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New Android version called KitKat

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Google’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai has confirmed that the next version of the company’s mobile operating system will be called KitKat.

android-kit-katThe naming of the new version marks the continuation of the company’s quirky naming policy, as previous version 4.1 – 4.3 was called Jellybean, 4.0 was Icecream Sandwich and 3.0 was titled Honeycomb.


“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 favourite chocolate treats, Kitkat!,” the company said on their website.

Pichai also made a small announcement in a simple Google+ message and Tweet. “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody,” Pichai said in a simple Google+ message and Tweet. Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to be released in October this year.

Below is the promotional video for Android 4.4 KitKat, made by confectionary company Nestle, who are the makers of the KitKat chocolate bar.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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