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Google has ended months of online speculation about the name of the latest version of its Android mobile operating system by revealing it will be called ‘Android KitKat’, after Nestlé’s popular chocolate and wafer confectionery.
The creators of the world’s most popular mobile platform have teamed up with the world’s biggest food and beverage company to name the next release of the platform ‘Android KitKat’.
Android has been developed by the company’sengineers under sweet-themed names ever since the release of Android Cupcake in2009 and continuing in alphabetical order until the most recent version,Android Jelly Bean.
The news that the letter ‘K’ will be dedicated to Nestlé’s KitKat will surprise most technology commentators, who had widely thought the latest version would be ‘Android Key Lime Pie’.
“We couldn’t imagine a better name for our Android K release than the tasty chocolate that’s been a favourite among the team since the early days ofAndroid,” said Marc Vanlerberghe, Director of Android Marketing.
“We’re excited to announce this partnership withAndroid, the world's most popular mobile platform, which will help us to enable even more KitKat fans to enjoy their break,” said Patrice Bula, Nestlé’s Head of Marketing.
“KitKat is one of the world’s top ten fast-moving consumer goods brands in social media in terms of fan numbers and engagement,” he continued. “We continue to build on its strong digital presence with interactive, creative branding campaigns.”
To mark the release of Android KitKat, morethan 50 million specially branded KitKat bars will be available in 19countries including Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Dubai, Russia,the United Kingdom and the United States.
The packs will lead consumers to the websiteandroid.com/kitkat where they will have the opportunity to win prizes includinga limited number of Google Nexus 7 tablets, and credits to spend in GooglePlay, 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.
Closer to consumers
Nestlé’s branding partnership with Google is the company’s latest move in its ambition to leverage digital technology and online content to get closer to its consumers to better understand and cater to their preferences.
TWINS: GiantAndroid KitKat statues outside Nestlé’s headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland (left) and Google's Mountain View, California campus (right).