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Android 4.4 Named 'KitKat'

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the because-who-doesn't-love-branding-tie-ins dept.

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Today Google revealed that the next major version of the Android mobile operating system will be called 'KitKat.' The naming convention has always used sugary snacks in alphabetical order — Jelly Bean (4.1 - 4.3) followed Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), which followed Honeycomb (3.1 - 3.2), which followed Gingerbread (2.3), and so on. Unlike the previous releases, KitKat is named after an actual product, rather than a generic treat. Thus, Google contacted Nestle, who was happy to jump on board and take advantage of the cross-marketing opportunities. According to an article at the BBC, the Android team was originally going to use 'Key Lime Pie,' but they decided it wasn't familiar enough to most people. After finding some KitKat bars in the company fridge, they made the choice to switch. Nestle was on board 'within an hour' of hearing the idea.

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Alphabet (1)

Valentinial (2980593) | about a year ago | (#44748939)

They using the same alphabet I'm using?

Re:Alphabet (0)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44748989)

Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kit Kat ... are you sure they're not?

Re:Alphabet (5, Informative)

Valentinial (2980593) | about a year ago | (#44749005)

No turns out I'm just dumb and can't read.

Re:Alphabet (4, Funny)

Applekid (993327) | about a year ago | (#44749805)

Re:Alphabet (Score:5, Informative)
No turns out I'm just dumb and can't read.

Dang, you're cold /.

Re:Alphabet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749073)

My alphabet starts with an A

Re:Alphabet (1)

InfiniteBlaze (2564509) | about a year ago | (#44749187)

"Alpha", "Beta"....?

Re:Alphabet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749633)

"Astro" and "Bender", before they realized that naming Android versions after fictional robots would lead to trademark problems.

Re:Alphabet (1)

lgw (121541) | about a year ago | (#44749653)

Astro" and "Bender", before they realized that naming Android versions after fictional robots would lead to trademark problems.

Whereas naming them after trademarked candy bars will be no problem at all in today's litigious IP climate.

Re:Alphabet (2)

khellendros1984 (792761) | about a year ago | (#44749659)

Android 1.0 and 1.1 didn't have special dessert names. Apparently, Android 1.2-1.4 were internal-only versions. Cupcake (Android 1.5) began with C, being the third publicly-released version of the OS.

Re:Alphabet (2)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year ago | (#44749091)

What the hell is a "Froyo", anyway? It makes me think of a hobbit, not a dessert.

Re:Alphabet (5, Informative)

jodosh (1260096) | about a year ago | (#44749107)

Froyo is slang for Frozen Yogurt

Re:Alphabet (2)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year ago | (#44749277)

Ah, that makes sense now. Thanks.

And now I don't imagine it being pronounced "froy-o" (rhymes with "boyo") instead of "fro-yo."

Not sure that's relevant enough to count as my "something I learned today" but at least it's one less incongruity messing with my brain. :)

Re:Alphabet (5, Insightful)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#44749329)

... and yet they thought "key lime pie" was too unfamiliar?

Re:Alphabet (3, Interesting)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#44749565)

... and yet they thought "key lime pie" was too unfamiliar?

The Florida Key Lime Growers Association made a lower bid?

Seriously, though, I won't break my sugar-free 'diet' for a KitKat, but wave some key lime pie in front of me ... what an opportunity to educate the masses and help farmers instead of a company that is famous for marketing infant formula as superior to breast milk in areas with unsafe drinking water.

Is it really worth being associated with baby killing?

Re:Alphabet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749581)

The real reason is that when the "community" successfully guesses the name of the next Android version, the Android team changes it at the last minute. That's why 2.2 is "Froyo" and not "Flan". Trufax.

Re:Alphabet (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | about a year ago | (#44749595)

At the time they used "froyo", they weren't really using those codenames in their marketing, I guess.

Re:Alphabet (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | about a year ago | (#44749853)

... and yet they thought "key lime pie" was too unfamiliar?

These are people who keep KitKat bars in the fridge, what can you expect? Unless they've got a mouse problem at the Googleplex, then it actually makes sense.

Re:Alphabet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749955)

all candy bars are better if kept in the fridge (or even the freezer for some).
Goes triple for thin mint girl scout cookies

Re:Alphabet (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44749115)

Frozen Yogurt. Not a new term as far as I know.

If your froyo is a "sugary treat" (0)

themushroom (197365) | about a year ago | (#44749245)

you are eating the wrong brand, according to Dr. Oz.

Re:If your froyo is a "sugary treat" (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44749513)

True, same as getting a salad at McDonald's -- it's got more fat and sugar than the Big Mac.

Re:If your froyo is a "sugary treat" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749859)

"you are eating the wrong brand, according to Dr. Oz."

And why should I take dietary advice from a Doctor from an imaginary land of wizards and witches?

Re:Alphabet (1)

photonic (584757) | about a year ago | (#44749157)

Next versions: Lollypop, M&M/Mars, Nougat, , . Seems that Google's marketing department has already posted this question [yahoo.com] disguised as a mother.

Re:Alphabet (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about a year ago | (#44749067)

They using the same alphabet I'm using?

Let's see:

" J (elly Bean) followed I (ce Cream Sandwich) which followed H (oneycomb)".

Yes, I think they are. Why do you ask?

Re:Alphabet (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about a year ago | (#44749243)

No. They're using the correct alphabet.

the self-proclaimed patent owners of that alphabet (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about a year ago | (#44749553)

Didn't you pay the self-proclaimed patent owners of that alphabet either?

Be sure, Google will _never_ pay Apple for using the alphabet.

Don't ever pay Apple for using the alphabet!

Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44748945)

Why not 'candybar', or whatever non-commercial name? Seems like a silly choice.

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about a year ago | (#44749009)

Why not 'candybar', or whatever non-commercial name? Seems like a silly choice.

Because that doesn't begin with a 'k'.

(and 'kandi' sounds like the name of a pornographic actress)

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year ago | (#44749103)

Not only that, but it demonstrates Google's furtherance of Whig objectives.

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#44749363)

And 'Kandi' sounds like the name of a pornographic actress

Thank you, you just ruined my afternoon.

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (1)

mcl630 (1839996) | about a year ago | (#44749035)

'Candybar' doesn't start with K. Besides, it's a silly joint marketing ploy. Hard to do with generic names.

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (1)

nmb3000 (741169) | about a year ago | (#44749111)

Why not 'candybar', or whatever non-commercial name? Seems like a silly choice.

Well, probably because "candy bar" doesn't start with a K.

And I'm not sure I buy the "not familiar with" story. More likely somebody made an offhand suggestion of KitKat and marketing messed their shorts over the idea of "cross marketing opportunities".

"Key Lime" would have been a great name.

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (2)

xaxa (988988) | about a year ago | (#44749355)

I'm not sure I buy the "not familiar with" story.

I've not heard of a Key Lime Pie before (I'm British). Wikipedia has a page, and it looks like a lemon meringue pie with a particular variety of limes rather than lemons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_meringue_pie [wikipedia.org]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_lime_pie [wikipedia.org] ("Key lime pie is an American dessert...")

However, it probably is just marketing. An unknown (to me) American dessert was already used: froyo.

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about a year ago | (#44749461)

Do we get to take credit for Frozen Yogurt? That's pretty cool. I didn't know that was ours. Its by far the healthiest desert I know of.

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (1)

xaxa (988988) | about a year ago | (#44749607)

Do we get to take credit for Frozen Yogurt? That's pretty cool. I didn't know that was ours.

You do indeed!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frozen_yogurt [wikipedia.org] "Frozen yogurt was introduced in New England, north-east United States, in the 1970s as a soft serve dessert by H. P. Hood under the name Frogurt."

Its by far the healthiest desert I know of.

Full-fat yoghurt is perhaps healthier (fewer calories).

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44749879)

Sorry about our deserts not being boiled, but froyo is frozen yogurt which even you should be able to get. How is it exactly that the limeys are unaware of lime pie?

Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about a year ago | (#44749939)

Most key lime pies I've had do not have the meringue. LMP filling is lemon curd (lemon juice, egg yolks, butter, starch, sugar) whereas KLP filling is key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks. They're really quite different. So, different fruit, different taste, different mouth feel, different pie.

Oh, just great ... (5, Interesting)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44748949)

Android 4.5, brought to you by Pepsi can't be far from here.

Screw you and your cross marketing opportunities.

Re:Oh, just great ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44748975)

You have to wait for 4.10 for Pepsi. And even then it would probably be Pepsi-Cola.

Re:Oh, just great ... (1)

rossdee (243626) | about a year ago | (#44749817)

Mountain Dew and Mello Yello can have a bidding war over the M entry (Version 5 maybe)

(I generally drink Sun Drop, but the other 2 are OK)

Re:Oh, just great ... (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#44749019)

Android 6 is Pepsi
by then its going to be a new generation of people using it who are now kids, and everyone knows that Pepsi is the Choice of a new Generation

Re:Oh, just great ... (2)

rvw (755107) | about a year ago | (#44749291)

Android 6 is Pepsi
by then its going to be a new generation of people using it who are now kids, and everyone knows that Pepsi is the Choice of a new Generation

Can't wait for Tipsy Android. Although, Android Screwdriver seems quite attractive as well.

Re:Oh, just great ... (3, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year ago | (#44749305)

Android 6 is Pepsi
by then its going to be a new generation of people using it who are now kids, and everyone knows that Pepsi is the Choice of a new Generation

be sociable, drink a pepsi. be young and fair and debonair, have a pepsi. pepsi for those who think young -- such as vice president nixon and premier khrushchev

Re:Oh, just great ... (2)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about a year ago | (#44749535)

Android 6 is Pepsi by then its going to be a new generation of people using it who are now kids, and everyone knows that Pepsi is the Choice of a new Generation

be sociable, drink a pepsi. be young and fair and debonair, have a pepsi. pepsi for those who think young -- such as vice president nixon and premier khrushchev

More like "Android 6 Pepsi"

Brought to you by Carl's Jr. - Fuck you, I'm eating

Re:Oh, just great ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749447)

7 UP for 7?

Guess Dr. Pepper already missed 2 and 4, maybe waiting for 10.2.4?

Re:Oh, just great ... (1)

mcl630 (1839996) | about a year ago | (#44749055)

Will only happen if Pepsi changes it name to something that starts with the letter L.

Re:Oh, just great ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749199)

Android 6.0 Lipton® Brisk Iced Tea

Re:Oh, just great ... (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#44749405)

The worst iced tea I ever tasted. Weird aftertaste. I guess it can best be described as a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike iced tea.

Re:Oh, just great ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749485)

Advanced Iced-Tea Substitute?

Re:Oh, just great ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749217)

such as Lay's? (owned by pepsico)

Re:Oh, just great ... (1)

Eq 7-2521 (159354) | about a year ago | (#44749075)

The Year Of The Depend Adult Undergarment is just around the corner.

Re:Oh, just great ... (2)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44749141)

Android 4.5, brought to you by Pepsi can't be far from here.

Screw you and your cross marketing opportunities.

As the cute code names for software releases have gained some popularity during the recent years, I wonder if some OSS project could also use the "KitKat" trick and get some sponsor money to accelerate development.

Re:Oh, just great ... (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44749321)

We always made damned sure our development code names weren't ever something the sales and marketing weasels would latch onto, and that weretotally unrelated to what we were doing. In fact, that was the entire point of them.

If it sounded cool or interesting, they'd start selling it before it existed. To me the code name is to allow you to talk about it without people knowing what you're talking about or co-opting it for marketing material.

It's not supposed to be cute or catchy. It's to keep the sales guys at bay. They won't get excited about 'project garden slug', because they're not meant to.

Additionally..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749579)

How is this going to affect open source releases?

Will they not have to call it Key Lime Pie in order to avoiding Nestle's legal arm issuing C&Ds?

Will Google use this as an opportunity to help stifle open source development in their bid to focus on Google Play as the one true API?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Re:Oh, just great ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749789)

It's not supposed to be cute or catchy. It's to keep the sales guys at bay. They won't get excited about 'project garden slug', because they're not meant to.

Times change. We seem to be now arriving at an era where developers and end users are paying more attention to the code names and making them sound catchy might be a little extra selling point.

Re:Oh, just great ... (1)

njnnja (2833511) | about a year ago | (#44749379)

Screw you and your cross marketing opportunities.

Well what do you expect with an operating system in the hands of an advertising company? Next up..."Alert: Doctor's appointment at 2:00. This reminder brought to you by Johnson and Johnson"

Re:Oh, just great ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749463)

Android 4.5, brought to you by Pepsi can't be far from here.

Screw you and your cross marketing opportunities.

Google needed a sweet/candy-like item starting with the letter "K", after Jelly Bean. Maybe there are some other, more generic words than "KitKat", but off the top of my head, I can't think of any.

Re:Oh, just great ... (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44749921)

Key Lime Pie.

And Android 4.5 will be named... (4, Funny)

GPS Pilot (3683) | about a year ago | (#44749811)

Mountain KitKat

Re:Oh, just great ... (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#44749917)

It's not like they're trying to rename classic ballparks or changing gene names to corporate sponsors. It's their thing, it's been going on for, what, a few years, and so few people even know what android OS they're using, I'm not sure where the anger is coming from. I find "kit kat" more fun than iOS 6. And it's less crass than "McDonalds Kit Kat Flurry" or something like that.

Cat? I'm a kitty cat! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44748963)

and I dance dance dance

Re:Cat? I'm a kitty cat! (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#44749351)

... in a fire? Pretty please?

Re:Cat? I'm a kitty cat! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749515)

Oh, you're no fun anymore!

Meh (5, Insightful)

Niris (1443675) | about a year ago | (#44748973)

That's fine and all, but I really don't care about the OS name. There's multiple articles out there and people going crazy _just for the name_. I want to know what's new in the OS for developers, not what their next marketing strategy is.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749181)

And these people call Apple users fanboys...

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749183)

I wish that ubuntu, linuxmint and other linuxdists stopped putting stupid names on their versions. Why can't they just use version numbers???

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749531)

They do. The next Ubuntu version is 13.10. The Current linuxmint version is 15.

Re:Meh (5, Interesting)

rwa2 (4391) | about a year ago | (#44749381)

That's fine and all, but I really don't care about the OS name. There's multiple articles out there and people going crazy _just for the name_. I want to know what's new in the OS for developers, not what their next marketing strategy is.

Also, the Android OS version apparently doesn't really matter anymore... they moved all of the critical API stuff to "Google Play Services" which auto-updates every week or so, and pretty much supports everything back to Android 2.2

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/balky-carriers-and-slow-oems-step-aside-google-is-defragging-android/ [arstechnica.com]

Re:Meh (1)

jodosh (1260096) | about a year ago | (#44749743)

Very useful story, and it makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the link. Wish I had mod points.

"Nestle was on board 'within an hour' of hearing" (1)

barc0001 (173002) | about a year ago | (#44749007)

You mean they didn't want to turn down a free opportunity to have their trademark splashed all over the world in marketing blurbs for the next couple of years on someone else's dime? Shocking!

Re:"Nestle was on board 'within an hour' of hearin (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749097)

I suspect no one asked the lawyers yet.

Re:"Nestle was on board 'within an hour' of hearin (1)

barc0001 (173002) | about a year ago | (#44749289)

Actually, reading the article, I rather think they have. Otherwise they wouldn't be doing stuff like this:

"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.

The packaging had to be produced in advance over the past two months. But despite the scale of the operation, the two firms managed to keep the story a secret,"

Re:"Nestle was on board 'within an hour' of hearin (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about a year ago | (#44749365)

Wait until they find out that KitKat is a steaming pile and it'll be too late. Don't try to associate your product with something that's completely out of your control. Murphy's Law will get you. Same goes for Android, as they can't control what people think of KitKats.

Re:"Nestle was on board 'within an hour' of hearin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749523)

And the Apple fanboys arrive.

KitKat? Give me a break! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749013)

N/T

Re:KitKat? Give me a break! (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44749195)

I see what you did [staticflickr.com] there.

"KitKat"? (5, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | about a year ago | (#44749021)

Give me a break!

Re:"KitKat"? (1)

intermodal (534361) | about a year ago | (#44749155)

Well played, sir!

Re:"KitKat"? (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | about a year ago | (#44749231)

Give me a break!

is what people will scream when the phone bricks up on them.

Re:"KitKat"? (1)

sconeu (64226) | about a year ago | (#44749741)

Beat me to it!!!

Advertising Company (4, Insightful)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | about a year ago | (#44749153)

This is the result of what happens when an advertising company makes an operating system.

Re:Advertising Company (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749549)

So Google decided to use another company's brand to name their smartphone OS out of thin air. Just for fun.

No cash involved. Just for fun. Riiiiight.

Google: Not Evil, Just Cosying Up With Evil (5, Informative)

Blue Stone (582566) | about a year ago | (#44749163)

From Nestlé's Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org] alone:

Chocolate price fixing: "Nestlé recently agreed to pay $9-million, without admitting liability, in a settlement subject to court approval in the new year. But a massive class-action continues in the United States". Nestlé CEO Robert Leonidas is under threat of a criminal charge for his role in the price fixing of chocolates in Canada when he was at the helm of Nestlé Canada from 2006 to 2010.

Marketing of formula: One of the most prominent controversies involving Nestlé concerns the promotion of the use of infant formula to mothers across the world, including developing countries – an issue that attracted significant attention in 1977 as a result of the Nestlé boycott, which is still ongoing. Nestlé continues to draw criticism that it is in violation of a 1981 World Health Organization code that regulates the advertising of breast milk substitutes.[34] Groups such as the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) and Save the Children claim that the promotion of infant formula over breastfeeding has led to health problems and deaths among infants in less economically developed countries.

Ethiopian debt: In 2002, Nestlé demanded that the nation of Ethiopia repay $6 million of debt to the company. Ethiopia was suffering a severe famine at the time. Nestlé backed down from its demand after more than 8,500 people complained via e-mail to the company about its treatment of the Ethiopian government. The company agreed to re-invest any money it received from Ethiopia back into the country.

Melamine in Chinese milk: In late September 2008, the Hong Kong government found melamine in a Chinese-made Nestlé milk product. Six infants died from kidney damage, and a further 860 babies were hospitalised. The Dairy Farm milk was made by Nestlé's division in the Chinese coastal city Qingdao. Nestlé affirmed that all its products were safe and were not made from milk adulterated with melamine. On 2 October 2008, the Taiwan Health ministry announced that six types of milk powders produced in China by Nestlé contained low-level traces of melamine, and were "removed from the shelves".

Greenwashing: A coalition of environmental groups filed a complaint against Nestlé to the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards after Nestlé took out full-page advertisements in October 2008 claiming that "Most water bottles avoid landfill sites and are recycled", "Nestlé Pure Life is a healthy, eco-friendly choice" and that "Bottled water is the most environmentally responsible consumer product in the world". A spokesperson from one of the environmental groups stated: "For Nestlé to claim that its bottled water product is environmentally superior to any other consumer product in the world is not supportable". In their 2008 Corporate Citizenship Report, Nestlé themselves stated that many of their bottles end up in the solid-waste stream, and that most of their bottles are not recycled. The advertising campaign has been called greenwashing.

Zimbabwe farms: In late September 2009, it was brought to light that Nestlé was buying milk from illegally seized farms currently operated by Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace Mugabe. Mugabe and his regime are currently subject to European Union sanctions. Nestlé later stopped buying milk from the dairy farms in question.

Palm oil use: Rapid deforestation in Borneo and other regions, in order to harvest hardwood and make way for palm oil plantations, releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In particular, where peat swamp forests are cleared, destroying the habitat for many threatened species of animals such as the orangutan, much public attention has been given to the social and environmental impact of palm oil and the role of multinationals such as Nestlé in this.There is ongoing concern by various NGOs including Greenpeace.

On its official Facebook page, the company met with "a deluge of criticism from consumers, after a large number of Facebook users posted negative comments about the company's business practises."Nestlé's attempt to engage with the issue met with criticism, including headlines stating: "Nestlé fails at social media", and "Nestlé Loses Face on Facebook".
In May 2010, Nestlé said it was inviting The Forest Trust, a not-for-profit group, to audit its supply chain, and promised to cancel contracts with any firm found to be chopping down rainforests to produce the palm oil which it uses in KitKat, Aero and Quality Street. Greenpeace welcomed the agreement promising to monitor it closely.

Child labour: The 2010 documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate alleges that Nestlé purchases cocoa beans from Ivorian plantations that use child slave labour. The children are usually 12 to 15 years old, and some are trafficked from nearby countries. The first allegations that child slavery is used in cocoa production appeared in 1998. In late 2000, a BBC documentary reported the use of enslaved children in the production of cocoa in West Africa. Other media followed by reporting widespread child slavery and child trafficking in the production of cocoa. In September 2001, Bradley Alford, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol (commonly called the Cocoa Protocol), an international agreement aimed at ending child labour in the production of cocoa.

In 2005, after the cocoa industry had not met the Harkin-Engel Protocol deadline for certifying the worst forms of child labor (according to the International Labor Organization's Convention 182) had been eliminated from cocoa production, the International Labor Rights Fund filed a lawsuit in 2005 under the Alien Tort Claims Act against Nestlé and others on behalf of three Malian children. The suit alleged the children were trafficked to Côte d'Ivoire, forced into slavery, and experienced frequent beatings on a cocoa plantation. In September 2010, the US District Court for the Central District of California determined corporations cannot be held liable for violations of international law and dismissed the suit. The case was appealed to the US Court of Appeals.

In 2009, a joint police operation conducted by INTERPOL and Ivorian law enforcement officers resulted in the rescue of 54 children and the arrest of eight people involved in the illegal recruitment of children.

Bottled Life: A 2012 documentary with the title "Bottled Life" criticizes Nestlés practices concerning its water business. According to the documentary, buying a truckload of water in the United States costs Nestlé 10 USD, which is then sold for USD 50,000. Nestlé were in contact with the producers of the documentary, but finally declined to be interviewed, as they were under the strong impression that the film would be one-sided and not represent the company and its employees in a fair manner. Nestlé denies that bottled water companies pay next to nothing for the water they use and make a huge profit for selling it. According to Nestlé, the price of a bottle of water is similar to that of other packaged beverages, as it incurs similar costs linked to production, quality assurance, bottling, storage and distribution. One-third of the costs can be attributed to water and raw materials, one-third to production and one-third to distribution.

We Feed The World: In the 2005 documentary We Feed The World, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (credited as Peter Brabeck), who was the CEO of Nestlé at the time, appeared in an interview at the end of the film. He said that the idea of water as a basic human right was "extreme" and that he believed water should have value like any foodstuff. He also affirmed that Nestlé was part of the solution to world poverty by employing so many people.

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Stuff that matters... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749223)

So how many fandroids are blowing their digital load about what the next version's name will be, without any other information about improvements, features, or anything that might actually be worth talking about?

Who fucking cares what it's named. It's the features, fixes, and improvements that need to be reported.

What happens when they get to Q? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749239)

Quince?
Quesadilla?
Quaaludes-N-Cream?
Or are they just planning ahead for Nestle Quick.....

Key Lime Pie isn't familiar enough? (1)

LeLapinBlanc (2957155) | about a year ago | (#44749251)

Oh well, more for me.

cat food? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749271)

isn't that some kind of cat food?
ewww....

Stock in Key Lime Pie (1)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about a year ago | (#44749275)

Crashes upon hearing the news.

Re:Stock in Key Lime Pie (1)

rwa2 (4391) | about a year ago | (#44749439)

Obligatory Simpsons quote:

Don't do the crime, if you can't do the ...

http://i.imgur.com/GKGCtZD.jpg [imgur.com]

KEY LIME!

Great. How long until it's in shipping devices? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749281)

People get all touchy and down-moddy when I mention the dreaded F-word (fragmentation) bout android, but is Google doing anything to actually get their latest software in to the hands of consumers?

Flagship devices ship with out of date android versions and hoping for an upgrade is a bit of a lottery. Carriers still ship devices with android 2.X, which is a fucking travesty.

Crunchy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749283)

Crunch - the sound made by a Nexus 7 running KitKat, hitting the pavement from a 3 foot drop.

That's Racist, Yo. (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#44749297)

Coincidentally, just the other day I was watching Aziz Ansari's stand-up special, Deliciously Dangerous, in which the comedian covers the topic quite succinctly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIXl1e0d5QI [youtube.com]

hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749587)

Android 5.0 Diabetes

when they get to the 27th iteration (0)

rlwhite (219604) | about a year ago | (#44749703)

What will they call it? AArdvark?

Real Chocolate... (2)

David_Hart (1184661) | about a year ago | (#44749793)

Maybe now Nestle will sell the same KitKat bars in the US as they do in Canada. KitKat bars in the US have a candy chocolate coating. In Canada, and in the rest of the world, they use milk chocolate. Plus, they have a KitKat chunky... more milk chocolatey goodness...

Re:Real Chocolate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44749877)

Actually, KitKats in the US are made by Hersey. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KitKat (it's in the first paragraph)...

Branding (1)

bugs2squash (1132591) | about a year ago | (#44749963)

They should have named this release after Kent Cigarettes, then they could immediately follow it with Lung Cancer. Perhaps the successor to Kitkat could be Lard.
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