It’s been nearly a year since the Key Lime Pie 5.0 rumors started. As a matter of fact, a lot of people waited anxiously for it to be Google’s latest sweet treat release (keeping in alphabetical order) in mid-2013. Instead, they were met with essentially another bug-fixing update for the current firmware, Jelly Bean. For many Android fanatics, this was an incredibly irritating moment, since most had expected the next rollout would undoubtedly be Key Lime Pie 5.0. – enough with Jelly Bean updates! After months of speculation, fanatics can finally breathe a sigh of relief. At last, Key Lime Pie will not be released after all…rather, the dessert name of choice will instead be Android 4.4 KitKat.
Now some questions arise: were all those Key Lime Pie 5.0 rumors a hoax? Where did Key Lime Pie go? How did Google come up with the name Android 4.4 KitKat? The answers to all these questions are likely complicated but we have some theories that might bring hardcore Android fans some closure.
Key Lime Pie 5.0 Rumors: reality or fiction?
Reality: the rumors we heard regarding the Key Lime Pie 5.0 update were well intentioned. After all, it would be foolish for any company to help spread or facilitate rumors that were fake for over a year. [Nevermind tens of thousands techie enthusiasts salivating at a chance to prove or disprove something so grandiose.] But how can we be so sure? Well, a Google official affirmed in late 2012 that the code name used for the upcoming Android version would be Key Lime Pie, though they never promised tacking on the 5.0 figure.
Why Did Google Ditch Key Lime Pie and Chose KitKat?
We posit that the switch was a fairly recent decision and motivated by Google employee appetites—both for food and for profits. Creating a partnership with a trademarked brand of candy means opening new doors for marketing and promotion. While the official reasoning is that employees in the Mountain View office really love KitKats and munch on them often, we think it is more likely on account of Nestle showing support for the Android platform. Next, we’ll probably see KitKat offering its customers a chance to win a Nexus 7.
Further, let’s just go out on a limb and say this was partly a Google marketing stunt in order to rid the internet landscape of all the Key Lime hype. Since being in the conversation for over a year can make any technology seem stale, Google is wisely rebranding its next (past-due) overhaul with a new name, and likely new expectations.
Android 4.4 KitKat Release
There is still no official news regarding the release of Android 4.4 KitKat. Some have mentioned a mid-October release, but we see this as unlikely since the Jelly Bean 4.3 update has not yet reached many devices. Per the rumors (knowing how reliable those are) KitKat will release on October 14th along with the Nexus 5 announcement. KitKat is expected to run on any Android device with more than 512 MB RAM so we can tell they have worked on their Linux 3.8 kernel.
Since Google has kept with the trend of alphabetical releases, the prospects of any future “Key Lime” named release is pretty much dead. For those who didn’t learn the first time around the rumor mill, there is speculation for the next iteration to be dubbed “Lemon Merangue” or “Ladoo” (which is an Indian dessert). Perhaps we should be more concerned with an actual birth, rather than simply naming the next Google baby.