Yes! You read it right! Google has announced that the next version of Android will be named after the same old famous KitKat from Nestle. Many among us would be feeling both stumped and excited, as we had been calling the next version of Android by the name “Key Lime Pie” till now. even Google Engineers had been using the same name for references. Google also made it clear that the next version would be Android 4.4, and not 5.0 as some speculated earlier.
That’s not all! In a deal which is reportedly not really based on cash, KitKat will also be re-branding itself to promote Android KitKat. Actually, you might want to just head over to the KitKat website to checkout the whole new layout for their website; with the chocolate bar ‘sounding’ just like a tasty Nexus phone.
The party is not over yet! Nestle would also be marketing over 50 million special edition Android KitKat chocolate bars in 19 markets including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, the Middle East, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. These ‘versions’ of KitKat will give its ‘users’ a chance to win prizes which include 1,000 Nexus 7 tablets, 150,000 Google Play $5.00 credits and 20,000 coupons for a free 8 ounce bag of Kit Kat Minis, according to Android Police. There’s more to it; Nestle also said that they had produced 500 Android-shaped KitKat bars at a secret location in Europe. Wonder who’ll be the lucky ones to lay hands on it!
BBC reported that when Nestle was asked about teaming up for the next version of Android with Google, it nodded yes within an hour. Google said that they choose the name KitKat since many of the developers working behind it loved the chocolate bar. It also noted that everyone would be better acquainted to the taste of KitKat, rather than to that of Key Lime Pie. This ‘partnership’ has also opened up a window of possibility of naming the future releases of Android by the names of Nestle products. Or, would Google just try to keep on playing the surprise game? Either way, let’s expect a brilliant treat coming from Google and Nestle.
After all, the name does sound quite cool now; doesn’t it? Android 4.4, KitKat.
Have a Break, Have a KitKat!