On Sept 3, Google’s senior vice president Sundar Pichai used Google+ to reveal the release of an upcoming Android operating system called Kit Kat. Android has also updated a section of their website to tease the new software. However, the company has not yet divulged a release date, or specifications on what changes the new operating system will bring to the platform. Android’s website states only that “It's our goal with Android Kit Kat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”
Since Android version 1.5, released in 2009, Android’s mobile operating systems have been named after tasty dessert treats, including “Donut,” “Gingerbread,” and “Jelly Bean.” Android 4.4’s “Kit Kat” marks the first time that the company has used a previously-branded name for its product.
Google has named each successive Android operating system in alphabetical order, beginning from C with “Cupcake.” The “K” release was originally slated to be called “Key Lime Pie.” However, the company decided to change the name to Kit Kat after realizing that many more people recognized the taste of the popular candy bar than knew the flavor of a key lime pie. According to Marc Vanlerberghe, Director of Android Marketing, the crunchy chocolate candy has also always been a favorite snack of many Android team members.
Google has licensed the Kit Kat name from multinational food and beverage company Nestle. As part of the deal, Nestle will produce more than 50 million Android-branded Kit Kat bars for global distribution. Production on new packaging for the candy began more than two months ago, but both companies have kept the promotion a secret until now.
Consumers who buy the specially-branded Kit Kat bars have a chance to win credits for Google Play as well as a Nexus 7 tablet computer. The promotion will officially begin on Sept. 6, when the newly-packaged candy is made available in stores around the world.