Google launches Android KitKat

Google has announced the latest version of its Android mobile OS will be called  KitKat.  This follows the tradition of naming  Android search engines version after sweet treats;, e.g. Android Cupcake (version 1.5) in 2009, followed by Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

The latest update of Android was known internally as  ’Key Lime Pie’ but the name was changed because, according to the director of Android partnerships John Lagerling, not many people knew the taste of Key Lime Pie.  KitKat will be version 4.4 of Android which now ships on nearly 80% of smartphones worldwide.  Google’s SVP Sundar Pichai said in a Google+ post, that he’s just returned from meeting with hardware partners in Asia, and that there are now over 1 billion Android activations which surpasses the 900 million mark back in May this year.   This is well ahead of the end-of-year target that Chairman Eric Schmidt predicted back in April.

Having finalised the deal with Nestle to use the trademarked name KitKat, Nestle is now partnering with Google on a joint promotion to give away Nexus 7s and Google Play Credit in the US and UK with special packs of KitKats.

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