By Stephen Schenck | September 6, 2013 4:27 PM
Back on Tuesday, Google sprung news of Android 4.4 upon us, confirming the build’s name not as the long-expected Key Lime Pie, but as KitKat, instead. As only seems fitting for the use of a name like that, content on Google’s site pointed to a forthcoming contest involving Kit Kat the candy bar (yes, there’s a space in the candy’s name but not in Android 4.4′s name, and no, we haven’t a clue why that is), but links to the details weren’t yet available. We still haven’t seen Google release any Android 4.4 updates, but it looks like the contest is getting underway all the same, and we finally learn how it will work.
First up, the unfortunate but not-at-all-surprising eligibility restrictions: US residents only. Sorry, international Android (and candy) fans. Those of you who can play will find entry codes in the wrappers of specially marked Kit Kat bars, which can be checked using an online tool. One thousand grand prizes of new Nexus 7 tablets will be awarded, as well as one hundred fifty thousand first prizes, consisting of a $5 Google Play credit. There are also twenty thousand second prizes of more Kit Kat candy available, but we know you’re interested in the Android loot, right?
As a result of all this, expect Android 4.4 KitKat to enjoy a lot higher name recognition that past builds among even casual smartphone users, as Google and Hershey’s promote this contest.