Surprise as Google announces Android KitKat

Android KitKat

Google has announced that it's 4.4 release of Android will be codenamed KitKat. In what has come as a surprising move, Google has agreed a sponsorship agreement with the Swiss company Nestle to promote the upcoming release of its Operating System.

With Android fans eagerly expecting Google to call the new 4.4 release of the Operating System Key Lime Pie, this represents a major curveball.

Google gives has been giving Android releases a codename since the launch of Cupcake, or 1.5. Further releases follow the alphabet with Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and the current release, Jelly Bean.

​Talking to the BBC, John Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, told the BBC that they realised very few people knew what key lime pie tasted like and that the unversal appeal of KitKat made more sense as a name.

"One of the snacks that we keep in our kitchen for late-night coding are KitKats. And someone said: 'Hey, why don't we call the release KitKat?' Lagerling explained.

Nestle plans to deliver more than 50 million chocolate bars in the shape of the Android robot to shops in 19 markets, including the UK, US, Brazil, India, Japan and Russia.

A launch date for Android KitKat hasn't been announced yet but is expected before the end of the year.

What do you think about Google's link-up with a confectionary company to promote its latest Android release? Does it leave a sweet or nasty taste in your mouth?

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Written by Damian Carvill