Local Chinese daily Shin Min Daily News reported that on January 30 at 7.30pm a shop employee heard a loud bang - and saw her colleague lying on the floor in a pool of blood.
Alarmingly, local reports claimed the incident was the ninth recorded mobile phone explosion in China since 2002.
Police in Guangzhou, China, are investigating whether the phone was counterfeit.
The man, believed to be an employee at a computer shop in Guangzhou, China, died after putting a new battery in his phone.
During its announcement of Android Kit Kat in 2013, Google explained that "Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert", although a Google spokesperson told CNN in an interview that "It’s kind of like an internal team thing, and we prefer to be a little bit — how should I say — a bit inscrutable in the matter, I’ll say".
It is believed that the 20-year-old man had just finished charging the phone’s battery before placing it in his breast pocket.Since 2008, Android has seen numerous updates which have incrementally improved the operating system, adding new features and fixing bugs in previous releases.Each major release is named in alphabetical order after a dessert or sugary treat, with the first few Android versions being called "Cupcake", "Donut", "Eclair", and "Froyo", in that order.In June 2007 welder Xiao Jinpeng, 22, died from chest wounds when his own mobile exploded while at work at a mill.A government inquiry said the phone's lithium battery had exploded due to heat from the mill.Within a year, the Open Handset Alliance faced two other open source competitors, the Symbian Foundation and the Li Mo Foundation, the latter also developing a Linux-based mobile operating system like Google.In September 2007, Information Week covered an Evalueserve study reporting that Google had filed several patent applications in the area of mobile telephony.Google marketed the platform to handset makers and carriers on the promise of providing a flexible, upgradeable system.An early prototype had a close resemblance to a Black Berry phone, with no touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard, but the arrival of 2007's Apple i Phone meant that Android "had to go back to the drawing board".He left Google in August 2013 to join Chinese phone maker Xiaomi.Less than six months earlier, Google's then-CEO Larry Page announced in a blog post that Andy Rubin had moved from the Android division to take on new projects at Google, and that Sundar Pichai would become the new Android lead.