From Cupcake to Jelly Bean, Google’s Android operating system has a history of being named after delicious desserts. The trend will continue for the next OS, though this time its a branded one. Android KitKat is the official code name of Google’s new software.
Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai broke the news via Twitter today, posting a photo of a large chocolate-brown Android robot statue with four KitKat bars as its body standing in front of Google HQ.
“We now have over 1 billion Android activations and hope this guy in front of the building keeps that momentum going,” wrote Pichai in the image’s caption.
The name change was quickly confirmed on Android.com, as the chocolatey Android mascot sits front and center on the home page.
“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, KitKat!” read the official statement.
This is the first time Google has turned their treat-based code name system into a corporate partnership, as select KitKat bars will be branded with the Android icon and will allow chocolate addicts to win Google Play credits or a Nexus 7 tablet.
Google has yet to divulge details on Android KitKat’s features or release date, though it is sure to appear first on Nexus devices.