Since the beginning of Android, Google has been using unbranded sweets to name every version of the operating system they release. But Google has put a real -break- to the name of the next version of Android.
While discussing how Android has passed though the one billion Android device activation mark, Sundar Pichai, Google’s head of Android and Chrome, has confirmed that the next version of Android (version of 4.4) will be called KitKat. If you are wondering; yes, it is that little candy made by Nestle. They received approval from the candy company to use their trademark for the next version of Android.
The naming of the next version of Android comes at a surprise to the Android community, they have some valid reasons to name it that. Though it has been long rumored that the version of Andorid will be called Key Lime Pie, Google said that “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.”
In addition to the announcement of the name, Google is also running a promotion with KitKat to give away Nexus 7s or Google Play Credit in specially marked KitKat bars in the United States and the United Kingdom.
So to recap on the Android names: 1.5 (Cupcake), 1.6 (Donut), 2.0 (Eclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread), 3.0 (Honeycomb), 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and now 4.4 (KitKat).Photo by Sundar Pichai Google+ Page