Next version of Android is ‘KitKat’ – Android 4.4

Android 4.4 KitKatAndroid crosses 1 billion device activations

Google has just announced that the next version of Android will be called KitKat and not Key Lime Pie, as rumoured earlier. Also, the next Android version number is 4.4 not 5.0, indicating that KitKat is not going to be a huge jump but a smaller upgrade.

The search giant has also placed the KitKat Android version statue along with previous versions in the Mountain View.  Android boss Sundar Pichai posted a photo of the same on his Twitter account today.

In this tweet and on his Google+ account, Pichai revealed that Android has now crossed 1 billion device activations. This is up from 900 million activations figure shared at Google I/O 2013 earlier this year.

“… All this Android innovation is driving tremendous ecosystem momentum and I’m excited to share that together we’ve now passed 1 Billion Android device activations. Huge thanks to the entire Android community from the hardware manufacturers, chip makers and carriers to the developers and content creators to all of you – our Android users around the world – for making this possible,” Sundar wrote on Google+.

A look at previous Android versions and their codenames:

  • Android 1.5: Cupcake
  • Android 1.6: Donut
  • Android 2.0, 2.1: Eclair
  • Android 2.2: Froyo
  • Android 2.3: Gingerbread
  • Android 3.0: Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.2: Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.4: KitKat


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