Nestlé has taken to teasing the public yet again as we continue to wait for the release of Android 4.4 KitKat.
Notably, some Android KitKat images shared on the Nestlé candy's social media pages a few weeks ago left many wondering if the teasers contained clues to a release date for the new Android operating system. Alas, all of the launch dates deciphered from the images have come and gone, and Android 4.4 still isn't official.
As Google was hosting its Google+ media event Tuesday (which also came and went with no appearance from Android 4.4 and the subsequent Nexus 5 smartphone), Nestlé took to social media yet again, uploading a teaser video.
Dubbed a #magicbreak, the video included the caption “Android KitKat 4.4 – one to enjoy whilst you’re waiting.” It features two Androids, one with a KitKat bar. The other Android is wearing a top hat and offers to do a magic trick with the single KitKat finger the first Android has broken from a full candy bar. The trick comes as the magician Android eats the KitKat finger and disappears in a puff of smoke.
The video has left many fans wondering, what exactly they were waiting for, which has been aptly expressed within comments. Some have taken to deciphering the video yet again, noting that the one finger the Android snaps from a KitKat bar leaves three fingers left. The guess is the three fingers indicate three days left until the Android 4.4 release as of Tuesday, which would put the launch date at the already proposed Nov. 1.
Earlier this week, tech informant @evleaks proposed the Nexus 5 would release Nov. 1, likely with Android 4.4 on board. The only other remaining release date is Oct. 31, which was proposed by tech website MobileSyrup. Some suspect the Nexus 5 may not be officially unveiled at an event but rather may become available at the Google Play Store on either of the suggested days. But with little word from Google on the matter, these dates are not confirmed.
The Teasing Continues
Wednesday also has a host of Android KitKat leaks courtesy of KitKat social media. Early Wednesday morning, an image of an Android “passport” was shared to various KitKat social media pages. Many note the Sept. 3 “date of certification,” which was notably the day that Android announced the name of its next operating system as Android 4.4. Another date is the Oct. 29 date stamp, with no significance as it has already passed.
A second video of Androids playing with a KitKat bar also went up Wednesday. Captioned “Now don't be mean and share your KITKAT!”, it features two Androids fighting over a KitKat finger. Ultimately a third Android comes and steals the KitKat finger for himself.
It now appears many fans are giving up on trying to decipher the Android KitKat teasers and have simply sunk into frustration. Some consider this is Google and Nestlé’s exact intention, to tease us and build up as much fervor around Android 4.4 KitKat as possible.
Many have considered that it makes sense for Android and Nestle to take advantage of the upcoming Halloween holiday for advertising its products, KitKat and Android KitKat alike. Keep in mind that Halloween is all about the trick or treat, and Google has long proven itself a master of trickery. Nearly a year went by with the public referring to the next Android operating system as Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, and the Mountain View, Calif. company expertly kept the name under wraps. It’s safe to say once Android 4.4 KitKat is finally released; all eyes will be on Google.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.