Google has revealed that the next version of its mobile OS will be called Android KitKat. The surprise announcement, made via the official Android webpage, will see KitKat owner Nestle sell branded Android chocolate bars, with Google able to use a more recognisable name than the originally planned Key Lime Pie.
Google’s Sundar Pichai revealed the news via his Google+ and Twitter feeds, posting a picture of the new Android KitKat statue outside the search giant’s California HQ.
Pichai wrote, “…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 [sic].”
Speaking to the BBC, Google said that it had come up with the idea and approached Nestle about a possible tie-up. John Lagerling, Android’s head of global partnerships said, “This is not a money-changing-hands type of deal.”
Google says the hook up came about after Android engineers, snacking on KitKats after a late night work session, had suggested the name for the software’s next iteration.
The update will not be Android version 5.0, as had been first thought, but rather Android 4.4. There’s been no word on when the update will be released, but expect to see it by the end of the year, possibly on a spanking new Nexus 5.
Nestle’s Android branded KitKats will offer chocoholics the chance to win Google Play credit and Nexus 7 tablets. What’s more, there are plans for a few limited edition Android-shaped KitKats too.