The best replacement for kitkat is jelly bean.

The best alternatives to kitkat are rated as following:
★★★★★  jelly bean
★★★★  ios 7
★★★★  4.3
★★★  cyanogenmod
★★★  ics
★★★  gingerbread
★★  4.2.2
★  ios 7.1
★  jelly bean android
★  jelly bean 4.3
  windows phone 8.1

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Speaking about kitkat, one probably shouldn't forget about touchwiz.

Other search terms related to kitkat and their ratings are:

★★★★★ touchwiz
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