Google has taken the wrapping off the next version of Android, and it’s all a bit of a surprise. As it follows Jelly Bean, we knew it would have a codename beginning with the letter K, and up until now we expected it to be Key Lime Pie. We were also pretty sure it would be version number 5.0. However, it turns out both these assumptions were completely wrong.
The next version of Android is going to be number 4.4, and will wear the codename KitKat. Yes, the Nestle-owned chocolate bar. The news was revealed on Android.com, where a history of the previous versions of the OS now ends with Android 4.4. Google says, “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”
If Google selecting the brand name from a popular confectionary company for its next version of Android sounds like it’s selling out, it says it’s not. In an interview with the BBC, Google’s director of global partnerships said, “This is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal.” They wanted to do something fun and unexpected, and chose KitKat because the bars can often be found inside Google coders’ kitchens.
The secretive deal was set up during Mobile World Congress, and to ensure it wasn’t leaked too early, Google continued using the Key Lime Pie name internally. As for Nestle, it’s going to be selling KitKats with Android branding and a competition to win Nexus hardware.
While we know what Android 4.4 will be called, we don’t know when it’ll be released. As Android 4.3 has only recently made its debut, surely there’s still sometime to go, but when it does arrive, it’s sure to gain plenty of attention thanks to this high profile tie-up.