Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Android phone?
Today Google surprised a lot of people by officially naming the next update to their Android OS after the popular Kit Kat candy bar from Hershey.
Given the numerical designation of Android 4.4, many people were left scratching their heads somewhat when Google announced that the next version of Android would not be called the long rumored “Key Lime Pie” name many were expecting. Word has it that the candy bar is pretty popular amongst Google employees so Google decided to contact the Nestle company (who allows Hershey to sell it in the United States). The numbering also has caught some people off guard as Android 5.0 was thought to be next in line.
As is tradition, Google has placed a statue representing each major version of Android in front of the Google headquarters in Mountain View California and today Google placed the Kit Kat Android to help officially unveil the new name.
The news today is a bit of a surprise as Google just officially released Android 4.3 a little over a month ago on July 24th. But when you think about the fact that Apple has their big iPhone event on September 10, and Google also recently announced that there has been over 1 billion Android devices available worldwide, it is not all that surprising the Google timed their announcement today.
When will it be available and what will be different?
No real details were given about when it will be released or even what sorts of changes may be included. But Google does not release a new version with a name change without including some new features.
The biggest addition I would like to see is the Touchless Control feature found on the newly released Moto X and Motorola Droid line of phones. Touchless Control is the feature that allows you to say “OK Google Now” and then any command you want and Google Now does the rest for you.
As for when it will be released, that is completely up in the air. Kit Kat could end up being like Honeycomb, in that it is designed more for a specific product line like a smartwatch for example, and we may not see it released on smartphones. But I am sure details will be released very soon.
Either way, today’s announcement has definitely did its job of getting a lot of people talking about the product, both the software and candy bar itself.
Special Android packaged Kit Kat candy bar release
Hershey is also planning on releasing a specially packaged Kit Kat bar in which you will find a chance to win either a new Nexus 7 tablet or a credit to the Google Play Store, so be on the lookout at your local convenience store.
Unfortunately, it is not confirmed whether you will be able to buy a Kit Kat bar shaped as an Android like in the photos, but I would definitely buy one if it was available.
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