By Robin Sinha
Photography: Courtesy Android & Robin Sinha
Windows and Apple's tough competitor Google's Android is a popular, Linux-based, operating system that was primarily designed for touchscreen smart-phones and tablet computers.
Just when rumours were getting loud about the launch of Google's Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as successor to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, Google surprised the world by announcing Android 4.4 KitKat instead.
|Android 4.4 Kit Kat|
Ever since Android was first unveiled in 2007, developers have continuously worked towards upgrading the software.
If the name 'KitKat' creates an image of a chocolate bar in your head, it isn't by chance. Google has teamed-up with Nestle, the popular Swiss food and beverage company, to promote the Android brand by selling chocolates with the Andoird KitKat logo on them.
Starting from version 1 to the latest version 4.4, Google Android has always given a quirky food item name, usually a dessert's name, to its software versions such as Cupcake Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice-cream sandwich and Jelly Bean.
Though Google is yet to disclose the features of Android 4.4 KitKat, propounded features spell out key improvements for the operating system. KitKat is expected to come out with a fresh user interface design and is likely to use less energy and memory of the device. Android 4.4 is also said to have creative camera features. Enhanced global network compatibility, improved battery, android-based cloud storage, improved BlueTooth are some of the features that will be incorporated in the updated Android version, experts say.
But wondering what happened to Key Lime Pie? Well, the name Key Lime Pie was actually supposed to be version 4.4 — and not 5.0 — until Google realized that many people didn't know what Key Lime Pie tastes like and decided to name it KitKat instead.