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Android KitKat is the Next Version of Android

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Bad news for key lime pie fans!

Over the last few months, the smartphone industry has been full of talk of Key Lime Pie, convinced that the next version of Android would bear this name. However, it seems Google has gone another direction, as today, the company erected a new Android statue on its front lawn and it's not pie. It's a chocolate bar.

 

The newest statue features Andy Android take the form of a KitKat chocolate bar. Sundar Pinchai confirmed the news via his Google+ page today, mentioning that the statue arrived while he was on a trip to Asia visiting Google's Android ecosystem partners.

"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," he wrote on G+.

Originally expected to debut at Google I/O earlier this year, it's now thought that the new version of Android will arrive in October of this year, possibly alongside a new Nexus 5 handset. We're assuming there will be a lot of KitKats at the event.

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    dimar , September 3, 2013 10:46 AM
    I'll be mad at Google if it doesn't include a free KitKat with every Nexus 5.
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    jhansonxi , September 3, 2013 10:30 AM
    I suddenly have a craving for a Kit Kat Blizzard from Dairy Queen.
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    wmalinowski , September 3, 2013 10:36 AM
    KitKat........

    C'mon Google...give me a break.....
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    kracker , September 3, 2013 10:26 AM
    Ok, why KitKat? Did they pay Android or something? Just doesn't make sense.
  • 14 Hide
    jhansonxi , September 3, 2013 10:30 AM
    I suddenly have a craving for a Kit Kat Blizzard from Dairy Queen.
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    deftonian , September 3, 2013 10:32 AM
    Now I want a kit kat... damn.
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    wmalinowski , September 3, 2013 10:36 AM
    KitKat........

    C'mon Google...give me a break.....
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    wmalinowski , September 3, 2013 10:37 AM
    KitKat........

    C'mon Google...give me a break.....
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    Cryio , September 3, 2013 10:42 AM
    "it's now thought that the new version of Android will arrive in October of this year"

    This doesn't even make sense. 4.3 was just launched for ... about 7 devices total.
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    dimar , September 3, 2013 10:46 AM
    I'll be mad at Google if it doesn't include a free KitKat with every Nexus 5.
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    jhansonxi , September 3, 2013 10:49 AM
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    Ok, why KitKat? Did they pay Android or something? Just doesn't make sense.

    Kit Kat is trademarked. I wonder if there is some co-marketing arrangement behind the scenes.
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2013 10:54 AM
    @dimar Wouldn't it melt in the box? :/ 
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    dosdecarnitas , September 3, 2013 11:03 AM
    My Favorite Chocolate and my favorite OS come toghether :D  lets buy a BIG KITKAT to celebrate
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    back_by_demand , September 3, 2013 11:03 AM
    Either Nestlé have sanctioned this as part of a huge advertising pact, or there is going to be a very short and bloody courtroom battle
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    dosdecarnitas , September 3, 2013 11:05 AM
    My Favorite Chocolate and my favorite OS come toghether :D  lets buy a BIG KITKAT to celebrate
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    smeghead4269 , September 3, 2013 11:19 AM
    Surprisingly, according to an article on the BBC website, no money changed hands in this deal. Not sure how Google pulled that off. It'll definitely get people talking about the next Android version, and they got a pretty sweet (in more ways than one) statue out of it to boot.
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    stevejnb , September 3, 2013 11:21 AM
    Hopefully time to put in some solid native multitasking support and make this a desktop ready OS. But seriously, KitKat? Way to pick the lamest of the candy bars Android. Caramilk would be the way to go - or cream egg.
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    brucen13 , September 3, 2013 11:22 AM
    At this rate, Android is going to be updated as quickly as Chrome! Is there enough candy in the world to keep up with that pace? :) 
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    gm0n3y , September 3, 2013 11:40 AM
    I didn't realize that the Android robot had a name. Interesting that they would go with a brand name dessert this time around.
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    kinggraves , September 3, 2013 12:03 PM
    Seems like a perfect fit considering Android is becoming more corporate friendly and less of a vague dessert that can be catered to one's tastes. I wonder if they signifies the new devices will be easily broken.
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    g-thor , September 3, 2013 12:23 PM
    I just hope that the Kit Kat name doesn't foreshadow even more segmenting with Android. ;^)
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    back_by_demand , September 3, 2013 12:34 PM
    Stevejnb, seriously? Caramilk or cream egg? You do realise it's alphabetical and K is next right?
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    dgingeri , September 3, 2013 1:07 PM
    Now I want Kitkat brownies.
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