Official: The next edition of Android is “KitKat,” version 4.4

Android logoThis is not a joke. The next version of Android will be called "KitKat." The above picture is not a photoshop, it's an actual picture shared by Sundar Pichai, the head of Android, on Google+. Google has also launched a website for KitKat at android.com/kitkat/. Right now the site only features a small history of Android and the following announcement:

Android is the operating system that powers over one billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. As everybody finds it difficult to stay away from chocolate, we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favorite chocolate treats, Kitkat®!

Android 4.4 KitKat

Yes, this is an actual cross-branding initiative with Nestle's KitKat. The Android site links back to kitkat.com, and KitKat is celebrating the renaming with a new Facebook Profile picture. Nestle will be releasing a limited edition Android KitKat bar, with Willy Wonka-style winning tickets for a new Nexus 7 or Google Play credits.

For almost a year, the community believed the next version of Android would be called "Key Lime Pie," but apparently Google just loves to keep its fanbase guessing.

The bottom of the Android page pegs this version as "4.4" and shows off the official logo. There will no doubt be news about this all day, hopefully including the traditional unpacking video. Stay tuned to Ars and we'll continue update this post or compose another as more information becomes available.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google, OSes

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