In a surprising announcement by Google, the next Android version will be 4.4, instead of the 5.0 that has been long awaited since Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 was all Jellybean). Even more surprising is the code name change from Key Lime Pie to KitKat.
Yes. KitKat. The name is not a joke. Google and Nestle have teamed up and agreed to co-brand and co-promote each other. In a no-money-changed-hands deal, Google’s newest version of Android operating system will take the name of Nestle’s famous chocolate bar, Kit Kat, with the only difference being the lack of space between the words Kit and Kat. Nestle, meanwhile, will produce over 50 million special Android-branded KitKat bars which entitles buyers to take part in a contest to win Nexus 7s, Google Play Store credits or more Kit Kats (a bag of Kit Kat Mini, actually).
Aside from the name, version number and mascot, nothing much else is known about the new Android version. However, while revealing the new mascot, Google (either accidentally or intentionally) showed a glimpse of the back of what is widely presumed to be the next Nexus phone. From the brief look, it seems larger than the Nexus 4 and seems to be another LG device. One thing that caught the eye for most people is how large the lens of the main camera looks. Google has promised to keep improving the camera experience for Android and with this new Nexus (if true) seems capable of delivering on that promise. However, it could also well be just a prototype device being used by a Googler for testing purposes. In any case, Google usually releases the new version of Android along a Nexus device. With the new Nexus 7 (Nexus 7 2013) already announced and released, the Nexus 4 getting a USD100 price reduction earlier and the 8GB Nexus 4 no longer restocked by Google, it is highly probable that Google will release Android 4.4 KitKat with a new Nexus phone just around the corner.
Either, it won’t be long now as the new Android version and any new Nexus devices is expected to be announced around October.
Are you excited for this? I know I am. Finances probably won’t allow me to get my hands on the new Nexus phone but I’ll definitely keep looking out for news and updates as they become available. The new version of Android will definitely make its way to my Nexus 4 and I will give a review of it when possible.
I know I haven’t been blogging much lately but with the launch of Nexus 5 around the corner, I do expect to post more when news becomes available.