bariman43

      I wasn't aware it was totally up to the consumer to decide what Google does with their platform.

  • Jake

    Anyone see this as a kind of sellout?

    • Stylus_XL

      Google are a hugely rich multinational corporation, not a struggling indie developer. It's impossible for them to 'sell out' at this point.

      Personally I find it hilarious that they totally dismissed the 'Key Lime Pie' name that everyone spent the past year running with.

      • Perv Bear

        In the BBC article some person keeps telling that's because most do not know what it tastes like, most people not eating food from the trash know what a kitkat tastes like, and even some people eating from the trash knows what that tastes like.

  • Katy Brown

    ......

  • Phill_S

    Dont ask what my source is, but 5.0 is going to be Lucky Charms.

    You read it here first.

    • John

      Source?™

    • http://www.gameosaur.com/ neoKushan

      Great, so in Typical Google fashion you won't be able to fucking get ahold of it anywhere outside the US.

      • Daveon Jackson

        Wait, Lucky Charms aren't sold outside the US?

        • usaff22

          Nope.

          • Daveon Jackson

            Looks like im staying in the US.

          • usaff22

            Why would you want to leave in the first place? lol

          • Daveon Jackson

            Why would i want to stay here all my life when there is so much more of the world out there.

          • Jacob Serna

            Haha that's deep man.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230008633 Jens Törnblad

            Want to switch? We can change places. You're welcome to Sweden, the country that's nowhere near how the US think it is.

          • wiz_kid

            What's so bad about Sweden?

          • iamnid

            They sell them in Canada

        • JerryBolton

          They sell them in Canada.

          • Daveon Jackson

            That doesn't surprise me Canada is our neighbor.

          • Michael Sheils

            Pfft, Canada is just the healthy, secure & well balanced man's America.

          • Greyhame

            This would possibly be true if Quebec wasn't a part of Canada. ;)

        • Kieron Quinn

          You can only see them in some places in the UK, only ever seen them in a US import shop

          • Ivan Myring

            I saw them once in a tescos MEGA STORE but I never saw them since, though one of my friends always used to have them for breakfast, so I don't know where he got them

          • Kieron Quinn

            I've only ever seen them here:
            http://www.manchesterdirectory.co.uk/info/27144/

        • marc edwards

          they are vaguely available in the uk

      • The_Chlero

        They are sold in Mexico

        • Andy Stetson

          and UK according to engadget.

    • pobautista

      No, it will be Lindor Chocolate Truffle.

      Invented in 1955, Lindor is sold by Lindt worldwide. Lucky Charms is a cereal and not a dessert.

  • PhineasJW

    What?

    A registered trademark and no 5.0?

    Guess Google really has shifted their update schedule to more individual apps -- which is probably a good thing.

  • Katy Brown

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

    BBC have a story covering how the deal actually happened, worth a read.

    • Justin W

      It's a good read too.. Thanks!

  • Mark Slavin

    Is this a joke?

  • Bariman43

    Omg I thought this was a joke. Sounds awesome! Also probably means Android 5 is Lemon Merengue since a pie name has not been used yet.

    ...

    Okay I just looked at this again and it still sounds like a joke. Google you so crazy.

  • mgamerz

    So... Do the end-users (rom developers, etc) get to use it and call it KitKat without having to do legal work with it? (e.g. You could say Optimized for Jellybean no problem, but can you do that with KitKat?)

    • http://www.gameosaur.com/ neoKushan

      Yes, this isn't a legal issue at all. At worst, you'll have to put in a little disclaimer saying that you're not affiliated with Nestlé,

    • Sir_Brizz

      This easily falls under fair use.

    • Justin W

      Since it's the name of an Open Source product, yes you can.

  • Joo

    I call bs on this one. Android 4.4 Kitkat? Didn't think so. Why would google set aside it's habits about android version names?

    • no

      what? 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich 4.1 Jelly Bean, there's already a problem.

      • Joo

        Please enlighten me what the problem is....
        4.0 "Ice cream sandwich"
        4.1 "Jelly bean"
        4.4 "Kitkat"
        5.0 "Key lime pie"

        2x letter "K"? No way! Key Lime Pie was anounced months ago

        • Mike Harris

          Key Lime Pie was never announced as the name. Only the version number was discussed. You just bought into the rumors.

        • Haunter

          You can't be serious... Key Lime Pie was NEVER officially announced.

          4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich

          4.1: Jelly Bean

          4.2: Jelly Bean (A new flavor was the tagline)

          4.3: Jelly Bean

          4.4: KitKat

        • QwietStorm

          I guess you really do need some enlightenment. Key Lime Pie is nothing more than myth at the moment.

  • Mark Slavin

    It's a brand name owned by another company. Did any cash change hands?

  • Phill_S

    Honestly I dont get people's hate. It will make no difference to anything important jeez wtf?

    Note that if this was KLP the amount of coverage outside of tech blogs would be near zero.

    • hello

      I don't use Custom ROMs on my Nexus 4, but I'd still be incredibly pissed if Google decided to stop releasing the source.

      • Ivan Myring

        Why would Google stop releasing source? Its an open source OS

      • Haunter

        Did you mean to respond to another comment? Because this makes no sense.

    • Chris

      It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It feels like having a commercial in my pocket.

      • Phill_S

        I dunno bout your phone but mine says Samsung on it so I already have a commercial in my pocket. Luckily my carrier doesnt put its logo on there too otherwise I would have two.

        If this were like product placements in film or TV I guess I could see an argument, but its just an abstract codename.

        • Chris

          It's on Google's front lawn. it'll be in the 'about' section on the phone. It'll be the debugging icon. Take every time you've heard "Jelly Bean" in the last year or so and replace it with "KitKat" and there you go.

          • Eli Staroverov

            It's not in the 'about' section. It's only in the easter egg if you click Android Version multiple times. Otherwise it will still be android 4.4

          • squiddy20

            And how many average persons even know there's a debugging icon, that Google has statues of all of the named Android versions (since they skipped A and B) on their front lawn, or even which version of Android they currently have on their phone/tablet?
            Unless they are tech enthusiasts like ourselves, the average person won't hear a thing about which Android version is on which phone or what it has/does until they go into a carrier store or get a system update.

          • omegavesko

            It will not be in the "about" section - About Phone will just say Android 4.4. The easter egg will say it like it does now, but that's about it. Even the boot animation never tells you the codename.

        • infogulch

          If you had a Verizon phone you'd have a commercial and a BILLY MAYS SCREAMING BILLBOARD in your pocket that yells at you every time you press the home button.

      • Rovex

        Um hello?? Google?? advertising company?? Did that pass you by?

      • Albert H

        I know it's tempting, but please do NOT eat your phone, no matter what. Even if it's a vanilla Cupcake, sprinkly chocolate Donut, French Eclair, creamy Froyo, winter-warming Gingerbread, super-sweet Honeycomb, classic Ice Cream Sandwich, Easter Jelly Bean, or a crisp chocolatey Kit Kat, eating your phone will ALWAYS leave a bad taste in your mouth. (Not mentioning a few scars, too!)

  • Shamu

    Didn't expect to come to my computer and find this...at all

  • Huntrowmar

    Sorry....no one has said this yet, so I will go ahead and get it out of the way. GIVE ME A BREAK! GIVE ME A BREAK! You know the rest.

    • MeCampbell30

      Break me off a piece of that Android code?

  • Thomas

    Is this our punishment for speculating on codenames?

    • infogulch

      This.

      • IronHorse01

        Is.. Sparta!

        • marco

          on, this is patrick!

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      Nuff said

    • popi

      Agreed.

    • Leonardo Baez

      yes...

    • anywherehome

      no, they simply don't manage to release the real 5.0 version on time so they stepped back with the version 4.4
      we are hungry for the 5.0 so they have done at least this...
      you will see....almost not any innovation....thats why just "4.4"

    • Guest

      Yes

  • Laurence R

    Anyone else in the mood for a kit kat?

    • Sir_Brizz

      Yes...

      • Sven

        It already works!

    • Rich A

      Nah, I'm a Type 1 diabetic.

  • Phill_S

    The race is on to see who can put the first kitkat theme up on mycolorscreen...

  • Guest

    According to BBC, nobody pays for this move http://www.bbc. co. uk/news/technology-23926938

  • dethduck

    wha...?

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

    Here are the details of the KitKat Google giveaway: "As part of the U.S. campaign, Kit Kat brand and Google will offer consumers the chance to win 1,000 Nexus 7 tablets, 150,000 Google Play $5.00 credits and 20,000 coupons for a free 8 ounce bag of Kit Kat Minis. To enter the promotion, consumers should look for a code inside the wrapper of specially marked Kit Kat 1.5 oz bars where they will need to visit android.com/kitkat for their chance to win. The promotion will run between September 6, 2013 and January 31, 2014."

    • angel_spain

      If this promotion is launched outside US please update us.

      • Ivan Myring

        UK as well according to engadget

        • Hal Motley

          Oh really?

    • Mike Larrabee

      Sing with me now: "I've got a golden ticket..."

      • Haunter

        I too immediately thought of Willy Wonka.

  • angel_spain

    I still need to see it in capital bold letters to believe it's going to be called that way. Fry meme never was so right.

  • Stylus_XL

    The nerd rage that this has caused is absolutely hilarious. Only Android fans could get this worked up about the name of an OS.

    • Phill_S

      Sadly this is too true to not get voted up. I <3 this community a lot but damn do we focus on the wrong things sometimes - this deal is going to be huge for Android and making our experience as end users better.

      • j7.deville

        I just love the Way Google does things, keeps it fresh and different from the same old boring Tech Companies, at least one thing is for sure we will always get great products and Google will never become boring and predictable like idumb Apple.

    • Eli Staroverov

      The thing that really ticks me off is that this is a CODENAME and people seem to forget that. Saw someone comment "I don't want to say my phone is running Android KitKat."

      It's not. It's running Android 4.4 who cares what it's called

      • Haunter

        You hush with your rational thought... you're going to interrupt the rage storm uh-bewin'.

    • DamianL

      Yea, rage is hilarious, but I believe that is also caused by version number. Everyone was expecting a huge step forward with new 5.0.

      Now, when it's official that this will be 'only' 4.4, everyone is pissing pants that in october/november they will introduce new lockscreen and some security fixes.

      5.0 KitKat would be much better received than 4.4 KitKat...

      • OSagnostic

        That would be very expensive as they would have to make a 5 finger KitKat !!!

        This would also have a very bad impact on the obesity rates around the world (you may not want that fifth finger but you will eat it because its there).

        • Paul Taylor

          We already have had 5 finger KitKat's in the UK. so they could have gone with a 5.0 release and still do all the marketing with KitKat etc.

          • Bloodflame87

            But did you get a 5 finger discount on it?

      • Fatty Bunter

        What does it matter? All the delay in 5.0 means is that when 5.0 does come around, it'll have even more features than if it had been released now.
        Google thinks the 4.4 features were worth releasing before the bulk of 5.0 presumably for some good reason.
        TLDR; Google has method behind its mayhem.

        • Hans Pedersen

          I don't think it's as much about new features but how the UI will work. Jelly Bean is pretty full of features as it is. :)

    • remister

      It seems some fanboys need to take a break.

    • Gnex

      Wait, is this real? Like really real? I'm extremely confused.

    • DaMac

      I can just see it now... iOS has been using the names of cats, and Android has been using the name of sweets. Mac users will eventually be running the Calico OS, snd Android users with be using the Payday (version 11.7)...

  • Defenestratus

    While these contests are great - I'm cursing my Type 1 diabetes even more than usual right now.

  • xenolyse

    This is madness!

    • Ishimaru

      THIS. IS. ANDROID!

  • JerryBolton

    Better name than "Mavericks"

  • Danny Holyoake

    Looks like this giveaway is US only. Lame, but expected of Google I suppose.

    • vwbeetlvr

      Considering Kit Kat is made by Hersheys in US, and Nestle everywhere else around the world, they are going to have separate giveaways.

    • Ivan Myring

      UK as well I think.

  • iamnid

    Give me a break! Anyway, has a better ring to it than Key Lime Pie

  • Mirosław Jurdeczka

    well i sounds better than key lime pie

  • wickets

    this is terrible....now shin et al are going to say no update to 4,3 for current phones, we'll wait for 4.4 to do update ...pricks

    • ScottColbert

      What did you even say? That made no sense.

  • HurrDurr

    Who the hell cares if it's a sell out!? As long as Google keep developing and makeing progress with Android I couldn't care less!"

    • Phill_S

      But that is the funny thing - it isnt selling out to partner with a major international brand to do a major promotional campaign, especially since no money changed hands on the deal.

  • usaff22

    After signing up for release info at the bottom of the page, I got an email reply from noreply@google.com:

    Thank you. Your information has been sent to Google. A member of the team will be in touch shortly.

    Lol

  • Sañket Shah

    Kitkat is a nice name as compared to key lime pie .
    Was shocked to see it being unveiled on twitter by sundar pichai
    The contest is surely gonna attract mamy and 1 billion devices is a great achievement that's actually 100million in just last 4 months ( considering Google I/o as reference )

  • crane476

    I'm not mad that they named it Kit-Kat. I could care less about the name. What's got me in disbelief is that this is yet ANOTHER incremental update. I understand not every version is going to be a major overhaul like 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but come on. Are we gonna go all the way to 4.9 before we get to 5.0?

    • Sir_Brizz

      This is probably not an incremental update. Major changes are typically made when the name changes, not when the version changes. Just look at how many of the numbers on the story page are minor numbers.

    • Hal Motley

      To me it's a satirical name. Google have already announced Android Key Lime Pie and historically all the names since Cupcake have gone alphabetically, all the way to Jelly Bean today. This all feels out of place.

      • Sir_Brizz

        To be fair, they never officially announced that name. It was from internal memos and documents.

        • Hal Motley

          Images as well. They had a picture of the droid eating a slice of key lime pie. It all fitted so nicely. Also this is the first branded food too.

          It's just so out of place!

    • ScottColbert

      Who said it was an incremental update?

  • Daniel

    My prediction is that the new Nexus 10 will be (at least one device) announced with the launch of KitKat. Sept 4th is the launch of the new Transformer Tablet (most likely the device the new nexus 10 will be based off of) and a couple days later this contest starts? Most likely before/on the start date is the 4.4 announcement.

  • Hal Motley

    I always thought the UK KitKat packaging looks WAY better than the USA's, sorry guys:

    • Willie D

      KitKat looks different in many areas. In Japan it almost looks generic. My roommate sometimes picks up the Japanese versions at the store and Im like "Macha Tea KitKat" WTF!?

      • crackinthewall

        They have weird flavors in Japan. I'm not even sure how they go about doing that.

    • QwietStorm

      Do you eat the wrapper?

      • Hal Motley

        I have eaten muffin and cupcake cases in the past. But never a foil KitKat wrapper. I could start however. XD

    • Ivan Myring

      I liked the old tin foil one. I liked to tear the foil.

    • Mobile Phones Fan

      ...much as I have always felt Google's US programs are WAY better than their (often dramatically belated if not entirely non-existent) overseas offers.

      Sorry, foreign dudes. ;-)
      .

  • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

    Looks like the contest is US only. I'm in India and I don't see anything about it on the Kit Kat page.

    • Hal Motley

      Google aren't good at international competitions. Android Police do try their best and I am immensely grateful for it. :-)

    • Sir_Brizz

      Running international contests can be a pain at best. There are too many jurisdictions with ridiculous rules.

      • Hal Motley

        We still want a opportunity for free stuff though. XD

    • Andrew Kachaniwsky

      Canada doesn't seem to be included either... Google continues to suck at this.

  • Jose Torres

    This sort of reminds me of how sport stadiums give away their souls to the highest corporate bidder. When I go to watch a Giants game I resent that it's in "AT&T Park". Grrrr.

    • Hal Motley

      In London we have the O2 Arena. I guess the next thing is for a company to buy a few weeks on the front page of Google. XD

  • Gsizzle

    lol @ all the people freaking out.

    • cabbiebot

      i love me a good nerd meltdown!

  • QwietStorm

    Well that came out of nowhere.

  • jTc42

    I don't understand.... Maybe they realised K is a crap letter for dessert names, so created 4.4 to get it out the way in an unimportant way, freeing up v5.0 for L? Please? Let this be some kind of joke.

  • Francois Roy

    Google @Cadbury: Sue my ass and see if I care

    • Hal Motley

      More like @Kraft:

  • chocolatejunkie

    God I am going to be so fat come January 31!

  • Mehmet Fatih

    By looking all these flavors. I can say that KitKat is more than just some milky chocolate. It looks more like a huge franchise :)

    edit: There is even a wasabi flavor of kitkat. wtf

    • Himmat Singh

      Ok, I'm a huge Kit Kat fan but all those packaging looks alien to me. In Malaysia we only have the standard red packet Kit Kat bar. Still one heck of a chocolate though!

      • jonoave

        You can buy the green tea flavour ones in Japanese stores in Midvalley, KLCC etc. I think you can probably find a few more flavour there as well.

      • Zach B.

        Most places in America only sell the standard red Kit Kat bar as well. If you want some of the other flavors you'll have to go to a candy store. (Which isn't very common anymore)

  • mgamerz

    We aren't even at 4.3.1.

  • Lynxy

    Well this came out of nowhere. Excuse me while I stare at the screen with a "wtf" face for the next 5 minutes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230008633 Jens Törnblad

    "It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody."

    Sounds like a pretty boring release for us. Maybe we'll just get better performance on low-end devices? That none of us buy anyways.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I heard that was what the next version was supposed to bring to the table anyway. based on their language the rumors seem to be true (besides the name LOL)

    • Matthew Fry

      Don't you worry. If it runs better on low end devices, it runs even more buttery on high end.

  • ScratchC

    By making the general public more aware of the newest version of the OS,
    Android is going to put pressure on hardware makers to incorporate
    the latest version of the android OS into their releases...and make them keep these devices updated. How is this not a good thing?
    Besides it's an awesome marketing idea to bring people other than tech-geeks to buy into the eco-system ...You know... The millions of people who might not even realize that HTC Sense or Samsung Touchwiz skins run atop of the Android OS ... or that still associate Android with cheap budget devices that weren't great in the past and so they stick to Apple products like the iPhone because they don't know any better.
    Trust me I know lot of those people they were amazed when I showed them what my S4 can do that their iPhone can't (and mind you the S4 isn't necessarily the best device) yet their reply is always....
    "I thought Android phones were all bad I remember when I had (Insert crappy budget android device here) like 2-3 years ago it froze all the time and it never worked for me"

  • jTc42

    I f***ing like KitKats. I think it was a shock because amazingly nothing leaked, but now it's settled a tiny bit, I think I'm cool with this.

  • miri

    I've never been so confused, yet so thoroughly pleased all at once.

  • Matthew Fry

    Can't wait for my phone case made out of Kit-Kats. I can eat it in an emergency.

  • Google put an ad in my ads

    I'm predicting 5.0 will be code name: Lipitor

  • 02browns

    That's amazing!

  • Lasse
  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    Ironic, KitKat is 100% British. Even if owned by a foreign company now. Yet we don't get to party. :(

  • Gordon Lutz

    Sweet!! Love the name. Can't wait to upgrade to this.

  • Rob Johnson

    So is the contest only for you Yanks?

    • Chippah

      UK, US, Brazil, India, Japan and Russia.

      • GeeKLoRD

        No contest in India or Brazil.

  • votdfak

    What d ef?

  • Rob

    KitKat. Get in my belly and my smartphone! :)

  • Godspoken

    RIP Key Lime Pie.

    • Benjamin Pavel

      I'm pretty sure they did that just to surprise us and make our predictions wrong.
      Google one of the biggest troll ever haha :P

      • Marty

        I read somewhere that they decided against it because a lot of people don't know what a key lime pie tastes like. They wanted something people could relate to more.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    I already love eating Kit Kats. Looks like this is a great excuse to buy a bunch of them come Sept. 6.

  • http://www.hdpixels.net/ HDpixels

    Google Andorid 4.4 KitKat Prepare for Sweet New Treat

  • j7.deville

    I don't understand way people are complaining, Google is a Unique Company their Products their Software, even their Pricing, everything they do is different being predictable is boring, at least their not turning into apple, stale and irrelevant with kindergarden OS's

  • MikeRL100

    Give me a break, people! Of that KitKat bar! Lame pun was destined to appear sooner or later.

  • Lukas

    Then what about the whole fuss with key lime pie? Didn't they even have it as desert?

  • Guest

    First press rendering leaked. Notice the new search bar!

  • nitin saroha

    Android 5 will be called Lollipop and Alexandra Stan will the mascot....

  • Larsera

    "It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for
    everybody." Maybe this is the update where Android can run on lower-spec hardware without performance issues?

  • abqnm

    New leaked press rendering for 4.4 KitKat! Notice the new search bar!

  • Malufor

    Haha, why not. First i was a bit shocked, but Android 4.4 KitKat is pretty neat. What i don't like is the 4.4. Should have been 5

    • PhineasJW

      It's likely another minor set of changes, hence the reason it's staying in the 4.x branch.

      • Malufor

        exactly. But i wouldn't be surprised if there were more things to come than we can see now. at least new Nexus hardware

  • Deltaechoe

    LOL Kitkat, I think google did that just to troll the community

  • Calvin Tran

    fun name, now i will be calling my phone a chocolate name xD

  • Shane Phillips

    Seems as if this is US only... sigh.

  • Dayne Salt

    2013 Nexus 7 with LTE and 4.4 before xmas and I'll be a very happy boy :)

  • GraveUypo

    huh. i don't much like kitkats. they're ok but we've got better stuff here. it's like a worse version of BIS to me.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6cpveHVNL0g/UNJXDJ_AOEI/AAAAAAAAAGM/b9fvZm-X-Ds/s320/bis-03.jpg

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Wish the promo was available in Spain :(

  • TJ

    apparantly the promo is also in the netherlands: https://www.haveabreak.nl/index.html so it's a bit weird.

  • hyperbolic

    Naming OS with chocolate/sweet names is epic.

  • Aaron Quevedo

    To be honest, KIT KAT does sounds great for the next Android version. Better than Key Lime Pie.

  • Pascal

    Only in US or?

  • http://www.thenexttechblog.blogspot.com/ Christopher Ballenger

    It's all coming together. Nexus 4 price drop = new Nexus = new version of Android!

  • merman1983

    So lame! I can't believe they would do this! *is going to buy tons of Kit Kats*

  • wekebu

    All I know is I just got hungry. I'll buy many KitKats looking for my Nexus 7!

  • 5middle1

    ...Really? People are up in arms over KitKat and not 4.4? Maybe it's because I'm Chinese or because my family name is literally the number 5... but it still not being 5.0 (even though it is the 5th anniversary) pisses me off so much more...

  • http://www.lacksokning.com/ Energiläckage

    But then Google is essentially the world’s biggest advertising company, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by this decision. Google and Nestlé will be celebrating the news by giving away Nexus 7 tablets and Google Play credit in some branded KitKat wrappers.

    Statusbesiktning - Statuskontroll - Vattenläckage - Läcksökning

  • Smash41

    Anyone else think they missed a trick not calling this Knickerbockerglory?

  • evilrabbit

    Pretty ridiculous that Belgian citizens can't compete...imo

  • Larizard

    why tf am i getting the korean version of this site?

  • Dakota Hester

    Your move Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, and Symbian.

  • Callahan

    Thanks Google for charging me $299. for... What I mean to say is...
    I hope 4.4 is not as super-useless as 4.3 was.
    Can't you just round it up to 5.0 and give us Google Time Travel™, or Warp Speed?Invisibilty... An LTE fix?
    Something?
    -Callahan

  • Dean

    Tried every shop in Doncaster UK, and not seen one kit kat android promotional wrapper

  • http://Tech2Yantra.blogspot.com/ Manu Presannakumar

    Google names it's Latest version of Android as KITKAT but I think this is shameful and may dent google reputation.why? because poor Indian kitkat nexus 7 contest winners were promised with the latest all new Nexus 7(2013) tab,

    but instead now they are being shipped with an old stock Nexus7 (2012) which has manufactured date of mar 2013. All the 1000 winners in India got fooled and betrayed by androidKITKAT promoters.shame.

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