[News] Google Announces Android 4.4 “KitKat”, Microsoft Acquires Nokia’s Devices and Services Business

Here are two interesting and surprising news to share:

•Google announces Android 4.4 "KitKat"

•Microsoft acquires Nokia's devices and services business

Google announces Android 4.4 "KitKat"

We all know about Google Android operating system which is a Linux based OS specially designed for touch-enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets. Currently the latest version of Android OS is 4.3 "Jelly Bean".

Now Google has announced the name of the upcoming version of Android OS. The next version 4.4 will be named "KitKat", a popular chocolate brand which is owned by Nestle.

It came as a surprise because there were rumors that Android 4.4 will be called "Key Lime Pie".

Following are all Android version numbers and their names:

•Android 1.5 - Cupcake
•Android 1.6 - Donut
•Android 2.0, 2.1 - Eclair
•Android 2.2 - Froyo
•Android 2.3 - Gingerbread
•Android 3.0, 3.1, 3.2 - Honeycomb
•Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich
•Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 - Jelly Bean
•Android 4.4 - KitKat

The new Android 4.4 "KitKat" is expected to release in October 2013.

Microsoft acquires Nokia's devices and services business

This second news came as a big surprise to many people. Microsoft has announced to acquire Nokia's devices and services business. Microsoft will purchase all of Nokia's devices and services division including Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units, license Nokia's patents, and license and use Nokia's mapping services.

Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase Nokia's devices and services division, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia's patents. So the total transaction price would be EUR 5.44 billion i.e. $7.2 billion.

With the help of this deal, Microsoft will acquire Nokia's Lumia and Asha brands as well.

This acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.

People who were dreaming of a Nokia Lumia smartphone with Google Android OS in future, should stop dreaming...
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