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Android reaches 1 billionth activation as Google names Android 4.4 "KitKat" and announces a new contest for Nexus 7 and Google Play credits

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday September 03, 2013.

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Android 4.4 Kit Kat at the Google Campus
Android 4.4 Kit Kat at the Google Campus

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt revealed in April that Android was nearing its 1 billionth device activation, and the phone or tablet that broke the billion-device barrier is now in use. Today, Google confirmed that the next round of billion devices will begin with "KitKat."

Sundar Pichai, who heads both the Chrome and Android teams, revealed that Google has surpassed 1 billion smartphone and tablets activated since 2008. He also posted a photo of an Android KitKat statue and revealed that the famous candy bar will be the inspiration for the next version of Android. Key Lime Pie has long been the assumed codename for Android 4.4. While it might seem odd that Google would release the first .4 version in its changelog of Android iterations, it may have been done because the Android team works at Building 44 at the Google campus. Or maybe Google just wants to continue the trend of reserving whole number jumps for major updates to the platform.

Pichai writes on his Google+ account:

"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. :)"

When searching the "AndroidKitKat" suggested topic on Google+, I came across the Android.com/KitKat page that confirms Android 4.4 as the next iteration of Android. It also reveals that some Kit Kat wrappers will have codes to win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit card. Only Kit Kat wrappers with an Android mascot will have the codes.

UPDATE: Directly from Kit Kat-maker Nestle

To mark the release of Android KitKat, more than 50 million specially branded KitKat bars will be available in 19 countries including Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Dubai, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The packs will lead consumers to the website android.com/kitkat where they will have the opportunity to win prizes including a limited number of Google Nexus 7 tablets, and credits to spend in Google Play, Google?s online store for apps, games, music, movies, books and more. A small number of Android robot-shaped KitKat bars will also be offered as prizes in selected markets.

source: Google+ (Sundar Pichai)

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