Google revealed Tuesday (Sept. 3) that the next Android operating system (OS) release name will pay homage to Nestle’s classic chocolate covered wafer treat, KitKat. Initially speculated to be Android Key Lime Pie 5.0, Android KitKat 4.4 is the confirmed name for the upcoming K-series operating system.
The name Android KitKat 4.4 coincides with Google’s tradition of alphabetically naming it’s OS releases after sweets. The Alpha and Beta versions of the Android OS were followed by Android Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
“We couldn’t imagine a better name for our Android K release than the tasty chocolate that’s been a favourite among the team since the early days of Android,” director of Android marketing, Marc Vanlerberghe said in a press release.
As reported by BBC News, developers used the codename Key Lime Pie internally and the decision to call the new Android OS KitKat instead occurred last year. "One of the snacks that we keep in our kitchen for late-night coding are KitKats. And someone said: 'Hey, why don't we call the release KitKat?’, director of Android global partnerships, John Lagerling said.
Many of Google’s own employees had no idea what the new Android OS name was until an Android shaped KitKat mascot popped up on the tech giant’s campus in California. To avoid leaks, "We kept calling the name Key Lime Pie internally and even when we referred to it with partners," Lagerling said.
Specially marked KitKat bars will be available in 19 markets including the United States, Canada, Germany, India and Japan to celebrate the release of Android KitKat 4.4. Consumers will have a chance to win cool Google prizes such as a Nexus 7 tablet or credits to spend in the Google Play Store.