GO Launcher Teases Android 4.4 KitKat Launch Today [Update]


Android 4.4 KitKat will finally make its much-anticipated debut today, according to tweets and Facebook posts from the team behind GO Launcher. Recent reports have suggested that Google has delayed the release until November, but whoever’s controlling GO Launcher’s social feeds says they’ve had an official Google invitation that says different.

If you’re unfamiliar with GO Launcher, it’s a popular custom launcher for Android that lets you customize your icons, apply themes, and do lots more. The team behind it published several messages on Facebook and Twitter on Thursday teasing KitKat’s launch before the end of the week.


But there’s some confusion over the exact date it may be landing. You see, the messages were published Thursday and they promise KitKat’s launch “tomorrow” (today), but as Android Authority points out, the GO Launcher team is based in China, where it was already Friday when the tweets were published.

Confusing, I know. But of course, tomorrow is a Saturday, so it seems highly unlikely Google would make a major announcement then. Having said that, we’re going to assume GO Launcher was suggesting a launch today, October 24.

It still seems odd that no one else is reporting this, though. As far as we know, the media are yet to receive their invitations to the event — if they have they’re keeping very quiet about them for some reason — and you’d expect Google to give at least a one week’s notice. It’s not like KitKat is a big secret; the company has already announced it.

Don’t be too disappointed if nothing happens today, then. This could be a rather shameless bid for some press attention — not that we’d expect that from GO Launcher — so there may not be an event after all. But we’ll keep out fingers firmly crossed. I just want my new Nexus 5.

Come on, Google!

UPDATE: So it looks like this was just a shameless bid for press attention. GO Launcher has no said that Google’s supposed October 25 release “has been postponed.” There never was one, of course.