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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.

Thoughts?

Via:  @sundarpichai | +Sundar Pichai | Android

Cheers Brian, Jared, Sean, and everyone else!

  • Shaun O’Toole

    Couldn’t love this any more if I tried….Tripping OUT!!!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    WOWWWWWW MIND….BLOWN.

    We’ve never been wrong about these

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Except when people thought 2.2 was going to be Flan instead of Froyo.

  • Radgatt

    I can see it now… After this the following version of android will be licorice..

    • fauxshizzl

      If they stay with the commercial names going forward it will probably be many years down the road when we get to Twizzler.

  • Philip J. Fry
  • JMac726

    Next up, Android 5.0 LifeSavers!

    • wynalazca

      I’d much prefer Lemonhead

      • fauxshizzl

        As long as it isn’t licorice. That stuff is so terrible I don’t even like saying the name.

    • Gene

      Or Jolly Rancher.

      • Robbie Gerling

        fail much there? we already passed the J (last summer)

      • Nick

        Uh, say “Jellybean” much – Doh

  • B Mont

    It will be 4.4 and there’s a special Android & Kit Kat contest coming
    http://www.android.com/kitkat/index.html

  • maxx1987

    well now we do know that it’s 4.4 according to android.com/kitkat (scroll down through the storyline of android), that’s what they’re calling it.

  • JMac726

    Android Lemonheads 5.0!

    • jbdan

      how bout 5.0 diabetes! :p

      • MacNificent

        Being that I’ve had diabetes for 25 years and I’m only 32. I don’t think is is funny at all. And you must know nothing about the android version name schemes. This comment is just as funny as me saying.
        “how bout Kancer or Kkk or Kill jbdan! :p”

        (I’m not an internet gangster. I really just didn’t like your comment at all)

        • jbdan

          All in good fun. The “sweets” nomenclature cracks me up. Please take it with a grain of salt, I apologize

          • MacNificent

            It’s all good. And I saw/knew what you did there. It’s just that some of us were basically born with it and didn’t acquire it from eating sweets. Maybe it hit a just hit the wrong nerve and I had to speak out about it.
            No apology necessary. It’s only the internet.
            Enjoy the rest of your day or night!

  • Wil Payne

    Not surprised 4.4 is the version number instead of 5.0. 1.x, 2.x, 3.x, and 4.x all are almost entirely different from each other, and Android probably won’t make a huge design jump for at least another year or 2.

    I am surprised that the version is actually being cross-promoted(?) Strangest thing ever.

    • Perv Bear

      Almost smartest thing ever.

  • thedonxr

    What will the version number be again? /s :-P

    • http://motorola.wow-panda.com/ Bence Borovi

      Android 4.4, KitKat

      • Ian

        You don’t speak sarcasm do you?

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    awkward

  • Guest
  • samosa king

    I know it’s too soon but I can’t wait to see what the name of the next version of Android will be called!!! :D

    • red014

      Lemon Party

      • JasonS

        Laffy Taffy?

  • Cameron Laudick

    Wonder what this means for 4.4 – “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”

  • Ian

    18 android.com confirmations later….looks like its going to be 4.4. Thanks guys.

  • Tommy Thompson

    It’s 4.4. Go to the site. http://www.android.com/kitkat/

  • Ray Gray

    This is brilliant if you think about it… advertising for a candy bar while pushing your next version of android. They really got us because no one saw this coming

  • NexusPhan69

    Does this mean Nexus 5 is closer than we think?! It should be released at the same time right?

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      In the past, the statue usually goes up no more than a few weeks before the reveal. So yeah I’m thinking this has gotta be close now.

      • brkshr

        That’s how it usually goes. That’s why I thought this was a troll post at first. It seems pretty far in advance of a reveal & they went with a trademarked name. Blew me away!

      • tomn1ce

        Maybe Google is going to troll apple and announce the Nexus 5 Next week…lol

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Good. I love kit kats and hate key lime pie.

  • Raj Bhatt

    I feel like we are being trolled… The “Learn more about Kit Kat” button at android.com takes you to the candy bar website.

    • Guest

      Yeah is it gonna tell you about the unreleased software?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well Kit Kat is the Candy bar and the new OS is KitKat (without space) so I would expect that “Learn more about Kit Kat” would take you to the Candy bar.

  • thedonxr

    *MIND BLOWN*

  • BRIM

    It’s confirmed 4.4 on Android blog

  • Guest

    http://www.android.com/kitkat/

    According to that, it is Android 4.4.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Did KLP leave the building with Hugo??

  • Raj Bhatt

    http://www.android.com/kitkat/ Says that it is Android 4.4!

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      yo is that bgr in your favorites?

      • Raj Bhatt

        hahaha i check BGR and Gizmodo once in a while to see what those biased idiots have to say.

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        haha! Called out. God I hate BGR.

        • TheWenger

          Stopped reading them two years ago when they disabled comments.

  • sc4fpse

    Mind = Blown.

    • joejoe5709

      Came here to say the same thing. Kinda feel like it’s April Fools or something…

  • BiggiePhat

    All I want to know is where I can buy a KitKat bar shaped like that.

  • slide83

    Android 4.5 – Lemonheads!

    • tomn1ce

      Milkyway will be released in 2015….

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Literally got goosebumps when I saw this post. Am I weird?

    • yeahyourweird

      Yeah.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Wow, interesting. Isn’t that a little “Name Brand” for Google?

  • Roberto Taylor

    Straight from the website:

    “Android 4.4, KitKat”

  • Jonathan Bunch

    Gives new meaning to candybar form factor

    • Jonathan Bunch

      and on that note, saying they want to make it available for everybody hints that it is going to be able to run on older devices and be much lighter version of android as previously rumored

      • brkshr

        It would be nice for those Gingerbread stragglers to get caught up. I feel bad for them having GB as their Android experience. I’m imagining limited functionality though. Kind of how iOS does with it’s older phones.

        • fauxshizzl

          By the time carriers actually push it out (looking at you Verizon) those people will probably have new phones anyway.

          • brkshr

            Very true

        • tomn1ce

          I doubt that OEMs which still have devices running on GB are going to waste resources updating old devices to kitkat..

        • Droidzilla

          Most of the true updates are OS independent. That’s how Google now rolls, and why core apps (GMail, Maps, etc.) are now in the Play Store. Check out some info on the Google Play Services app; Google’s trying to make the bulk portion of OS upgrades obsolete so that you no longer have to be at the mercy of OEMs and carriers to get the new, good stuff.

  • @bleakneonblack

    android.com/kitkat…. 4.4

  • Godzilla

    Dafuq?

    • Ej McCarty

      Shutup dummy

  • Weber
  • brkshr

    I’m wondering who paid whom here? Did Google pay KitKat or did KitKat pay Google? I’m suddenly picturing Nexus devices with sponsors all over the back.

    Edit: I also feel like calling out Bionic here!!! Who said he would call me out when I said that I didn’t “think” that 5.0 would be the next release… but he “knew for a fact” that 5.0 was the next release. Where you at Bionic?! Looks like 4.4 is coming!

    • cns2007

      Looks like Google/Android asked them.

      “KitKat has been a favorite candy on the team for some time, so for the K release, we asked if they’d be willing to lend their iconic candy bar to its name.”

      • brkshr

        Thanks. I hope it went down like that. I would hate to see Android become an advertisement in every single way possible.

    • Raj Bhatt

      Apparently no money was exchanged: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23926938

    • NexusMan

      No money was exchanged.

  • samosa king

    At least we all know now that it won’t be called Key Lime Pie. *sigh

  • Bill Anderson

    That’s interesting. Kit Kat is Nestle world wide except for the US where it is made under license by Hershey’s. I wonder if they had to get the OK from both…

  • samosa king

    I thought Kit Kat was trademarked??

    • cns2007

      Has to be. Must be like the Verzion and “Droid” (Lucas) licensing agreement. Cross-branding with a popular candy company may not be such a bad idea.

  • Nicholas Lizotte

    It’s 4.4 — Scroll to the bottom: http://www.android.com/kitkat/

  • Thomas

    Confirmed 4.4 not 5.0

    • Seth Merritt

      android.com agrees

  • MichaelFranz

    I smell a partnership and marketing opportunity with the next OS version

  • http://www.techguysmartbuy.com/ Roderick Scott

    Here’s a link to the direct product placement for Android 4.4. KitKat.

    http://www.android.com/kitkat/

  • Chris Schmucker

    Its confirmed 4.4 not 5.0

  • samosa king

    I actually prefer the Kit Kat rather than the Key Lime Pie name. Oh and it’s going to be Android 4.4 not 5.0.
    http://www.android.com/kitkat

  • burntcookie90
  • Nex

    So long Key Lime Pie, we hardly new you. That being said, kitkat is kind of a weird choice.

    • sc0rch3d

      give me a break!

      • Warwick

    • jamdev12

      new/knew reminds me of that nerdist grammar school.

  • samosa king

    WOAH! Didn’t see that coming.

    • NexusPhan69

      They are trolling us!!! Kit-kat has a trade mark on it. Google can’t use that without permission. I think no.

      • samosa king

        How can they be trolling us??? Look at Kit Kat’s Twitter Profile pic!!!

        https://twitter.com/KITKAT

        • Jem
        • NexusPhan69

          This is weird Google. Selling your operating system name for ad dollars? I don’t like it.

          • trumpet444

            Uh. That sounds exactly like Google. I dont like the name, but I’m not exactly shocked they sold out their android OS version name

          • NexusPhan69

            Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

          • Perv Bear

            doubt that is what happens, kit-kat was probably all like HEY USE OUR NAME! and google was all like, hmmm how can we spin the delay of our new OS? Give us a break man.

          • Stevedub40

            Or, give me a break. Break me off a piece of that Kit-Kat bar.

          • mog386

            Google is an Ad Company… I’d say it makes perfect sense.

      • Roberto Taylor

        They have teamed up with KitKat…

      • WAldenIV

        I’m guessing Kit Kat paid Google to use their name. It’s now advertising anytime someone references the latest build of Android.

      • Nic Gillespie

        Think about it, everyone calls android by the sweets name. Kit-kat probably paid google to use them as the next version name. for Kit-kat thats really good product placement and money well spent if you ask me. I wonder how much it cost Kit-Kat to get there name as a version of android.

        • NexusMan

          No money was exchanged. They agreed on the partnership purely based on free advertising for both.

    • breadable

      I don’t remember, have there been any surprises with the previous Android version names? Isn’t it great though! We’ve all had it “confirmed” that Key Lime Pie would be the K version for well over a year!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    say hello to my new background.

  • Raj Bhatt

    What? A trademarked name?

    • Mat Collins

      Surely they obtained approval. Can’t immagine an oversight as large as that.

      • gorkon

        Yep. Read on…there’s a contest by Hershey and everything.

      • asten77

        Yah, only apple uses other people’s names without asking.

    • MichaelFranz

      im not too surprised. I remember when Froyo was released i think it was TCBY or someone had a field cut to commemorate it. I know Froyo is a loosely used term but i think one of those main frozen treat companies uses it consistently

      • Mark Mann

        this has nothing to do with android, but when mcdonalds came out with those blended ice drinks they now call Frappes, they were originally called Frappuccinos, but starbucks sued, apparently starbucks has the tm on “frappuccino”

        • NexusMan

          The original Frappuccino beverage was developed, named, trademarked and sold by George Howell’s Eastern Massachusetts coffee shop chain, The Coffee Connection. When Starbucks purchased The Coffee Connection in 1994, they also gained the rights to use, make, market, and sell the Frappuccino beverage. The beverage then debuted under the Starbucks name in 1995. In response to the success of Frappuccinos, several Starbucks’ competitors have developed similar drinks with similar sounding names, but only Starbucks can legally use the “Frappuccino” trademark.

          • Droidzilla

            Now I’m going to have that useless bit of info taking up space in my head. Thanks a lot; I don’t have much space in there to spare!

          • NexusMan

            And now I have the useless bit of info that you don’t have much space in your head to spare, taking up space in my head. Thanks a lot; I guess we’re even!

          • Mark Mann

            which doesn’t change the fact that starbucks has the trademark on “frappuccino”…or what you said being the very round about way of saying exactly what i said…in other words…thank you for expanding my knowledge of the frappuccino situation

          • NexusMan

            There was nothing “round about” in what I said. You said “apparently starbucks has the tm on “frappuccino.” “Apparently” means: as far as one knows or can see. The use of the word apparently is not a definitive assertion. I merely, elaborated on your post and confirmed that you were in fact correct. If you want to get technical, what YOU said, was actually “a round about way” of saying what I said. My post was not intended to “expand your knowledge of the frappucino situation,” as you are not the only person on this board. If that was my intention I would have private messaged you that info. The greater issue at hand, however, is why are you still commenting on this, when I and I’m sure most others have long forgotten it?

          • Mark Mann

            you’re still commenting on it too…also, if i’m not part of the community at large, why am i here? and if i am part of the community at large, then yes, you did expand my knowledge of the frappuccino situation…

          • NexusMan

            I’m commenting because every time you respond, I get the message sent to my inbox. So, again, after I had long forgotten it, I got an email about it with your message…as I just did again. As for my earlier comment, let me explain it more simply for you: my intention was not to expand JUST YOUR PERSONAL “knowledge of the frappuccino situation,” but to further elaborate to the “community at large” on comments you made with an “apparent” certainty.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Marketing. Fascinating isn’t it?

      • GeeKLoRD

        Partnership with Kitkat = money

    • Josh Shaw

      Check the Android website, apparently they have some sort of deal with them, and a contest going on.

    • RetutnOfTheMack

      I’m ticked…

      Key Lime Pie was such a better name! Haha not to mention my favorite dessert. I’m actually a bit surprised Google is going with the name of product rather than an actual dessert or candy itself

      • kixofmyg0t

        Just wait. The Kit-Kat™ jingle will be the default notification tone for the Verizon Nexus 5.

        • Eric

          A Verizon Nexus 5? HA

        • ReturnOfTheMack

          I laughed when I read your comment but…please no.

        • AMPthe13th

          Psh… gimme a break. That’d never happ… wait a minute.

          • michael arazan

            Klondike bar would of been a better jingle for android, what would you do for a Klondike bar.

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    • adbFreedom

      5.0 = Lemonheads

      6.0 = M&Ms
      etc. etc. etc. Money in marketing

      • spickle

        hahahaha Lenomheads got me. kudos

        • Joe Gugelman

          Kudos you say?

          • michael arazan

            5.0 Licorice, LadyFingers Lemon Bar