November 29, 2020
Google Android dessert names dropped

Google Drops Desserts, Switches to Numbers for Upcoming Versions of Android

Google gives up its beloved Android version dessert names, replacing them with numbers, starting with the “Q” release, or Android 10…

Google has finally revealed its name for the upcoming Android Q. And, it’s not named after a dessert for the first time. The tech corporation will simply call it Android 10.

Google Android Versions Ditch Dessert Names, Go Numeric

In a blog post, the company explains it is changing its long-standing dessert-naming practices. The reason for the change is quite straightforward — there are letters which don’t translate in some languages. (For instance, L and R aren’t particularly distinguishable in various languages.)

“As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world. So, this next release of Android will simply use the version number and be called Android 10. We think this change helps make release names simpler and more intuitive for our global community. And while there were many tempting “Q” desserts out there, we think that at version 10 and 2.5 billion active devices, it was time to make this change.”

Additionally, desserts aren’t necessarily all known worldwide. Which means even in places where a dessert is vaguely known, there’s no nostalgic or emotional connection.

Google has also taken the step to update the Android logo. It changed from green text to black, making it easier to read.

William Boleys

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