Google named to the next version of its mobile operating system as ‘Android KitKat‘. The news comes as a surprise as the firm had previously indicated version 4.4 of the OS would be Key Lime Pie.
Google teases its upcoming release with just the following line:
“It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”
Brand the software with the name of Nestle’s chocolate bar is likely to be seen as a marketing coup for the Swiss food and beverage maker. However, Google said that it had come up with the idea and that neither side was paying the other.
Google has launched a website about Android KitKat and shows following message:
Android is the operating system that powers over 1 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®!
To mark the release of Android KitKat, more than 50 million specially branded KitKat bars will be available in 19 countries including Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Dubai, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A small number of Android robot-shaped KitKat bars will also be offered as prizes in selected markets.