The next version of Android is called KitKat

Daniel Bader

September 3, 2013 12:51pm

Google unveiled today, as it always does prior to an announcement, a new statue on its lawn outside the Android headquarters. But instead of a Key Lime Pie, Google has borrowed the Kit Kat name from Nestle with the confectionary maker’s blessing.

Android head Sundar Pichai announced on Twitter just now that there have been more than one billion Android activations to date, and he “hope[s] this guy in front of the building keeps that momentum going.”

The company has also launched a landing page for the new version, indicating that it will be referred to as Android 4.4, not 5.0 as previously assumed. While few details are available just yet, Google aims to “make an amazing Android experience available for everybody” with KitKat. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long to find out what that entails.


Google is also partnering with KitKat’s owner, Nestle, to offer some limited-editiion Kit Kat bars with “winning tickets” for a new Nexus 7.

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. Be on the lookout for limited edition Android KitKat bars coming soon to a candy aisle near you. For a lucky few, your KitKat bar might contain a winning ticket for a new Nexus 7 tablet or Google Play credits.

We’ve reached out to Google to see if this deal will be available in Canada, and will update this post when we find out.

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  • beyond

    Have a break… have a Kit Kat!

    • grantdude

      But how do you know you’re on a break?

    • Henry

      By having a Kit Kat!

    • beyond

      when you break that Kit Kat in half the whole world melts away

    • KK

      Melts away for good 🙂


      Download the app in the Kit Kat Play store!

    • Super_Deluxe

      Should’ve been Twix cuz we all know that’s better than Kit Kat!

    • Plazmic Flame

      I don’t think you know how Android codenames work….

    • Kyang

      I wonder what they’ll call it when it reaches the letter, “z”.

    • Plazmic Flame

      “The name of an Italian dessert which begins with the letter Z is
      zabaglione. Zabaglione is made from egg yolks, sugar, and wine. It is
      light and fluffy and is usually made just before it is served.”

    • Kyang

      What about “x”? lol

    • Guest

      x for xmas nog, what if you take a bite of the phone thinking it’s a kitkat, especially if the phone has a kitkat theme

    • Kyang

      Then you’ll get fat.
      Chocolate has an ugly truth, in that it’s McDonald’s Cheeseburgers best friend.


      Which Twix, it’s important to know before I like you.

  • JB

    Good move…KitKat sounds better then NSA…

    • Plazmic Flame


  • Threecube

    Give me a break….. Give me a break……

    • Plazmic Flame

      Break me off a piece of that KIT KAT Bar!

  • Zee

    A Kit Kat bar can be split into separate pieces which represents Android fragmentation….

    • Henry


    • Josh Brown

      Maybe that means google will do what they have recently done, break up the entire os in to update able apks and take it out of the oem’s hands

    • Zee

      Good analysis, this is what they’ve been doing lately and could explain it.

    • tamper

      Yes, they seem to be moving a lot of functionality to the Google Play Services layer.

    • Mayoo

      A CupCake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Icecream sandwich and Jelly Beans can all be separated in some way too. So this must be why Android has all that fragmentation…

      An Apple and a Blackberry can also be separated.

    • J-Ro

      What about woman? Didn’t Nokia name theirs after women?

    • Tom Blinky

      I once knew a girl named 920.

    • Toronto Clarks

      Yes & Microsoft used cities (Memphis, Cairo, etc.) for Windows betas.

  • Threecube

    Incoming KitKat wrapper cell phone covers

  • FuzzyFish6

    That looks really tasty.

  • Super_Deluxe

    So does this mean they dropped Key Lime Pie or will Kit Kat be 6.0?

    • E. R

      Kit Kat will be 4.4

    • Super_Deluxe

      Oh OK. Thanks for the clarification.

    • Mark

      Key Lime Pie never existed. The internet just anointed that name into the public’s view a long time ago.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Go read the reports actually. KLP was the internal codename but now they did this joint promotion with Nestle & Hershey….

  • Many

    Does anybody have an idea when kitkat 4.4 coming out party

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      wasn’t key lime to be version 5?

    • Plazmic Flame

      The version number is always speculation. I don’t think we’ll see a jump to 5.0 until 2015. Clearly 4.4 is going to have small feature additions. It should be out when they launch the next Nexus device in November or so.

  • Donald McGee

    There’s always time for a Kit Kat

  • Jean-Sébastien Roy

    In the news tomorrow, Nestle bought google / android for a box of chocolate bar 😀

  • Lea Faubert

    Twix are for kids 😀

    • awhite2600

      Silly rabbit…TRIX are for kids.

  • Liam Bhardwaj

    “For a lucky few, your KitKat bar might contain a winning ticket for a new Nexus 7 tablet or Google Play credits.”
    zomg its like a modern day Charlie and the chocolate factory!

    • Brian Schweitzer

      You know there’s a bunch of crazies sitting on XDA right now saving up to buy thousands of kitkats.

    • Kyang

      Until they realize it’s like a lottery, where only one in x millions has a chance to win.

    • Günter Schwarz

      That probably won’t stop them. It’ll just make them buy more.

  • mark simis

    Break me off a piece of that kit kat bar

  • Chris Lo

    Nestle better make that android KitKat a thing !
    it looks tasty lol

  • EvanKrosney

    Well its definitely good business for Kit Kat, I’ll definitely be picking up an Android Kit Kat bar.

    While I’m glad that we’ve finally got a confirmed name (and an unexpected one at that; so much for Key Lime Pie!), I’m a little disappointed that it’s another incremental update, I was hoping for 5.0. Oh well, there’s always the next release (lollipop?).

    • Mark

      What are you talking about? No Android update has ever been incremental. 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 were all huge leaps forward. Even the X.X.1 updates are major endeavors to develop, test, and push out to AOSP.

    • alphs22

      There’s a reason they’re going 4.1 to 4.2 to 4.3 to 4.4 rather than to 5.0.

      Hint: it’s because they’re incremental updates.

    • Mark

      No, the reason they’re doing 0.1 updates is marketing. It fights the perception of fragmentation. Read a change log, or better yet, ask someone with AOSP who just slaved away 60 hours a week to bring these builds to market if they think their effort was “incremental”.

      4.3 alone saw Open GL ES 3, bluetooth low energy, Bluetooth AVRCP, background wifi, restricted profiles, line item permission veto, dial auto complete, keyboard improvements, google play games enhancements, tons of localizations, and a huge leap forward in notifications, plus more I’m missing. It was a massive update, every bit as big as the jump from Gingerbread to ICS. Don’t just gaze at the shiny hood ornament, actually look under the hood.

    • alphs22

      You are really reaching. Google Play Games enhancements? Restricted profiles? Bluetooth low energy? Keyboard improvements?

      These are major updates? I’m not saying they’re not useful, but major updates? Come on.

      Of course, the definition of incremental is going to vary person to person. However, most end users would consider these as useful refinements to the OS rather than major changes.

      Google finally got Android right with 4.0 and 4.1 and has been refining it since then. Nothing wrong with refinements. Quit raging.

    • Brian Schweitzer

      Not at all…

      Android adds more in their so-called “incrementals” than Apple adds in an entire Major or two… Apple goes from 5.x to 5.x+1 and they may change the placment of a button in iTunes. Android’s point releases are major versions… just keeping it on the 4.x branch for dev’s sake.

      The app community still develops more for iPhones than Android devices. I know 2 app devs, and they ALWAYS release on iOS first, but they each own an Android as their primary phone. It’s not because they don’t like Android.. it’s because there’s only 2 screen sizes (will be 3), the specs are easier to dev for (only a few graphics chipsets, processors)… compared to the hundreds of combos for Android devices.

      I see Google keeping the 4.x line going for awhile as a way to make it seem that they’re all on the same page… but the devs still know that it’s harder to dev for a Google device because spec differences.

      Regardless, I’d never own an iDevice because they’re simply inferior in every conceivable way to the top 4-5 Android devices.

    • alphs22


      I’m not sure what your point about iPhones are. They weren’t even being discussed.

  • Mark

    Per filings in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, a ban on sales of all Kit Kat bars is officially being sought by Apple Inc.

    When asked for comment an Apple spokes person only said that they hold a patent for food shaped either spherical or cubical.

  • Balls O’Steele

    When do we get nexus 7?
    I want phone screen mirroring via chromecast.

    • Balls O’Steele

      ^I mean nexus5

  • Martin Snetsinger

    Not sure about Nestlé, KitKat is owned by hersheys in the USA, and Nestlé in every other country in the world.

    • jonnny

      KitKat in Canada tastes good. KitKat in the US is disgusting. Bitter and waxy and gross. Hopefully we get some Canadian made KitKat Andorid bars.

    • jonnny

      KitKat is owned by Nestle, but in the US Hershey has a license to make them.

  • Jeff Brassard

    Oh good android versions are now product placement ads. This is what happens when an advertising company masquerades as a software company.

    • Plazmic Flame

      An advertising company, advertises their software… through advertising. Seems legit.

    • Jeff Brassard

      Try saying that three times fast 🙂

  • JLP

    Interesting twist: In French, “Android 4.4” sounds “Kat-Kat”, which is almost the same thing.

  • jonnny

    They could do a lot of fun things with this. I want a golden ticket!

  • FuzzyFish6

    I have to wonder, if Google paid Nestle to use the KitKat name or the other way around. KitKat will now have a huge world-wide marketing effort and increased mind-share by simply attaching their name to the biggest and most popular mobile OS in the world.

    Well played Nestle, well played.

    • J-Ro

      It could be joint venture to promote candy bars over fruit.

    • FuzzyFish6

      Google really doesn’t gain anything from this, where as how many of us (and when was the last time) thought about KitKat prior to today?

    • J-Ro

      Could be a alternative kind of marketing. Maybe Google has created a new market for brand advertising.

    • FuzzyFish6

      Well if that’s the case, Google is the company to do it lol.

    • J-Ro

      We might see this a lot now. “Cross” branding. Like the MLB partner with Old Spice… Oh, wait.

    • Brian Schweitzer

      Every sport, local and national has everything plastered in ads…

      The McDonalds I’m Lovin It Replay Booth
      The Sprint Halftime Show
      The Key Bank Keys To The Game
      The Chevy Runs Deep Post Game

    • J-Ro

      Your right. Google is kinda the last to enter the fray. Blackberry even promotes at Jays games.

  • mrh192

    Android, sponsored by Nestle(C)(R)(TM)

  • FlageJan1

    this is amazing

  • Balls O’Steele

    You’ve got it all wrong. It’s named after that strip club in Berlin from Cabaret.

  • Shane Kalafut

    I am a big fan of Kitkat bars and an even bigger fan of Google and Android but it disappoints me to see Google cooperating with a company run by someone like nestles CEO. Smh.

  • Kenny G

    Another good reason to buy Kit Kat bars… 😉

  • Gary Evans

    Actually, it’s called Sh#tKat.

    • Rahul J

      Did the Samsung Galaxy Nexus get the 4.3 update in Canada? Mine is with Wind and I when I search for updates it says there is no update.

  • Rahul J

    Did the Samsung Galaxy Nexus get the 4.3 update in Canada? Mine is with Wind and I when I search for updates it says there is no update.