Android is the operating system that powers over 1 billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. As everyone finds chocolate so tempting, we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favourite chocolate treats, the KitKat®!
Kit Kat bars may be on your mind all October long, as Android 4.4 KitKat along with the Nexus 5 phone are rumored to be announced on Oct. 14, a little more than two weeks ahead of Halloween.Google’s new ‘K’ update is instead going to be Android 4.4 KitKat, an update that it announced earlier this month, and one that was done in partnership with Nestle, the maker of the KitKat bar. The update, while official, is still somewhat of a mystery as the company declined to get into specifics when pressed for information.
Android 4.4 KitKat Release Date
Google isn’t talking about the Android 4.4 KitKat release date just yet. The only thing that Google is offering up is a sign up page where interested parties can sign up to receive details about its launch plans. Thus far, the company has yet to send anything out.
Fortunately, we have a pretty good idea about when Android 4.4 KitKat is going to arrive. Thanks to mention buried deep within an FCC filing, we know that a device currently known as the LG D820 is going to be running Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s referred to as Key Lime Pie but we know that Key Lime Pie is now called KitKat.
This device is thought to be the same device that was shown in an Android 4.4 KitKat video from Google, a video that has since been taken down likely due to the leak. It also is thought to be the same device that showed up today in an FCC filing for the Verizon LG G2. Accident or not, the filing showcased the exact phone seen in the Android 4.4 KitKat video, a phone that had Nexus imprinted clearly on its design.
Android 4.4 KitKat Features
Google isn’t talking about Android 4.4 KitKat features just yet either. And unfortunately, there has been very little to go on as far as rumors. The only clue that the company offered up was a tag line for the update that reads: “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”
This seems to match up nicely with rumors that suggested that Google would be looking to lower the requirements for Android 4.4 KitKat so that it could put the software into several different form factors. Rumors have suggest a Nexus smartwatch, something that was seemingly fueled by Google’s purchase of WIMM Labs, a portable game console and a reboot of the Nexus Q.
It could also be that the software is made available for mobile devices with lesser hardware so that manufacturers can issue software updates several years after the arrival of a device.
Android updates all tend to provide some new features to Android owners so we suspect that Android 4.4 will do the same. It’s just not clear what those might be at the moment.
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