Next version of Android to be called Android 4.4 KitKat!

by: Adam KoueiderSeptember 3, 2013

Android 4.4 Kitkat

On the eve of IFA 2013 Google has dropped a bombshell. The next version of Android won’t be called Key Lime Pie, in fact it won’t even be Android 5.0. Senior Vice President of Google, Sundar Pichai, confirmed that the next version of Android will be named after the chocolate KitKat. Apparently KitKat’s are a favourite snack at the Google offices, hence the name Android 4.4 KitKat.

[quote qtext=”Just back from a whirlwind trip to Asia visiting our Android ecosystem partners in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Exciting to see all the high quality Android devices available now, including Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2, Sony Xperia and many more. Also looking forward to the new devices our partners are launching in Berlin at IFA, played around with them last week and really nice — stay tuned; we’ve got a lot more coming! All this Android innovation is driving tremendous ecosystem momentum and I’m excited to share that together we’ve now passed 1 Billion Android device activations. Huge thanks to the entire Android community from the hardware manufacturers, chip makers and carriers to the developers and content creators to all of you – our Android users around the world – for making this possible. On my return from Asia, I was also thrilled to find this guy waiting to greet me on the front lawn — love the new #AndroidKitKat statue and 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:)” qperson=”Sundar Pichai” qsource=”Google Plus” qposition=”center”]

This is extremely surprising since Google usually keeps the name of the new version of Android close to its chest until right before launch. What’s even more interesting is the page for Android 4.4 KitKat. The page gives a history of Android, from Cupcake to KitKat, with a short tagline describing each update.

Android KitKat page

Google decided to spill even more beans (no pun intended), in regards to the new update with the new tagline for Android 4.4 KitKat stating “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”

It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.


What does it mean? It probably means Google is going to allow people with older hardware to get onto the latest version of Android, finally squashing the claims that Android is suffering from fragmentation.

Google hasn’t given an exact release date yet, but taking into account recent history and the fact that Google usually keeps the name of the new version of Android close to its chest until right before launch, the update could be imminent.

We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with the latest information in regards to Android 4.4 KitKat, so make sure to follow this space closely.

Do you like the new name? Are you looking forward to Android 4.4 KitKat?

  • WebmarQUIZ

    So amazing!!! Waiting for it very much. JB 4.2. is fast, smooth and offer super perfomance in games. And “Android experience available for everybody” sounds pretty good for me (Xperia Arc owner).

  • Scott Hutton

    Wonder how much Google got for selling the naming rights?

    • Kieron Quinn
      • turdbogls

        yup, i would assume Google would have to pay for the name, KitKat (who ever makes it) would have to pay google for advertising…its a Win Win for both parties. no money should have been exchanged.

        • OMGgary

          Definitely a win for KitKat brand. Everytime someone talks about the next android version, their brand is put into people’s minds.
          “Hey when is the Galaxy S4 getting KitKat?”
          “Dunno, but suddenly I feel like eating one.”

    • equaliser

      Maybe, there is no paying in the background, but nethertheless it is indirectly an adv. I don´t have a problem with these adv originally, but there is “Nestle” basically I have a problem with. “Nestle” is an company with ugly backgrounds. sorry. this is a bit hard for me as an android-fan.

  • Mayoo

    Not sure between “OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG” or “Kit-Kat : out of f*cking nowhere!”

    Can’t wait to see what they got in store for us. I’ll take a break and wait.

    • joser116

      I wonder if the KitKats will look like the Android statue.

    • Nethaneel Sagun

      You’ll “take a break”? I see what you did there.

  • Mansoor

    Then what about Android 5.0 key Lime Pie…. will it be released after Android 4.4 Kitkat??..

    • Mike

      Going by the current trend, the version after 4.4 will be some dessert starting with the letter “L”

      • OMGgary

        Lemon Meringue or Lemon Drizzle Cake perhaps.

        • najiy91

          lime tastes good than lemon..but,lemonade can be too.

      • John-Phillip Saayman

        Liquorice, I hope!

    • Jean-Claude

      They can’t. Take the 2 letters of each names. Ke and Ki… I comes after E so the next name will be different than Key Lime Pie

  • abdane

    i don’t mind KitKat its awesome but, why 4.4 ? i thought it will be 5.0, because i think when changing numbers mean a whole makeover for the system like ICS to GB… JB was not very different from ICS so now this will also be based on ICS :(

    • Christopher Tang

      why fix something that isn’t broken? there’s a reason why JB 4.3 is so good

    • turdbogls

      what exactly would you like to see in the next release? android 4.3 is REALLY good…and there isn’t much they can do to improve on it. not only does 4.4 give manufacturers time to play catch-up (as you said, the jump from 4.0 to 4.3 isn’t HUGE) and it gives people working on 5.0 time to really brew up something amazing.

      • Simon Belmont

        It’s so good that CM10.2 runs A LOT smoother than CM10.2 did on my old B&N Nook Color. That’s three year old hardware running Android 4.3 like a champ.

        Seriously, Android 4.3 is great. Totally agree.

        • A.M

          yes same thing here my verzion Fascinate 3yrs old running Pac-Man rom 4.3 love the community

      • asd

        I think they should have a ui revamp

      • samizad

        Maybe they want to reserve 5.0 to release alongside a 5in or 5.2in screen. Keeping to the 4.x series makes me think that the next Nexus might not be a Nexus 5 but a Nexus 4 (2013 Edition).

  • Rayan

    KitKat : Still a better name than Key Lime Pie

    • najiy91’s like key lime pie-bie bie(bye bye) (‘~’)

    • Roberto Tomás

      what? “Kelp” would have been a better name than KitKat. KitKat isn’t even a food, it is just a brand name for a chocolate candy.

      This is like when movies start having shots in them advertising Pepsi or some other company, because that company is willing to fork over the dough … really kinda a shame.

  • Rooney-

    Wow! Thats a cool nAme. Thou key lime pie was better.

    So, in coming time i shud ask did u upgrade to kit kat? Lol sounds weird :-)

  • Mrkud

    So happy I just bought nexus 7, will be among first to get kk update.

  • DarxideGarrison

    “4.4 Kit Kat” What’s next 5.0 Lemonheads?! Lmao! Either way I’ll be waiting with my 2013 Nexus 7

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    This was really unexpected!

  • brendan soliwoda

    Really, they can’t release a major overhaul? I feel like Google dropped the ball on this one.I mean, so far they’ve released three incremental updates under the jelly bean moniker, why release another incremental update under kit kat, which by the way, doesn’t even sound that good. still prefer key lime pie. Such a let down by Google.

    • abazigal

      I think the main challenge here is not for Google to keep making massive changes to its OS, but ensuring that any future changes cascades down to the end user.

      What’s the use of having so many rapid updates if over half your user base will never get to use or benefit from them?

      • brendan soliwoda

        I see your point, I’m just wishing that we could have gotten a major overhaul instead.

  • PopeJamal

    Key lime pie is horrible. Good work Google!

  • Simon Belmont

    What better way for Google to showcase Android 4.4 running well on older hardware than to update their own Galaxy Nexus with it (currently the oldest Nexus device they still support)? I’m all for it.

    This would also jibe well with the rumors that KitKat (then called KLP) would be more RAM friendly for lower specced devices. Can’t wait for the OTA on my G’Nex.

  • joser116

    KitKat just became even more delicious!

  • Alain Lafond

    For me KitKat is a nice move, as it’ll be a known name for people that still don’t know about Android. And, it’s gonna be free mainstream media publicity, as KitKat don’t need explanation to say where it comes from, as for Key Lime Pie… What do know a french or italian user from Key Lime Pie. But from KitKat everybody knows about Nestle’s product, a swiss worldwide compagny,… Like Coke or Mc Donalds..
    Hope that product spreading will be of egual genious, because up to now…
    I step in the right direction…

  • Maurice

    Now what will 5.0 be? Lolipop?

    • OMGgary

      That’s a good name actually.

      • lil bit

        No way, look at it again, the iPhans and wpboys would instantly name it “Loliflop 5.0”. Never gonna happen.

    • Kevin Zhu

      How did you see the future? You are jesus!

  • imran

    They said 4.4 is available to all devices. My device is a galaxy pocket equipped with an Armv6 processor with 256mb of Ram. Good luck google

    • avi

      I too have this,,, we r very unfortunate since acc to rumors ,, atleast 512 mb ram would be supported for kitkat

  • MasterMuffin

    Isn’t Kit Kat registered trademark/copyrighted or something? Also wow we got that one wrong!

    • joser116

      Yes, but Nestle and Google made a deal together but it did not involve money. Both parties will benefit.

      • MasterMuffin

        Oh me sees :)

  • Mike Bastable

    Look back in your comments section and you will see that i predicted months ago that Key Lime Pie or the next full Android update would adress fragmentation and be suitable for all previous Android versions, prepping the ground for A major revision in 5.0

  • Hoggles

    Don’t be evil? My Astrix…

    Guess Google didn’t think about the parent company, or their ethics, that produce Kit Kat?

    The use of of palm oil by Nestle, before 2010, and the impact that one company had on destroying native homes & populations of Orangutangs is disgusting.

    ONLY because of pressure from activists, did Nestle start a sustainable palm oil campaign.

    For decades, Nestle knew full well the impact on the environment & the Orangutangs from palm oil production and choose to look the other way in the face of large profit.

    Shame on Google for using the Kit Kat as their new OS name. That should be a bloodly Orangutang finger on their lawn, instead of a pretty candy bar.

  • Roberto Tomás

    It must be April first.

  • Brian Burrell

    Umm I Hate KitKats And Other Wafer Based Candy.

  • Antykain

    I’m not holding my breath on seeing this coming to my phone, electrify m. Still using 4.1.2 atm, and most likely feel I will be stuck with it until I upgrade devices.. Which will be soon.

  • Grman Rodriguez

    It’s just unfair to reveal the name without revealing any features

  • Bojan Tomic

    I think that 4.4 might be a bigger update than anyone thinks… Since basically every Google app has the same/similar white-ish UI, the Android user interface itself is actually kinda standing out with it’s dark tones.

  • Magnetic1

    I haven’t had a kit-kat since… can’t remember. So who owns kit-kat? I’m thinking there might be a licensing issue.

    • 1206549

      Nestlé but they were completely okay with it. They talked with Google and
      within one hour, both were like “let’s do it”. And completely no money was involved.

  • Sanjay Negi
  • What a clever idea! :D

  • Jason

    i just bought my nexus 7 (2013) today so does this mean i can update my nexus 7 (2013) when kit kat 4.4 comes out.Please help me anyone!.

    • Charlie Marschall

      Sure you can… Its a Nexus. They get updates quicker than any other phone and tablet.

  • Kerozene

    What’s next? Insulin? Coma?

  • Dwima Gita Dirtana

    I think after android “Kitkat” it will be android “ChupaChups”

  • Himanshu

    Next Will be Android Ladoo…lol