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Google might release more KitKat updates before Android 4.5 launches

Published Mar 20th, 2014 6:45PM EDT
New Android 4.4 KitKat Update

A previously unseen version of Android 4.4 KitKat has been discovered on Google’s Chrome bug tracking board by Myce who spotted build KTU65 running on a Nexus 5 in an issue description that was initially labeled “Google Restrict View” – or visible only to Google employees – before being made public.

“According to the convention the first letter is the codename of the release family (e.g. ‘K’ for KitKat). The second letter is a branch code that allows Google to identify the exact code branch that the build was made from, and ‘R’ is by convention the primary release branch. The next letter and two digits are a date code,” Myce writes. “The letter counts quarters, with ‘A’ being Q1 2009. Therefore, ‘F’ is Q2 2010. The two digits count days within the quarter, so F85 is June 24th, 2010. Finally, the last letter identifies individual versions related to the same date code, sequentially starting with ‘A’; ‘A’ is actually implicit and usually omitted for brevity.”

Thus, it’s easy to determine that build version KTU65 describes a KitKat version dated March 6, 2014. It’s not clear when the next KitKat update is coming, but it certainly looks like Google is working on one. Also, it’s not known what the update would bring, but it may possibly fix Nexus 5 camera issues and other bugs once Google releases it. The latest KitKat build available to users is KOT49H, or Android 4.4.2.

The company is rumored to unveil Android 4.5 at some point this summer alongside new Nexus hardware.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.