Android 4.4 will be called Kit Kat

Per usual, Google is keeping things playful, announcing yesterday that the next iteration of Android will be named Kit Kat

As much as I prefer iOS to Android, it's pretty clear that the iOS naming scheme (which is just a series of numbers) isn't all that exciting compared to Android wherein each successive iteration is a different type of dessert..

Previously, we've seen JellyBean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Cup Cake and more. And just yesterday we discovered that the next version of Android -- version 4.4 -- will be called Android Kit Kat.

But what's that you say? Isn't Kit Kat a trademark of Nestle?

Well yes, which is why Google went so far as to reach a licensing agreement with Nestle to secure usage rights to the name.

News of the latest update to Android came courtesy of Google's Sundar Pichai who posted the following photo on his Google+ page.

On my return from Asia, I was also thrilled to find this guy waiting to greet me on the front lawn -- love the new #AndroidKitKat statue and can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites:)

Naturally, there's a promotional aspect as well.

Android is the operating system that powers over 1 billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. As everybody finds it difficult to stay away from chocolate we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favorite chocolate treats, Kit Kat!

To make this release even sweeter, Kit Kat is giving you the chance to win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit. Just look for specially branded Kit Kat candy bars featuring the Android robot in a store near you.

Say what you will about the various positive and negative aspects of Android and iOS, but there's no denying that Google sure keeps things playful.

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