Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 21:13 UTC
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Android is the operating system that powers over 1 billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. As everybody finds it difficult to stay away from chocolate we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favorite chocolate treats, Kitkat!

Not a whole lot of information just yet. The page says "It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody", which could mean either a focus on lower-end, cheaper devices, improved support for more form factors such as laptops, or both.

As for the name - the BBC reports that Nestle is okay with Android using the KitKat name, and that no money is exchanging hands. A deal was reached within 24 hours.

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Nestle is evil
by kragil on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 22:30 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Like most big food producers they suck. I hate the Kitkat name.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestl%C3%A9#Controversy_and_cr...

Reply Score: 4

RE: Nestle is evil
by Chrispynutt on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 22:31 UTC in reply to "Nestle is evil"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

I used to eat KitKat when it was Rowntree. Not any more. Shame I did like them.

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Nestle is evil
by MeTitus on Wed 4th Sep 2013 18:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Nestle is evil"
MeTitus Member since:
2011-08-19

What is the problem with a chocolate bar?

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Nestle is evil
by darknexus on Wed 4th Sep 2013 19:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nestle is evil"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

What is the problem with a chocolate bar?

The problem is simply that people can't find enough to bitch about already (odd, when you consider just how much shit is going on right now), and this is something new they can scream at. Simple as that.

Reply Score: 4

RE[4]: Nestle is evil
by henderson101 on Thu 5th Sep 2013 11:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Nestle is evil"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

To be fair, Nestle have altered the taste of a lot of the Rountree products they took over. They also changed the Smarties tube to be an hexagon shape rather than circular and removed the plastic lid, which when I was a kid was something you collected. Each lid had a letter on it and the "game" was to complete the alphabet. The new tubes have some kind of paper lid which attempts to mimic the old game, but it's ruined it really.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Nestle is evil
by WorknMan on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 22:35 UTC in reply to "Nestle is evil"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Like most big food producers they suck. I hate the Kitkat name.


Ya, I don't like it, in the same way I don't like stadiums being named after corporations. Wonder if v4.5 will be sponsored by Lemonheads, and 4.6 by M&Ms?

On the bright side, if 4.4 turns out to be a buggy mess, you're gonna see 'Kitkat sucks' all over the web ;)

Reply Score: 4

RE: Nestle is evil
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 23:45 UTC in reply to "Nestle is evil"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I had no idea KitKat was Nestle outside of the US. Here its Hersheys, which is somewhat less evil. Nestle, I can't really forgive for its terrible (non chocolate) food its inflicted upon me and much of the world.

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Nestle is evil
by 1c3d0g on Wed 4th Sep 2013 00:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Nestle is evil"
1c3d0g Member since:
2005-07-06

Uhm, I don't get it? What's with the hostility? Did they pull a gun on you and force you to eat what they have to offer? ;)

Reply Score: 6

RE[3]: Nestle is evil
by shotsman on Wed 4th Sep 2013 06:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nestle is evil"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Perhaps you might like to do a bit of research into some of the shady practices Nestle employed to get its brand of baby milk to become a monopoly in a number of 3rd world countries before posting?

Entering

nestle baby milk scandal

Into Google is a god place to start.

Personally, I think that Nestle Kit-Kats are frankly inedible. Chocolate is so sickly when compared to the original Rowntree bars.

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Nestle is evil
by andrewclunn on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nestle is evil"
andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

Yes... They shoved KitKats down my throat, and when I begged them to stop and to just give me a break, they did it again!

Reply Score: 4

RE[3]: Nestle is evil
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 4th Sep 2013 14:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nestle is evil"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

There has been a lot of scandal involving Nestle which you can google for. My main complaint is that they destroying local flavors with their mass marketed seasonings. When you have a dish in two countries separated by thousands of miles and it tastes the exact same because they used the same nestle seasoning, its depressing.

Edited 2013-09-04 14:12 UTC

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: Nestle is evil
by Hiev on Wed 4th Sep 2013 18:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nestle is evil"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Uhm, I don't get it?

You fandroids never get it.

Reply Score: 0

RE[2]: Nestle is evil
by henderson101 on Wed 4th Sep 2013 06:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Nestle is evil"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Hershey is a perpetual licensee. IIRC, they don't actually own the brand in any way. KitKat was originally a British chocolate bar made by Rountree, who were eaten up by Nestlee. They are also the only licensee, so KitKat is now Nestlee worldwide outside of the US.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Nestle is evil
by Arawn on Wed 4th Sep 2013 08:39 UTC in reply to "Nestle is evil"
Arawn Member since:
2005-07-13

I used to like Nestlé, now I refuse to buy anything from them since I saw this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iGj4GpAbTM

Saying that 'water is a human right' is a 'radical statement'??? Water is a commodity to be traded??? No more Nestlé products for me and I will spread the word.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Nestle is evil
by ichi on Wed 4th Sep 2013 09:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Nestle is evil"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

I used to like Nestlé, now I refuse to buy anything from them since I saw this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iGj4GpAbTM

Saying that 'water is a human right' is a 'radical statement'??? Water is a commodity to be traded??? No more Nestlé products for me and I will spread the word.


You'll likely find yourself not buying anything from any big company if you investigate enough.

Reply Score: 5

RE[3]: Nestle is evil
by Arawn on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nestle is evil"
Arawn Member since:
2005-07-13

True, that's why I don't buy Sony (because of the way they treated GeoHot) and a lot of other brands, like big name sports brands, beverages, etc. I choose with my wallet.

For ex., I refuse to use Google Drive because of the terms of service. I still use some of their services but I'm trying to find alternatives all the time.

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Nestle is evil
by Soulbender on Thu 5th Sep 2013 06:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nestle is evil"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

True but Nestle is undoubtedly among the worst and they make the badness of tech companies look almost insignificant.

Edited 2013-09-05 06:07 UTC

Reply Score: 3

RE: Nestle is evil
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Sep 2013 10:41 UTC in reply to "Nestle is evil"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Like most big food producers they suck. I hate the Kitkat name.


You may hate the name, but damn, do those things taste good.

Reply Score: 5

Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 22:35 UTC
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

Should've been Android Krispy Kreme

Reply Score: 3

RE: Comment by Nelson
by henderson101 on Wed 4th Sep 2013 06:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Doughnut has already been done. So no, the logo would be similar and confuse the brand. But yes :-)

Edited 2013-09-04 06:51 UTC

Reply Score: 2

Damn it!
by ferrels on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 23:04 UTC
ferrels
Member since:
2006-08-15

Damn, I told Google to use "Twinky" but I guess it wasn't full of enough filling to suit their taste.

Reply Score: 4

RE: Damn it!
by Fergy on Wed 4th Sep 2013 08:20 UTC in reply to "Damn it!"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Damn, I told Google to use "Twinky" but I guess it wasn't full of enough filling to suit their taste.

Guess they will save that name for when Android needs 2GB of memory to function.

Reply Score: 4

Gimmie a break1
by Milo_Hoffman on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 23:51 UTC
Milo_Hoffman
Member since:
2005-07-06

Gimmie a break.

You think Android is fragmented and a developers nightmare as it is, just wait until people start breaking off a piece of that os now.

Edited 2013-09-03 23:51 UTC

Reply Score: 7

Comment by antonone
by antonone on Wed 4th Sep 2013 04:46 UTC
antonone
Member since:
2006-02-03

Oh no. What's next? Android Snickers? Android Mars?

They won't have a problem with choosing the product name at least. They'll just take it from whoever bids more.

Reply Score: 2

Comment by Wafflez
by Wafflez on Wed 4th Sep 2013 05:29 UTC
Wafflez
Member since:
2011-06-26

Why do Ubuntu and Android have such gay names? Why?

Reply Score: 0

RE: Comment by Wafflez
by p13. on Wed 4th Sep 2013 06:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

Just for you.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Comment by Wafflez
by JAlexoid on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Because gay is good?

Why do people use gay as word to mean lesser/worse?

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by WereCatf on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Because gay is good?

Why do people use gay as word to mean lesser/worse?


Well, I use "hetero" to mean the same thing ;)

Reply Score: 4

RE[3]: Comment by Wafflez
by Soulbender on Thu 5th Sep 2013 06:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

That's heterophobic ;)

Reply Score: 3

RE: Comment by Wafflez
by woegjiub on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Sorry to be *that guy*, but must you really use "gay" as a pejorative?

"Silly" would have been just fine...

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by galvanash on Wed 4th Sep 2013 13:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Sorry to be *that guy*, but must you really use "gay" as a pejorative?

"Silly" would have been just fine...


I'm 40 and have used the pejorative my whole life - hell many of my gay friends did, and their gay (literally, not pejoratively)...

Anyway, I have recently vowed to quite it though - Macklemore convinced me. Funny how the strangest things that will influence you...

Reply Score: 3

RE: Comment by Wafflez
by Soulbender on Thu 5th Sep 2013 06:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Why is your post so stupid? Why?

Reply Score: 2

Kitkat 4.4
by Savior on Wed 4th Sep 2013 08:08 UTC
Savior
Member since:
2006-09-02

Judging from kitkat.com, Nestle really doesn't seem to mind. They seem rather into it, in fact.

Edited 2013-09-04 08:09 UTC

Reply Score: 2

RE: Kitkat 4.4
by henderson101 on Wed 4th Sep 2013 10:23 UTC in reply to "Kitkat 4.4"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

And as Hershey only license the name, it's not really their choice ;-)

KIT KAT is a registered trademark under license from Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.]

Reply Score: 3

RE: Kitkat 4.4
by pandronic on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:20 UTC in reply to "Kitkat 4.4"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Free advertising.

Reply Score: 2

Laptops? No way.
by kurkosdr on Wed 4th Sep 2013 09:56 UTC
kurkosdr
Member since:
2011-04-11

improved support for more form factors such as laptops

No way. Google never has two overlapping products for the same thing. Which means that, in order to bring Android to laptops, they 'll have to kill ChromeOS. Not gonna happen.

A WSJ report said something about official support for consoles.

PS: Android on laptops is becoming the new wet dream of Android fans. Back in 2.3, it was that google would ban third-part UIs for Android, based on a statement that "2.3 will make UIs unecessary".

Edited 2013-09-04 10:05 UTC

Reply Score: 1

RE: Laptops? No way.
by henderson101 on Thu 5th Sep 2013 11:40 UTC in reply to "Laptops? No way."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

It's not exactly just a wet dream (NB. for "Wet-" I read "Pipe-"), as I run Android on an old MSI Wind U100 for development testing. It's pretty trivial to install it. It runs from an SD card, so there wasn't even any repartitioning. I could probably remove the hard drive and it would then run a lot longer, but I'm not really that bothered, and having a Windows laptop around is still quite useful every now and again.

On a side note, install Aide, and one has a pretty strong development platform. Debugger is the only fly in the ointment, but always will be on a mobile platform.

Reply Score: 3

Comment by OSbunny
by OSbunny on Wed 4th Sep 2013 12:17 UTC
OSbunny
Member since:
2009-05-23

"Nestle is okay with Android using the KitKat name, and that no money is exchanging hands"

Yeah right! Google is the Internet's largest advertising network and it doesn't work for free.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Comment by OSbunny
by henderson101 on Wed 4th Sep 2013 13:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Nestle have been doing a lot of Facebook and online marketing for KitKat recently. In the UK they have had two big "votes" where they produced a limited run of flavours of KitKat Chunky (which is called something else by Hershey, BigKit?) and then had a public vote on Facebook to choose the one that would stay in production. There is a fairly active KitKat general presence even after the promotions.

I think Nestle are just trying out this kind of thing. It seems to be working well enough.

No idea about Hershey though, they are a complete black box with regards to KitKat and my world view, which is actually odd - given that the Google Campus where the Android developers are based is obviously in the US... so their favourite chocolate bar is probably the US version... which makes the whole campaign doubly odd

Reply Score: 3

Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sun 8th Sep 2013 04:44 UTC
ilovebeer
Member since:
2011-08-08

Android version naming truly is stupid. It's a failed attempt to be a hipster.

Reply Score: 2