Earlier today, the Nexus and KitKat crowds almost had collective heart attacks when they saw that kitkat.com/android was now password-protected and likely hiding something behind the locked gates. Possibly even all the complete KitKat details we've been dying to see (or whatever is left of them anyway). Could it be? Did the site go down for the big update, and the launch is imminent? Not so fast.


While the page does indeed pop up a login dialog, the revelation doesn't really mean anything just yet. You see, the sites that we've actually been visiting all this time are android.com/kitkat and kitkat.com, not kitkat.com/android. Totally different pages. In fact, I'm fairly sure kitkat.com/android has never been up before, so today's discovery doesn't really mean anything, outside of letting us know where to look once Google is ready and what to F5 in the meantime. For all we know, it's been password-protected through all of its short, yet exciting, life.

Oh, and the Italian error message? Not really a mystery - KitKat.com is hosted in Italy after all.

Back to the waiting room we go. My money's always been and still is on the end of this week.

Thanks, @WinDroidGuy!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • JA

    No problem here

  • Google4lifeeee

    Artem, do u still think android 4.4 is being announced on October 31...???

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

      I don't have concrete evidence, but I have a good feeling about this week.

      Disclaimer: I will not eat my own dicks nor pies if it doesn't pan out.

      • BaconEater
      • TY

        What? You don't like eating pies?

      • fonix232

        Well you could eat a week's supply of chocolate of an unnamed brand and kind that has nice red packaging... :D

        Any way, yes, this Thursday/Friday seems pretty likely. Though I'm not sure, maybe Google wanted to do something really big in SF (see the floating building they were to construct), and now they got delayed? I hope not.

        • RitishOemraw

          Buy me the Maltesers and I'll film myself chowing through them :P

      • mike dunham

        Dicks? How many dicks do you have?

      • Freak4Dell

        Wouldn't they have had to send out invites by now so that the press could book flights and hotels? Or do you think they'll do another non-event release?

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

          That's what I think.

  • challenge_accepted

    What does ap think of the Google plus announcement tomorrow. And we didn't hear anything from the play store event they did. Did they give out review units then? And everyone is under embargo?

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

      As far as we know, nothing happened at the event. It was just a fun party. Of course, TheVerge could have had a private meeting - anything is possible. I am not aware of any units being distributed.

      As for the G+ event, I have no idea. We'll see tomorrow.

  • abeyer56

    Where in the states can you get the Android shaped Kit Kat Bar, or is that only Europe that got treated to that special edition version of the Kit Kat Bar. I live in Illinois (Chicago area)

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

      I checked Walgreens this morning and picked up the regular-shaped ones, so I don't know where those are sold. They taste at least 100% more delicious, I'm sure of it, and I want them.

      • fonix232

        Haven't seen any Android-shaped KitKat bars in Europe, and I just went through a few major cities, so... I'm pretty sure it is a US-only action (again).

      • jonathan3579

        Too bad you can only use one code per Google account. What's worse is that if you try to outsmart the system and use a second code on the same Google account, they'll remove the credit and then lock you out of using that code on another account. (Just found that out today when I noticed $5 missing from my account.)

    • Rudy Belova

      Well, i JUST yesterday got them down here in San Diego, at a 7-eleven so give it time.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Doubtful, I think you mean you got the normal Kit-Kat bars with the Android logo on the front, not a Kit-Kat shaped like the Google Android.

        • Rudy Belova

          Your absolutely right. I misread the original comment. Sorry.

    • mike

      it was a limited edition thing only 200 got made or something like that and they got sent out to youtubers/reviewers etc i think

    • Steven Lam

      android shaped? I just have the normal shaped ones, with android wrapper.
      actually won a 5$ credit on my 3rd bar.

      wifey found it at a 7-Eleven here in NYC.
      Are there really android shaped ones? i thought Wozniak was just special.

  • anzensepp1987

    WHY should Google provide the relevant information about 4.4 on the KitKat-website?

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

      Could be a redirect. Or a page they sent the KitKat team to put up, which they're preparing now. Makes sense to me. Why wouldn't they have KitKat stuff there?

  • Mathias Kenting

    It's weird to think of that we know how the Nexus 5's going to look, but nothing has leaked about Android 4.4/5.0/KitKat.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      It's not 5.0, it's 4.4 and we know much about the aesthetics.

      • pfmiller

        I hope there's more to 4.4 than just some minor color changes and an ugly new dialer icon.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    AFAIK Artem, that page never existed in the first place. It's android.com/kitkat that we should be watching.

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

      That's the idea - if it never existed, it probably has the full details. http://www.android.com/kitkat/ is going to probably stay the same or redirect elsewhere, as that's the page listed on all the KitKat bars.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        But why would Google host the details about their new OS on a separate company's website. I get that they partnered with KitKat, but it doesn't make sense they would put all the details about a new Android version on a candy-bar website.

  • duke69111

    Off topic: The kit kat candy bar contest is a joke. I think the glitch gave it to everyone early on and now there are no winners left.

  • Frederic Golz

    This leak and rumor storys are never going to end..

  • krfz41

    So the agreement between google and kitkat ended, and they are closing the website and preparing to announce Key Lime Pie. lol that would be funny.

  • RitishOemraw

    Is this relevant:
    The last 4-5 codes I entered to kitkat came with an email that I would have to wait just a while longer before I'll hear if I won anything. This has happened to me before so that is nothing special, only that time I got an email the next day. For these 4-5 codes I am already waiting several days.

    server issues? backorders? did I win a nexus 5:P ?

  • Rafaella

    I hope Kitkat solves my problem with 3g connection (which doesn't connect, actually). Got my Nexus 4 about a week ago, immediately updated to 4.2 and ever since no 3g at all =/

  • TheLastAngel

    My girlfriend is dying to inherit my Nexus 4. She has a HTC Desire and that POS can't even hold her period tracker app due to play store/ play services size creep and the tiny ROM. I am in serious trouble, her birthday is coming up fast!

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  • Nelson Wasiuk

    works here

  • Ryan O’Neill

    Is it possible to hack into a password-protected site? Just curious....

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  • brennan

    Hay about a hour ago in Canada we started downloading kitkat for real

    • YodaRocks

      Are you trolling, mate?

      • brennan

        No real deal I'm gonna put a download link in 20 mins I shit u not

        • YodaRocks

          If so, please post the link for the greater good.

          • brennan

            going live ya canada

          • brennan

            mins away

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

            Easy way to earn a ban.

          • brennan

            like i give a sweet fuck your loss i put up the youtube video too its real as it gets

          • brennan

            because of that foul mouth fuck up top there go to xda got the gnex site up n4 site up you can grab your google update there fucking ass clown

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

            And there's your ban then, for trolling and making a shitty hoax. Come on, did you really think you'd trick anyone with this lame setup?



          • borisj

            banned for what?

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

            Does it really need an explanation? For trolling, if he's trolling, and I'm 99% positive he is.

          • borisj

            If he is it's a damn good troll. He even got upset to finish it strong. The pics look really good though and though it may not be KitKat it may be some kind of "sneak peak". It just looks so legit to me.

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

            This looked legit? Come on.

        • Sanic Heghgg

          I'm finding this too good to be true, pal.

          • berennan

            there ya go

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          • brennan

            there was a nfc in my bar

          • Alawn

            Give me a break. That isn't believable at all. You wouldn't be able to download kitkat from google for non nexus devices. The bootloaders are usually locked and it wouldn't have the right drivers. Plus you downloaded the entire rom in a second.

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

        Yes, he is.

        • YodaRocks

          I realized it later. I am ashamed I kinda fed him..

  • Guest

    Android 4.4 Setup Screen :

  • Chris Hut

    It's now up with some info on the new kitkat bars haha

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