Sep 20th, 2013

Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie KitKat Nexus tablet

It was in the video of the Nexus 5 left unattended in a bar that we got our first glimpse of Android 4.4 KitKat. The video seemingly confirmed rumors that Google would finally do away with Android’s famous cyan blue Holo theme in favor of a standard white/grey color scheme.

Android 4.4 4.3 debug icons

Android 4.4’s more more neutral theme is making another appearance, this time in Google’s Play Store listing for their official Korean keyboard app (it’s since been removed). Screenshots of the app running on a tablet show, not only the new muted icons, but a tiny debug icon in the shape of Key Lime Pie (FYI, Android 4.1-4.3 is the cute little Jelly Bean pictured left).

You may be asking yourself why a slice of key lime pie, and not a KitKat? Well, in an interview with the BCC, Google’s Director of Global Partnerships John Lagerling mentioned that Google’s deal with Nestle to name Android 4.4 KitKat blindsided even a good portion of the Android team, who was already using Key Lime Pie internally. Gotta hand it to Google, they really did an amazing job at keeping KitKat a secret.

While this latest “leak” offers no confirmation that Android KitKat will feature user customizable colored Holo themes, we’ll hopefully find out more once Android 4.4 KitKat — along with the Nexus 5 — makes its rumored debut next month. Side note: the time on the clock shows 10/7, but we’ll let you guess at its implications. Cheers.

[Google Korean IME on Google Play | via AndroidPolice]

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