Despite the onslaught of rumors over the past year, Key Lime Pie will not be coming to the Android platform. Google just announced that it has officially named the next version of Android after a sweet chocolate treat, Kit Kat. Android 4.4 KitKat follows 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, 2.0 Eclair, 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.0 Honeycomb, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and most recently 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean. Details for Android 4.4 KitKat have not been revealed yet, but Google plans to make it “an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” Sundar Pichai, head of Google’s Android division, also posted the photo below showing a giant Android KitKat sculpture in front of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View.
In an interview with the BBC, Google revealed that Key Lime Pie was, indeed, originally on the table, but the search giant decided to go with something “fun and unexpected” by making the switch to KitKat late last year. “We realized that very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie,” said John Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships. “One of the snacks that we keep in our kitchen for late-night coding are KitKats. And someone said: ‘Hey, why don’t we call the release KitKat?’” The team then got in touch with Nestle and rest is history. Google has stayed away from using trademarked brands for its tasty treat naming scheme, but this latest development with KitKat opens the door for more naming options with future iterations of Android.
On a side note, Google announced that Android device activations have passed the 1 billion milestone.