Google Announces Android 4.4 KitKat, Erects Statue Outside Google HQ

Screen Shot 2013-09-03 at 12.52.08 PMWhoa…today is certainly shaping up to be a very interesting news day as Google unveils Android 4.4 KitKat. Yup, that’s KitKat just like the candy bar and it seems Google won’t have any trademark issues as the company has a promotion in place where you can win Nexus 7 devices or Google Play credits by purchasing specially market Kit Kat candy bars in stores near you.

This story is still developing so I’d keep your eye out for more and Google has yet to mention any Android 4.4 specific features other than to say:

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

Android chief Sundar Pichai posted a picture of the now erected statue on Google’s headquarter lawn of the new KitKat Android 4.4 character.

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:)

Needless to say, KitKat is coming and soon. With the news that the Nexus 4 is selling out and a possible Nexus 5 announcement next month it certainly sounds like the time is right for Google to bring the next version of Android to the world.

Stay tuned for more details as this exciting story continues to develop.

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  • taron19119

    The next Nexus phone will have Kit Kat run out of the box and I bet it will come this year

    • Chris

      You came to that conclusion all on your own? My goodness…

    • Dakota

      Well it doesnt take much to make that leap. Of course a new Nexus phone will launch with a new OS…The surprise is that its not a major 5.0 update

  • Impatient Waiter

    I can’t wait for Android 4.5 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

    • Chris

      There’s still L, M, N, O, P, Q, before we even reach R…

      • jimmyhoffa

        Glad I wasn’t the only one that noticed that.

      • ChristianMcC

        They could do it for P, leaving out Reese’s.

        • Chris

          True that, but that would still be too far off.

    • Dakota

      Except that doesnt start with an L

    • g2a5b0e

      I learned the alphabet when I was 3. I’d love to teach you.

  • Paul

    Give me a break…

    • GwapoAko

      Okay have a break and have a Kit Kat!! LoL

      • Paul

        Aawww, you’re suppose to sing along! Oh well, I’ll have a KitKat break anyways.

      • Nearmsp

        I remember many years back (long time back) during the summer breaks, one could get free coffee and Kit-Kat on Australia’s freeways to reduce monotony and the accident rate. It did work. I wish DOT’s here could do something similar:)

  • 21stNow

    This time, I hadn’t even seen the arguments on forums over the “K” name yet. We were still stuck on Key Lime Pie. Now I have to find someone who likes Kit Kat bars so that I can try to win a prize. I would have preferred Key Lime Pie, but I guess this works out better for my waistline. ; )

    • Dakota

      Guess people that dont like the update will start saying like KitKats, Android 4.4 is junk, sugary food that isnt good for you…and “Gimme a break’ with the lack of innovation in the new Android OS.

  • squiggleslash

    “KitKat” is a trademark. There’s probably something copyrighted involving that candy bar – the text on the packaging etc, but it’s trademark issues Google would need to be concerned with if they hadn’t talked to Nestlé up front, not copyright issues.

    This has been your daily dose of pedantry. Coming up next, “Your using the wrong homophone”…

    • thatuptowncat37

      Do you think they would announce the name if they hadnt spoken to Nestle????? com’onnn

      • squiggleslash

        No, I know they’ve spoken to Nestle – David’s said as much in the write up. I was just being pedantic about what was at issue – David said copyrights, but it’s almost certainly trademarks.

        • Fair point, I’ll change the language.

    • why

      But Google is all about advertising. They take it to a whole new level with KitKat. I’m just disappointed it’s not big enough to be 5.0

    • Dakota

      They have talked and gotten permission from the manufacturers as long as they didnt use the hyphen…So its KITKAT not KIT-KAT. And unless 4.4. is a major fail with tons of glitches, the publicity they will get is incredible. Apparently it is distributed by Hershey in the US but Nestle in the rest of the world. The stories I read included quotes from Hershey saying they were approached 6-9 months ago with this…But I would think theyd need international rights (or permission). I just wonder if people in other countries know what Kit Kat is. Plus look at the photo above itself that will go all over the world today. Its clearly a Kit Kat bar.

      • Chris

        They are both marketing on this. Nestle is releasing Kitkat bars around the world with the Android logo on it.

  • Deadeye37

    Like that much better than Key Lime Pie. I’m buying me a Kit Kat later when I go to the store. MMMMmmmmm….Kit Kats…..

    I can’t wait to see what Kit Kat brings to the table. I hope that all new Nexus 5 phones have a Kit Kat bar in the box :)

    • Dakota

      Start buying stock as KitKat is going to get millions and millions in free advertising and public relations. The PR coup of the century. Unless theres a major problem with the OS and then the ‘gimme a break’ and KitKat crumbles will dominate the headlines

      • Nearmsp

        The Kit Kat owners are a European Company – Nestle, stock listed in Europe. It is produced in the US under a license fee to Nestle.

        • ChristianMcC

          But through Hershey, to finish the last statement.

  • Clarkkent113

    I suppose Google was tired of people assuming what they’d name things and wanted to puill something out of left field. Everyone just assumed Key Lime Pie because it made sense, but hey good on Google for surprising us.

    • Dakota

      There are other K names but naming an OS after a branded product? Give up on desserts and candies all together and introduce Android Lazy-Boy, Loreal, or Land’s End

      • Chris

        Don’t know why you thought desserts and candies. They’ve named their OS before on stuff that is not a dessert nor a candy. They’ve always use “Sweets” – Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Frozen Yogurt, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean… Some of them are desserts and 1 is considered a candy. But all of them are sweets.

    • kliu0x52

      Google deliberately led people to believe that the name would be Key Lime Pie. There are a number of articles across the web that went into greater detail about how the KitKat name came about, and basically, KLP started with Google, and even after Google decided to go with the KitKat name many months ago, they kept using KLP. There were multiple instances where Google used images of key lime pies during I/O, and they used that name in communications with OEMs. So no, Google wasn’t “tired of” people using that name, because they were very much encouraging it. And it proved an effective decoy that allowed yesterday’s announcement to catch everyone by surprise.

  • GameBoi/KillaBit

    HA to all you bloggers that been calling it Key Lime Pie all this time.

    • Dakota

      and calling it 5.0.

    • Trevnerdio

      Didn’t even think to use KitKat…thought there would be some issues there with legal stuff.

  • Dakota

    When I first read this, I thought it was a joke? I saw one article where Google claimed no money changed hands, but thats hard to believe. This is a HUGE promotion for KitKat (is this candy bar even popular in other parts of the world). THe most disappointing thing to me is this says that the new update everyone has been waiting for and expected to announce next month is a minor 4.4 update than the widely expected and reported 5.0. It also shows that all the tech blogs rumors are just that…Rumors designed to generate clicks and comments. All those Key Lime Pie and 5.0 reports. So now it will be 2014 or later till we see a 5.0? Start all the Lemon Merengue and Licorice talk now. Making iOS7 and iPhone 5S more of a choice now. The most surprising thing is that f this has been in the works for 6-9 months and not a single leak. I dont know that anyone would have believed it anyway. Really surprising choice

    • j7.deville

      extremely popular in Europe and Asia actually. iIf you ask me i think Google makes some of the best Decisions out of any tech Giant in most the World, both in software, hardware, even their naming system is unique.

      They already Offer Tablets and Smartphones that are equal to or even better in many cases then most Smartphones out today , and for half the price unlocked off contract, and with instant updates and guaranteed device support for years and years to come.

      Also with “Cheaper”(for lack of a better term) smartphones and tablets becoming popular and the Wireless Market moving more and more towards Prepaid like the rest of the World, google is already many years ahead of the Game.

    • j7.deville

      you haven’t even seen it yet? If it was only Minor it would still be Called Jellybean?

      Your Logic is way off.

    • Sean
      • weezy34

        Wow! Looks like KitKat is way more popular in Japan…

    • john

      This is a huge promotion for Android too.

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  • JT

    Got a quick question. I didn’t update to 4.3 on my Nexus 4 because I read about a lot of problems it was causing. I keep clearing the notification that a system update has downloaded and is ready to install. When 4.4 rolls out is 4.3 going to install on my phone or will 4.4 download and override it? Or is there a way to get this 4.3 download off of my phone? I don’t know where it is located. Thanks.

    • ChristianMcC

      They may require the 4.3, or it may jump over to 4.4, it just depends on whether Google provides the direct update form 4.2.2. Ultimately, if it’s a direct from 4.2.2 to 4.4, it will include everything from 4.3, and probably any bug fixes to what 4.3 was causing. On the second question, not really Unless you root.

  • j7.deville

    If it was going to be a mInor update it would still be called Jellybean But obviously it’s not going to be minor, but major.

    I for one trust Google, I think they make Great Choices in most aspects and situations regarding their products and software, better than apple and samsung at least.

  • Marc Klein

    So this means Key lime is out?

    • ChristianMcC

      You got it. It was speculation and a place holder to begin with, though I believe it started internally by employees first.

      • Marc Klein

        Break me off a piece of that kit kat bar. Wonder if L will still be lollipop

  • Paul

    Maybe v5 will be Lollipop or Ladyfingers instead of Key Lime. HHhhhmmmmm.
    I think this is a bold move by both companies, and there’s no way Apple would do this kind of move.
    Personally, I’m not a fan of Nestle but that doesn’t mean I won’t upgrade when KK comes out in 2155 for my Note 2.

    • ChristianMcC

      Lemonheads would be nice; love them! Lollipop seems the most likely, but that’s probably a year or more away.

    • JBLmobileG1

      How about Lemon Heads?

  • the2000guy

    Kitkat, yummy :D

  • steveb944

    Omg I LOVE KIT KATS! I need to have that android figure.

    I need to track down a box of Android Kit Kats. Anyone know how long a Kit Kat lasts? Expiration date? Or I can just keep it lying around for decades and it’ll be fine.

    • nycplayboy78

      Too late…I already STOLE it….BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA :)

  • 0neTw0

    Gimme a break,
    Gimme a break,
    Break me off a piece o’ that
    Kit Kat bar

    That chocolatey taste is gonna make your day,
    Everywhere you go you hear the people say

    Gimme a break,
    Gimme a break,
    Break me off a piece o’ that
    Kit Kat bar

  • RonJeezy

    Thought it was going to be nasty Key Lime Pie…

  • RonJeezy

    I see Android already has emoji look alikes I bet they unveil them on this update. I can see iPhone emojis as Android guys on my S3 so I know they’ve been experimenting with it.

    • MelleauxMarv

      It’s not a look alike. Emoji is part of Unicode Standard, it is not owned by Apple. Apple was just the first domestic manufacturer to adopt them.

  • VG

    Did Google manage to steal Apple’s thunder with today’s announcement of Kit Kat? I wonder if Google planned this all along? If so, well done … The blogs seem to be talking more about Android KitKat and the possible Nexus 5 than they are about the Sept. 10. Apple event.

    • That’s partially due to far more to talk about with the Google news. Apple’s is just an event invitation, but Google released a whole bunch of news inside of one small announcement.

  • nycplayboy78

    Ummm so what does this mean for those of us who are stuck on 4.1.2? I am just saying I know that you can root your device etc etc…But this question is for those who don’t know how or want to do so….

    • steveb944

      Better get the $250 Nexus 4 while you still can? Or wait for the N5. Either way you wouldn’t have to wait for updates. Join us, we’ll have Kit Kats.

  • MNBug

    Honestly, who cares what it is called. What does it do?

  • weezy34

    What does this mean for those buying a new Note3 with that already outdated 4.3? I hope TmoUSA waits for new high end smartphones to be released with the latest version of Android. We know the long process for TmoUSA to work out all their kinks and reviews in the support system when a small update is actually released from Google.

    • squiggleslash

      Nothing. 4.3 isn’t “outdated”. KitKat isn’t out yet, and won’t be for a while.

      When it does come out, Samsung may or may not choose to port it. If they do, you get the new features of KitKat. If they don’t, you continue to have what you bought. New apps will work under 4.3 thanks to Google Play Services. So you’ll be fine either way.

  • Peter Smith

    You can break me off a piece of that Google