The next version of Android will be called Android KitKat after Google partner with Nestle.
Google have named every version of its Android operating system after confectionery , all the way from Android Cupcake to the most recent version Android Jelly Bean. We were led to believe that the next version of the world's most popular mobile operating system would be called Android Key Lime Pie.
We were all wrong because in a surprise move Google have announced that the new version will be known as Android KitKat . Yep, that's right it's named after the world famous Nestle chocolate bar with Google declaring that we should "Prepare for a sweet new treat".
Google and Nestle have joined forces to jointly promote their products, although it seems that no money was involved in the deal. The BBC spoke to Google's Director of Android Global partnerships who stated that "This is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal," , but that it was something "fun and unexpected".
As part of the agreement the Android robot will feature on the wrapper of KitKat chocolate bars , as well as an exclusive competition giving users the chance to win a Google Nexus 7 or Google Play credit. The two have also released a new promo video (posted below) to jointly promote Android and KitKat - which is worth checking out for it's strangeness and comedy value.
The announcement also revealed that Android KitKat is version 4.4 of Google's operating system. All our previous information suggested that the next release would be Android 5.0 (or Key Lime Pie) - that may have been the case before this deal with Nestle entered the frey.
At the current time we have very little information on what features and improvements will be brought by Android KitKat. However, it's expected to be officially announced before the end of the year with Google stating that "It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody."
Over 1 billion smartphones and tablet owners across the world now use the Google Android platform. This latest deal will only help boost awareness of Google mobile platform, although to be honest we're not sure which of the parties benefits the most because it certainly offers great publicity for Neste's chocolate bar.
By Simon Thomas on 04th September, 2013