Google abandons dessert-themed names for Android

Shawn Knight

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Why now, you ask?

In announcing Google’s decision, Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management for Android, said that as they continue to build Android for devices around the world, they felt their brand should be as inclusive and accessible as possible. “We think we can do better in a few ways.”

Samat touched on how the engineering team has traditionally used internal code names based off of tasty treats but added that they’ve “heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community.”

To make Android more universally acceptable, the next version of Android will simply use its version number – in this case, Android 10. The next version will be Android 11, and so on. How exciting.

While not a huge deal, abandoning the original scheme feels like a misstep. Google’s playful naming convention was a break from the norm and many would make a game of trying to predict the next name to be used. Google even licensed a couple of brand names with KitKat and Oreo. My guess is that when they hit the letter Q, they ran out of ideas. Indeed, can you think of a single common treat that starts with the letter Q?

If the new, monotonous naming contention is able to boost user adoption and curb Android’s massive fragmentation problem, well then, bring it on.

Masthead credit: Android Pie by Sundry Photography. Android Q by rafapress

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Theinsanegamer

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"heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community"

so instead they switched to a new naming scheme that wont always be understood by everyone in the global community. How many times have you heard someone say they had "windows 2010" or "office vista"? Or "I dont know, my computer has the Internet, not Windows!

It's just another step in google losing its identity. No naming scheme will be perfectly understood, so why not have some fun?
 
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axiomatic13

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This is a stuffy move from Google management. Relax, have some fun, don't be a stick in the mud. People enjoy the codenames.
 

sauri

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Qurabiya cookies are widely popular from Balkans to middle East to ex-USSR. Sure it's not "universal" but nor is a good portion of the past Android names.
 

darkich

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Here's an idea, Google..wait for it..how about .. Q??
Why not just switching to the ALPHABET(get it, the pun) naming scheme?!?!?!?!.@

Why not go by all the obvious ways of logic?!
 
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Ludak021

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Finally. People that do not follow scene or change phones twice a year will be able to tell which version is newer. Seriously, without googling, how is someone to know if Pie is newer or older than Oreo, or something else (this just an example). It makes no sense to ordinary people.
 

MarkHughes

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Finally. People that do not follow scene or change phones twice a year will be able to tell which version is newer. Seriously, without googling, how is someone to know if Pie is newer or older than Oreo, or something else (this just an example). It makes no sense to ordinary people.
They are alphabetical which I am sure you know, However you are right in that you do need to know that in order to know what is going on. Whereas everyone has an understanding of numbers, And numbers work across cultures and languages too.