Sep 03 AT 11:56 AM Sean Riley 52 Comments

Android passes a billion activations; next version will be KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat

Sundar Pichai took to Google+ just a few minutes ago and revealed a big milestone, along with the apparently well-kept secret that is the name for the next version of Android.

As the headline reads, Android has now passed a billion activations. This comes just a little over three months after they hit the 900 million activations mark.

They have also finally given a name to the next version of Android. While all the rumors had it pegged as Key Lime Pie, they have gone with perhaps the somewhat surprising name of KitKat. Interesting to see a brand name singled out rather than just a generic dessert, but in truth I prefer a delicious KitKat bar to Key Lime Pie so I’m good with the name.

Update: We were a bit excited to share this news with you, but we have some additional details now.

Android KitKat will indeed be Android 4.4 and not a 5.0 release. Whether you can infer that the name change indicates a major change or that the .1 update means it’ll be minor isn’t clear yet. There’s also the language accompanying the new version on the site. “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” Is this a hint at the rumor that the next version of Android will be capable of running well on lesser hardware, thus making it more accessible to everyone? This line of thinking is supported by the rumor of a Nexus starting at $200 from Motorola coming soon.

Regardless you can sign up to be notified of launch details at the newly created site. There’s also a contest available through Kit Kat that you will find at the top of that page. You could win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit. The that link redirects you to Hershey’s site, so Google has cut some kind of deal here.

What are your thoughts on a branded name for the OS? I think we probably all have a sour taste in our mouth. Regardless of how good KitKats might be, this just doesn’t feel right.

android-4.4-kitkat

Source: Sundar Pichai on Google +

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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