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Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ to arrive in October, says Nestle’s Facebook page

Google’s oddly named Android 4.4 update doesn’t have an official release date just yet, but that doesn’t stop its partner in crime Nestle from spoiling the surprise.

When an eager Android fan posed the question via Nestle’s German Facebook page, an eager social media employee was only too happy to let the cat out of the bag:

Kit Kat Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT ist ab Oktober verfügbar,” they wrote.

October makes perfect sense, as Google has a history of releasing new Nexus phones running brand new Android software early on in November. We expect KitKat to be unveiled alongside the Nexus 5 later in October, with the phone and software update both arriving early November, in line with Google’s launch traditions.

Recently, October 14th has been bandied about as the official release date for Android KitKat, though nothing has been made official in any way just yet. We can’t tell at the moment whether these rumours match up with the Facebook comment or whether the person responsible for Nestle’s German Facebook page is a tech head commenting on rumours.

The Android and Nestle partnership was revealed late last month and produced many amusing reactions throughout the tech world. The deal, which Google insists involved no exchanging of money, will see Nestle launch limited edition Android KitKat chocolate bars and give away Nexus 7 tablets and Google Play vouchers inside promotional packs.

Right now little is known about KitKat itself and what it’s all about, but we expect it to look similar to Jelly Bean, which is the current software. Rumours have speculated support for the wireless video streaming standard Miracast will be brought in with the update, as well as new animations and widgets.

As for the first device to rock KitKat – well, that will be the Nexus 5. The 5-inch phone has leaked numerous times but still leaves us feeling like we don’t quite know the real thing yet. We’re hoping to find out more next month at Google’s event.