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September 4, 2013

Android Key Lime Pie is officially Android 4.4 KitKat.

Google has confirmed that a new, major version of Android is coming soon. But it won’t be Android Key Lime Pie (this name has been in the rumors for quite a while now). The official name of the platform’s next iteration is Android 4.4 KitKat. Yes, Kit Kat is Nestlé’s famous chocolate / wafer biscuit. And yes, Google and the Swiss company have made an agreement over this.

According to the BBC, John Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, said that the deal did not involve money, and isn’t exactly new, as it was finalized at MWC 2013 in late February. The two companies wanted to accomplish something “fun and unexpected”. It’s certainly unexpected (until now, all Android versions have had generic names like Cupcake, Eclair, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean). It remains to be seen if it’s also going to be fun.
Apparently, Nestlé is getting ready to sell more than 50 million Kit Kat bars that feature the Android mascot. Customers will be able to find them in 19 markets, including the US, UK, Japan, India, Russia, and Brazil.

A 4.4 KitKat webpage already exists over at the official Android website. Sadly, there isn’t much info there for now – other than the fact that Android is now powering more than 1 billion smartphones and tablets worldwide.

The first device to run Android 4.4 KitKat could be the Google Nexus 5. Reportedly, this is manufactured by LG, has a Snapdragon 600 processor, and might be released in the fourth quarter of the year.