Webopedia Term of the Day: KitKat (Android Codename)

KitKat is the dessert-themed Android codename for the upcoming 4.4 update of the open source Android mobile operating system. Android KitKat 4.4 KitKat is expected to be released in late 2013 as the successor to the “Jelly Bean” Android releases. New features and enhancements in KitKat are unknown at this point.

The Android 4.4 update was widely expected to carry the Key Lime Pie codename, but Google instead decided to go with the iconic candy bar for the new update’s codename. Google first had to get permission to use the KitKat name from the Nestle, and Nestle will also be releasing a limited edition KitKat bar with Android-decorated packaging in conjunction with the new mobile OS release.