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Android Q Is Now Android 10 As Google Gives Up Desserts

No more clever codes

Google has abandoned one of its biggest and longest-running traditions today as it officially announces that the official name for Android Q is now Android 10.

Yes, Google is squashing its love for dessert-themed names for its yearly update to its operating system, and instead is settling with a number-based system that allows for a more global reach. “We’ve heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community,” says Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android.

“For example, L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages. So when some people heard us say Android Lollipop out loud, it wasn’t intuitively clear that it referred to the version after KitKat. It’s even harder for new Android users, who are unfamiliar with the naming convention, to understand if their phone is running the latest version. We also know that pies are not a dessert in some places and that marshmallows, while delicious, are not a popular treat in many parts of the world,” he added.

The new naming convention should be easier to remember, and starting from this year Android will have a numerical version number – next year will be Android 11, Android 12 after that, and so on and so forth.

Aside from the new name, the wordmark for Android is also getting an overhaul. Instead of just the word Android, the logo for Google’s operating system will always include a green robot from now on.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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One Comment

  1. Doesn’t seem to make sense for me, as a big android fan. Been using one since gingerbread (Sony Ericsson Arc S).

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