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Kit Kat Android Statue Arrives on Google Campus, So Long Key Lime Pie

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Android boss Sundar Pichai just revealed the new name of the next major version of Android – Kit Kat. Through a picture of a new statue on the Google campus lawn along with a note posted to Google+, Pichai said that he “can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites.” In other words, goodbye Key Lime Pie – hello, Kit Kat. 

We still don’t know if it will be Android 5.0 or 4.4 (it’s officially 4.4), but at least we can stop referring to it by the wrong name. We will more than likely see Kit Kat arrive some time around the end of October at a press event that should include the unveiling of new Nexus devices.

For those not familiar with the significance of the statue, just know that each major version of Android is represented by a statue outside of the Android team’s Google building. Whenever a new statue arrives, the new version of Android typically arrives shortly after. In the picture, you can see Gingerbread, Jellybean and Honeycomb.

He also mentioned that Android activations have now topped 1 billion, which is a pretty remarkable number.

Update: It is confirmed that Kit Kat will be Android 4.4.


Via:  @sundarpichai | +Sundar Pichai | Android

Cheers Brian, Jared, Sean, and everyone else!

  • Naman

    what about key lime pie 🙁
    I thought the name is good.
    And won’t it help Kitkat in marketing.

  • Michael Lierman

    Is that going to melt in the sun?

  • Damon C. Walden

    You can also see ice cream sandwich back there… and éclair. I also find it interesting and sort of frustrating that the gesture typing in the android keyboard can add the acute accent to éclair but will not spell the word too no matter what.

    Also, as an employee of a Nestle factory, I think kit-kat is a terrible choice for the name. Fun fact: The US is the only country in the world that the kit-kat is NOT manufactured by Nestle.

  • jmsbwmn

    I’m sure someone already said this, but I see Eclair and Ice Cream Sandwich, too. 🙂

  • AD4

    Check out the unveiling video for the statue. 0:38 that’s not a Nexus 4.

  • “In the picture, you can see Gingerbread, Jellybean and Honeycomb.” And Ice Cream Sandwich and Eclair.

  • imronburgundy

    This is a dumb name.

  • gorkon

    Freakin genius.

    • Luxferro

      I agree, helps them get some marketing. And marketing from people that know how to market.

      Made me want a kitkat bar as well.

  • Dave

    I think I’ll just stick to calling it 4.4.

  • Maybe they should have called it Kellex instead! (shameless brown-nosing complete)

  • Adamania

    Break me off a piece of that.