In a tweet by Sundar Pichai, he says that as of today, there have been over 1 billion Android device activations to date. That’s a lot of devices for an OS just 5 years old. Time have certainly changed, since they?
We now have over 1 Billion Android activations and hope this guy in front of the building keeps that momentum going pic.twitter.com/V0VovgmObl
— sundarpichai (@sundarpichai) September 3, 2013
Sundar also shared a picture of a new figure at Google showing off a new Android version, 4.4 KitKat. It was previously rumored to be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, but that’s obviously now defunct. All Google has on their Android site (besides a history of Android versions) for 4.4 KitKat is that it’s Google’s “goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing experience for everybody.
This seems to line up with the rumor that Android 4.4 (formerly 5.0) will be better designed to run on older devices with less than 512 MB of RAM. Hopefully that means older devices can finally get upgraded and more fragmentation will be gone. There’s no release date for KitKat yet, but as soon as it’s released, you’ll know from us.