Android 4.4 KitKat Update Launch Getting Closer

The Android 4.4 KitKat update from Google still isn’t official but that hasn’t stopped the update from appearing in the wild multiple times, first in the Chrominium Bug Tracker, then in leaked screenshots and now, on a KitKat candy bar in Australia, a sign that the Android 4.4 KitKat update marketing has kicked off and that a launch could be close.

Earlier this month, Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat, its brand new operating system that will be coming at some point to replace Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The company still hasn’t outlined the details of the update nor has it given it a release date. Rumors suggest that the software will be coming sometime in October, possibly on October 14th, alongside a new Nexus 5 and a new Nexus 10. That remains unconfirmed but there are signs that the Android 4.4 KitKat update is getting closer.

Read: Android 4.4 KitKat Update Spotted Again.

The Android 4.4 KitKat update has been spotted in the wild, sort of.

The Android 4.4 KitKat update has been spotted in the wild, sort of.

The update has been spotted multiple times hiding out on the Chrominium Bug Tracker. We’ve seen updates for the Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 appear on there, all but confirming their arrival. We’ve also seen the software itself leak out in some screenshots that appear to show off a flat UI. And today, there is yet another sign that Android 4.4 KitKat is on the way.

Thanks to Ausdroid, we now know that Android KitKat update KitKat bars have now entered circulation, ahead of its release date. The bars are starting to appear at Australian Woolworths stores and they will offer buyers a chance to win one of 1,000 Nexus 7 16GB Tablets or one of 25,000 $5 Google Play Gift Cards. The contest begins on October 1st.

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Google is partnering with Nestle on the Android 4.4 KitKat update, thus the name, and the companies will be using the contest to promote the brand new update. It’s something new for Google and it caught just about everyone by surprise considering the update was long rumored to be called Key Lime Pie.

Very little is known about the Android 4.4 update but rumors suggest that it will be coming with updates for older devices, fragmentation changes including screen resizing, Miracast updates, color changes and new notification widgets.

Nexus devices are all but confirmed to be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update and we’ve seen Pantech confirm the update for its Pantech Vera Iron smartphone. Rumors suggest that the update will not be coming to older HTC smartphones including the HTC One X and the HTC One X+, two of the companies big name devices from 2012.

Comments

  1. Lalitha says

    True fragmentation is high on android. But the thing is that even JB 4.1 can do almost all thing that iOS 7 or WP 8 can do sometimes even more. But for those who wish for timely update go get the nexus . Its powerful, affordable,reliable.
    every OS has its own pros and cons.

    • Epic Tea says

      Your funny iOS has barley passed android 2.0 its sharing capabilities are horrible I have to download an app in order to download content from another app in this case Google drive app I don’t have to on my gs4, your also extremely limited on what apps you can share with. Aldo no default app settings.

      Fragmentation is not a major issue honestly unless your on a device older than 2 years my old gs2 has jellybean right now.

  2. ciph3ro says

    If the HTC One had a bit bigger screen, smaller bezel, a normal button arrangement and a bigger battery it would be almost perfect. We’re getting there.

    Also do what Oppo does and offer the option of having AOSP/vanilla Android as well. What’s the point of locking it? I bet they would make more money by having them unlocked. One day someone at one of these companies will have an epiphany, same as people in charge of the Nexus program did. :)

  3. brian chandler says

    The kikat 4.4 bars are also in the us I live in Atlanta and I have already gotten to of the kitkat bars the say win a chance to win a nexus 7 and has the 4.4 stuff all over it BTW I won a gift card both times its so cool

  4. Noman says

    Your amusing iOS provides barley approved google android only two. 0 their giving capabilities are usually terrible I need to acquire a iphone app to be able to acquire written content coming from one more iphone app however Google push iphone app My spouse and i don’t ought to on the gs4, your own additionally extremely confined on the software you can give. Aldo absolutely no default iphone app options.

  5. Vasquez says

    The interesting iOS features barley transferred android os 3. 0 the discussing functions are generally terrible I have to down load the request as a way to down load written content through another request in this case Yahoo generate request I don’t must on my personal gs4, your own likewise particularly limited on the software it is possible to present to. Aldo absolutely no default request configurations.

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