Android 4.4 KitKat now hinted to arrive October 18

October 15, 2013
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Everybody is probably anxious, excited, or even just merely curious to see what Google has prepared for Android 4.4 KitKat. It seems, however, that the latest iteration of the Android platform won't be making an appearance today as rumored but, instead, will be heading out this Friday.

This new date comes from a post over at the official KitKat Google+ page, with a rather ambiguous "Everybody dance now" message. If we allow our imaginations to wander a little, this could be a reference to the hit single of the same title made by the American dance group C+C Music Factory. That song had a length of 4 minutes and 4 seconds, the same double 4 of the upcoming Android version. The song was released on October 18, 1990, which leads us to believe that Google has chosen that date to also make its own release.

In the meantime, we have plenty of speculation, leaks, and images of Android 4.4 to keep our minds busy, pondering on what new things the next Android will bring, everything from a revamped color scheme, to a new Downloads app, to improved Location settings. Even Google officially chimed in on the Android 4.4 changes when it advised developers to update how their third-party SMS apps work, introducing a new default SMS behavior to the platform. We've also been flooded with sneak peeks which leave very little to the imagination as to what the interface will look like.

Although the association of the release date with a hit song might be considered a bit of a stretch, considering there is very little chance left of it happening today, we might as well try to glean what we can. Of course, this new hint doesn't clue us in whether the Nexus 5 will see the light of day on that date as well, or if it will be delayed to the end of the month as some would have us believe.


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  • Jiraiya

    “That song had a length of 4 minutes and 4 seconds, the same double 4 of the upcoming Android version. The song was released on October 18, 1990, which leads us to believe that Google has chosen that date to also make its own release.”

    I honestly have no idea what to say…..

    • John Bailey

      Lol I was thinking “and you figured this out HOW???” and then my mind was blown

  • Ali

    Actually, the song was released on December 13 1990 and he had a length of 4 minutes and SIX seconds.

    • nikira

      I’ve seen both the 4 Minutes, 4 Seconds and the 4 Minutes, 6 seconds references. Though, that really could be based on the version released. I’ve not seen a december date though, only the october date.

    • Jeffrey Heesch

      Just looked it up on Play Music and he track shows 4:03 as the length.

  • DustoMan

    Okay. This is getting ridiculous. Just tell us when the OS and Phone are coming out GOOGLE!

  • WikiGuy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonna_Make_You_Sweat_(Everybody_Dance_Now) – track length is 4:06, so it doesn’t make sense!

    • Liaw Kim Poh

      hah the wiki page was 4.04, someone just edited it

      • SkylaC90

        The song is exactly 4:04 long, here is the proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siBJXjVLnVs

      • Frisco Boy

        The man in the middle seems very attractive and macho. Do you think he’s gay?

      • SkylaC90

        how the hell would i know???

  • kiposi

    Everybody is probably anxious, excited, or even just merely curious to see what Google has prepared for Android 4.4 KitKat. Actually everybody except iOS users…

  • mims

    this is getting on my nerves, just….. come what may…

  • Nexus5Forum.com

    My bet is Halloween.

  • Jamie Andrews

    If they have actually done this, what an amazing way to hint at at a product release! Very clever!

  • bob

    Don’t forget Clavilles and Cole used to like eating kitkats. If you want tenuous, you got it.

  • SurvivalPolicy™

    Wow that is deep.

  • Daniver

    Ok, I’ll ask the obvious – if 4.4 is being rolled out first on a new handset, the Nexus 5, might it be the American goverment shutdown blocking the release? Isn’t the FCC closed? Has the Nexus 5 already passed the FCC tests?

    • McHale72

      It passed through the FCC before the shutdown.

  • John Smith

    If that is true then the song length should be 4:40 not 4:04. Anyhow, the humongous number of rumours today is just ridiculous. I can’t stand it any more. Just syfm.

  • Liaw Kim Poh

    check out another hint here http://androidcommunity.com/android-4-4-and-nexus-5-launch-could-be-the-28th-but-still-no-official-word-20131016/ and yet another guess on October 28th announcement … :p