According to an anonymous tipster Google are thinking about revealing their latest version of Android, Android KitKat, in October. More specifically October 14th. Usually around the same time Google reveal their latest Nexus handset which may be the Nexus 5. It may sound sweet, but put some salt on that caramel because these are rumours after all.
The anonymous tipster leaked some information to Ausdroid, who are also taking a massive pinch of salt with this information, which suggest that October 14th is the date we should all be keeping free because that’s when Google are supposedly going to announce Android KitKat. Google, of course, are yet to announce any press event but the time frame does seem to fit the rumours of an event in Fall.
Since Google’s announcement know that the next version of Android won’t be 5.0, but 4.4 instead, we also know that they changed the name from Key Lime Pie to KitKat but what we don’t know is what exactly will be coming with 4.4?
Well the tipster has confirmed that the Nexus device spotted in the KitKat statue unveiling video is in fact the Nexus 5, along with that the tip also has some information on what 4.4 is set to contain:
- Firmware availability to older phones
- Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
- Miracast updates
- New Gallery Visualisation
- New APIs regarding animations
- Change Android default blue to other preset palette colours
- New notification widgets
Now, a few of those things do seem pretty fitting. Because KitKat is actually 4.4 not 5.0 we’re already expecting minor tweaks rather than a complete UI overhaul, similar to Jellybean. So things like New notification widgets and changing the Android default blue seem fitting. Another thing that seems right is the “Firmware availability to older phones”. The reason this works is because of Android’s tagline for KitKat:
“It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”
Now, like we said this could all just be hocus pocus and some poor sap clutching at straws. But on the other hand, this could be legitimate. It’s almost mid-September so I’m sure if Google are going to announce a press event, they’ll be doing it in the coming weeks. More on this as it develops.