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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Laptops? No way.
by kurkosdr on Wed 4th Sep 2013 09:56 UTC
kurkosdr
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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

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RE: Laptops? No way.
by henderson101 on Thu 5th Sep 2013 11:40 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.

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