Android chief Sundar Pichai announced on Twitter today that the next version of Android (version 4.4) will be named Kit Kat, not Key Lime Pie as we all expected. Pichai posted up a photo of the Kit Kat robot standing proudly in front of Google’s headquarters, nestled in nicely near the Gingerbread man and the Jelly Bean robot.
Google also launched the official website for the next version of Android, and the Kit Kat name is more than just a simple choice based on the letter of the alphabet. Kit Kat, the candy bar, is sponsoring a giveaway that’ll let customers buy an Android-branded candy bar and enter to win a new Nexus 7 or Google Play credit. It’s an interesting and unsettling mix of open source software and corporate sponsorship.