[News] Google Announces Android 4.4 “KitKat”, Microsoft Acquires Nokia’s Devices and Services Business

Here are two interesting and surprising news to share:

  • Google announces Android 4.4 "KitKat"
  • Microsoft acquires Nokia's devices and services business

Google announces Android 4.4 "KitKat"

We all know about Google Android operating system which is a Linux based OS specially designed for touch-enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets. Currently the latest version of Android OS is 4.3 "Jelly Bean".

Now Google has announced the name of the upcoming version of Android OS. The next version 4.4 will be named "KitKat", a popular chocolate brand which is owned by Nestle.

It came as a surprise because there were rumors that Android 4.4 will be called "Key Lime Pie".

Following are all Android version numbers and their names:

  • Android 1.5 - Cupcake
  • Android 1.6 - Donut
  • Android 2.0, 2.1 - Eclair
  • Android 2.2 - Froyo
  • Android 2.3 - Gingerbread
  • Android 3.0, 3.1, 3.2 - Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 - Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.4 - KitKat

The new Android 4.4 "KitKat" is expected to release in October 2013.

Also read: Hidden Secret Codes for Google Android Mobile Phones

Microsoft acquires Nokia's devices and services business

This second news came as a big surprise to many people. Microsoft has announced to acquire Nokia's devices and services business. Microsoft will purchase all of Nokia's devices and services division including Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units, license Nokia's patents, and license and use Nokia's mapping services.

Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase Nokia's devices and services division, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia's patents. So the total transaction price would be EUR 5.44 billion i.e. $7.2 billion.

With the help of this deal, Microsoft will acquire Nokia's Lumia and Asha brands as well.

This acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.

People who were dreaming of a Nokia Lumia smartphone with Google Android OS in future, should stop dreaming...





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Comments

  • So, Nokia Lumia will change into "Microsoft Lumia". So sad, nokia will never be installed with Android OS.

  • Oh My!Thought that 5.0 will be Key Lime Pie,but now it's Kit Kat and only 4.4!Maybe an advertising move from Nestle?

  • Anyone who didn't see this coming back when the Nokia/MS partnership was announced was obviously smoking something pretty potent. :-) It's classic Microsoft: become partners with a company, then absorb them into the Borg Collective. I knew this would happen the second the partnership was announced.

    Frankly, I don't see Microsoft phones being any more successful than they were when Nokia was making them, because face it: people just aren't buying what Microsoft is selling. By and large, people want Android or iPhone, and I didn't/don't/will never believe that MS has the ability to compete in this arena with the products they're offering.

  • vg can i make a dial call after installing windows xp or ubuntu on a rooted Android phone

  • It's also worth mentioning that Android has named the versions in alphabetical order too.

  • Now microsoft will release Xbox Asha..

  • ^^ Thumbs up....Nokia was going down in sales after it put its fate into the hands of Windows Phone.....This had to happen.....

  • ^^ Two thumbs up. Hey guyzz, when is Windows Lumia coming out? :P
    Hi Guyzz!
    I own a Nokia branded phone and was shocked to see this news. I was a bit happy and a lot sad. Why did Nokia did that? I was hoping Nokia coming out with an Android device soon. But my hope is now simply in vain.
    VG, Can you tell, now what will be the brand name of upcoming (Nokia) branded phones and who will be the owner of existing Nokia service centers? I guess the name of them would be something like "Noksoft" or "Microkia" or maybe simply "Mickia".

  • ^^ lol!

  • heard the rumors like microsoft to block windows for mobile devices for all companies to help its new bought company ie nokia. is ti true???

  • Hey VG , 4G LTE Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows tablet gets approval from the FCC .
    Device Features a 10.1-inch 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display, a batter life of up to 10 hours, 1.3lbs in weight and .35 inches in thickness , a 2.15 GHZ quad core Qualcomm 8974 chipset.

  • How to root Android Smart phone....?

    Specially SAMSUNG Galaxy Trend (GT-S7392)

    Please......... Help.....

    Vroot & simillar tools not working.......

  • how to fix or to format my samsung galaxy because of to many pattern attemps the pattern was unlock and i cant use it again.thank you hoping to reply in my yahoomail godbless

  • my mobaile model samsung galaxy grand GT-I8552
    Please help me......

  • VG

    ^^ Boot into Recovery mode and factory reset the phone.

    http://www.askvg.com/revealing-3-hidden-secret-modes-in-google-android-mobile-phones/

  • Google officially announced that Android v5.0 will be 'Lollipop' :)

  • Dear VG, Android M (Marshmallow) will be the next Android OS. It's currently on preview.

  • What Vista was to Windows KitKat was to Android.... appalling and full of restrictions thanks to inept and stupid users who are lazy or unable of READING

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