New iPhones to be Announced at September 10 Event; Google Tries to Steal Thunder with Android 4.4 KitKat
Right on cue, Apple has sent out media invites to select members of the international press inviting them for an event on September 10.
Apple is ready to unveil its next-generation iPhone hardware at the event. Unlike previous times there have been a lot of leaks this time around, and there are likely to be two new phones introduced at the event – the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S.
If the rumors are to be believed the iPhone 5S will replace the iPhone 5 and will have the same form factor but include certain enchantments like a fingerprint sensor, a 12- or 13-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, and new colors which include graphite and gold.
The iPhone 5C is expected to be low cost version which will be available in multiple colors as the invite might point to.
While there will be a new hardware, Apple will also unveil the final version of iOS 7, one of the biggest changes to its smartphone operation since its inception. While they have released beta versions for developers to test out, Apple is known for keeping some surprises hidden.
In other news:
Android 4.4 Will Be Called KitKat
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
In a rather surprising move Google has unveiled the name of the next version of Android before its launch date, as if they wanted to steal attention away from Apple’s announcement. Continuing with the tradition of naming its operating systems after desserts, the next version of Android has been christened KitKat.
This was announced by Google’s head of Chrome and Android Sundar Pinchai on his Google+ page and Twitter profile. He also announced that Android now has now been activated on more than 1 billion devices. In May at Google’s I/O developer conference, Sundar announced that 900 million Android devices were activated.
Google has also set up a page where people can sign up for updates on KitKat. While KitKat is a popular chocolate, it is surprising that Google has chosen a brand name for its next Android version. There is even a link to the official KitKat page on the Android page.
To mark the occasion of 1 billion activations Google also unveiled the Android KitKat statue on the lawns of Google HQ in Mountain View.
According to a report by the BBC, Google had decided to call the next version of Android KitKat last year and that there would be no money involved in the branding. The report also states that to promote the alliance, Nestle now plans to deliver more than 50 million chocolate bars featuring the Android mascot to shops in 19 markets, including the UK, US, Brazil, India, Japan and Russia.