Google has officially announced the next Android version and its name, and it will not be 5.0 Key Lime Pie as it was rumored for a long time.
The next version of Android will be named: Android 4.4 KitKat.
The name refers to the already very famous Nestle desert bar with the same name. However officials at Google have stated that there is no connection or special deal between Nestle and Google. The Google team considered that the original selected name, Key Lime Pie, was a desert that many people haven't tasted, so it was not something they could relate to. That's why they though it will be fun and also smart to choose the name of the so famous KitKat
bar. After getting the official 'blessing' from Nestle, Android already opened a special webpage for the new OS version
that clearly states that the next Android version will be 4.4 KitKat.
There is very little official information about the next version of Android or any of the features that are about to come. We don't even have an official release date nor any specific leaks. However Google did leave some hints on the official webpage that leads us to a few of the upcoming features.
Android 4.4 KitKat Expected Features
Let's start with the current version of Android which is 4.3. This update came with little modifications, especially very few visible ones and didn't even carry its own name being called again Jelly Bean. Starting from this, we can conclude that Android KitKat, having such a special name, will come with at least a few big changes and improvements.
"It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody."
This is what Google has written on the official 4.4 KitKat page. Starting from this statement we can make a lot of assumptions. The first thing that comes in mind is that Google has finally found a way to optimize their operating system so that it can function on any device, even the really old ones that do not have the RAM capacity even for Jelly Bean.
This would mean that we could witness the first mass update procedure in the history of Android, where every device will have the same and latest operating system working perfectly on their device, and without any Custom ROMs. This will end the flagship domination of Android, where old devices lay alone in the shadow of Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich while devices such Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are running with the latest features.
What else we can expect from that statement, well I'm thinking about full Cloud integration. The capacity of Android to restore messages, pictures and saved games from one device to another is very limited and underdeveloped, while iOS has a very strong system in this matter. This means we can expect Google to introduce a Cloud system that will allow us to fully backup everything on our devices and restoring it on any Android device that we want.
Of course, there are many other features that Android 4.4 may come with that we don't have any clue about. It is expected to decrease RAM usage, to increase battery autonomy, to increase speed and performance, maybe even a complete UI change. But there is no way to speculate how all this will be achieved until someone at least leaks some of the info. Google has done a really great job at keeping all about KitKat Android a secret so far.
Android 4.4 KitKat Release Date
Again, nobody has made any official statements about the release date of this next Android OS, but since Google has already decided to go public and create KitKat's own website, the launch has to be sometime soon. The most speculated date is October, together with the launch of the next Nexus device. Nexus devices have a habit in being launched with a newly introduced version of Android so this might also be the case this year. This means that we will see Android 4.4 KitKat running on Nexus devices by the end of this year.
We can expect flagship devices such as Galaxy S4 and Note 3 to get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat sometime next year, along with older flagships. Google Play Editions should get the update faster though, maybe even by December.
As soon as any other information about the upcoming Android OS gets leaked we will be here to report back to you. If you have any information on KitKat or if you want to add something please leave us a comment below.