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Google Faked Us Out; Android 4.4 Will Not Be Key Lime Pie but 'KitKat' Instead

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Sep 3, 2013.

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    It looks like Google was pulling some "sleight of hand" on us. Not only is the next iteration of Android not going to be Android 5.0, it also won't be called Key Lime Pie! According to Sundar Pichai himself, the next version of Android will actually be Android 4.4 and will be called "KitKat" instead of Key Lime Pie. This report may have you scratching your head because the Android team themselves have been referring to the next Android as Key Lime Pie for quite some time.

    Apparently, after reflecting on this, the folks at Google believe that not enough people know what a "Key Lime Pie" tastes like. They decided that a KitKat, which is a bit more universally sold around the world, would be a better dessert to choose for the next Android codename. John Lagerling, the director of Android partnerships said, "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie." He added that the company "decided to reach out to the Nestle folks." An agreement was reached allowing Google's Andy the Android to use the KitKat name although it's "not a money-changing-hands kind of deal."

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    Above we have a couple of pics showing the new chocolatey version of Android. This is a shocking yet intriguing "plot twist" for the next iteration of Android. Of course, most of us don't really care what they call it as long as they get it out fast and it does some really cool stuff! Still, if this had been on April 1st, we might have thought it was a joke. Speaking of jokes, I wonder if this was the real reason that Hugo Barra is leaving Google...

    Share what you think of the "new" Android.

    Thanks for the tip, Tears_for_Fears!

    Update: We also found a hilarious spoof video that the folks at KitKat did for this. You can find it posted in the thread after the break!

    Source: Google's Android & Google+ - Sundar Pichai
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    Kit Kat>Key Lime pie :p
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    Well I like'm both so what the h!
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    Nestle must LOVE this.

    In the tech world beginning today until the replacement OS is released, every time an Android device is mentioned they get mentioned too.

    Advertising GENIUS.
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    I love KitKats. A good move IMO.
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    Here's that KitKat comedy video for the new Android change.
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    I like how they said "no money changed hands", yeah ok so the biggest ad company all of a suddenly went from common deserts like cupcake, jellybeans, and rumored key lime pie, because "people do not know what key lime pie tastes like" oh ok I guess I believe that... forget he fact that now nestle candy will now be mentioned probably a billion times. I guess google did that because "more people know what a kit kat tastes like" . I wonder how many desert companies are lining up to "allow" google to use one of their foods to name their o.s.
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    Dear Google:


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    Who cares what the name is, I'm looking for a refresh of the Android operating system and we keep getting .X "updates". The bad taste in my mouth isn't coming from the pie...revolution is the taste I'm after.

    "Android 5.0, coming spring of 2017! Maybe..."
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    So, does this mean that users will be subjected to a 10 second KitKat commercial as the startup animation?
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    EVOlution will bring about a revolution which in turn will bring the resolution
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    I understand the cycle, but why the minor increments now when they've finally started to win over the world? Major updates shouldn't just been seen as evolutionary, it should be seen as a defense mechanism against the competition. Keep it new, keep it fresh. If they're not going about bringing major change, then someone else will no matter how dominant their market-share (e.g. Android VS iOS)

    If I were Apple or anyone else, right now I'd be smelling opportunity to gain a great foothold. We've been on 4.0+ since October 2011.
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    I seriously had to look at the calendar to make sure that it wasn't April 1 and this wasn't an April Fool's Day joke. :question:

    Hopefully, when you boot up the phone, it won't make that KitKat snap sound.
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    Google just want us to give them a break.
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    So not enough people know what key lime pie tastes like, but everyone in the world knows what eclairs, honeycomb, and froyo taste like? I had to Google "froyo" because I didn't know wtf is was. Once I figured out, yes I'd had it, but I never heard the abbreviation. I've maybe had like 2 eclairs in my life. And the closest thing to honeycomb I've ever had comes in cereal form. This is kind of ridiculous. I'm not really irritated about the fact that the name changed (although it looks like amateur hour over at Google HQ). I'm irritated that they used a brand name. It deviates from the already well established naming convention and clearly was done to turn a profit. If they're going to keep this up, Android 7.0 better be called Reese's PB cup!

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    This is a good read about the "minor increments". Now, how to get OEMs and carriers to step it up?

    Balky carriers and slow OEMs step aside: Google is defragging Android | Ars Technica
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    That is a good article and I've posted before on the brilliance of the idea, but the general feel of such a strategy is, well, stifling. They can do that all they like but staying on the same core system for 3+ years...not exactly going to make it on the highlight reel. They need new frameworks, new security, project butter 2.0...

    he only way OEM's will speed up is to create competition, if LG for instance made it their priority to be the first to update all their devices, wouldn't you look their direction? Motorola? Samsung too? I would.

    Problem is even if they do become competitive they still have to get through the carriers, which is the real problem. And the only way that will be solved is if Google becomes a carrier it's self, which I'm not sure even Google can really do.
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    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    I'm perfectly fine with incremental updates so long as they're addressing issues that the userbase has with the operating system. ICS was such a huge deviation from the past incarnations of Android; because it needed to be streamlined and simpler to use. But since 4.0+ has dropped, I have been extremely content with the Android ecosystem as a whole, and anything I can't find in the core OS I can easily find in custom ROMs.

    I guess what I don't understand is, what exactly are you clamoring for in terms of ground breaking new features?
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