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Android 4.4 Kit Kat – Synthesizing the Rumors and Analyzing What We Know

September 13, 2013 by Gary Bodinet in Technology with 0 Comments

Android 4.4 Kit Kat – Synthesizing the Rumors and Analyzing What We Know

Android 4.4 Kit Kat is officially Google’s newest mobile operating system, as the search engine giant made this official on September 3, one day before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Berlin.  Though Google did make the platform official, it hasn’t really said much about Android 4.4, such as release and rollout information and new features.  But there have been a good many reports on Kit Kat, enough for us to synthesize these rumors and consider what we already know as of today.

For a little backgrounder on why Google has gone with Kit Kat instead of Key Lime Pie as expected, that’s because Google and Nestle, maker of the Kit Kat chocolate bar, had teamed up previously to allow the former company to use the latter’s product as a platform nickname.  Still, even Google has been very coy on this matter, not really saying much about the how and why of the name “Android 4.4 Kit Kat.”  So far, all users see on the Android homepage is a Kit Kat splash page that announces a contest, once again in partnership with Nestle, a photo of the Kit Kat statue, as well as a video that pokes fun at rival Apple and its iOS 7 platform.

Now on to the rumors.  A recent FCC sighting for the LG D820/possible Google Nexus 5 indicated that that device will be running on Android “Key Lime Pie” which is, of course, officially now known as Android 4.4 Kit Kat.  If that is indeed the Nexus 5, it would stand to reason that Android 4.4 Kit Kat will be launched simultaneously, possibly in October.  To be more precise, we’ll have to make do with the late October projection several sites have mentioned; that may also mean an early November rollout for owners of older Nexus devices.

Talking about Android 4.4’s features would be, at this point, a matter of guesswork, but one really strong possibility is the platform being compatible with lower-end devices.  This can be inferred from the Android Kit Kat tag line – “It is our goal with Android Kit Kat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”  Aside from that, it’s anybody’s guess, but that might be something we may learn more about come late September/early October, assuming the late October release date is accurate.

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