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Google is a Troll, So They Put an Octopus in Android O

Google can be such a troll. In the latest developer preview of Android O, they replaced the previous O-shaped easter egg with one of a floating/swimming octopus. Obviously, octopus begins with an O, so many are thinking Android O is really Android Octopus.

Here’s a closer look at the hidden element.


Source: Rich Woods (Twitter)


But this doesn’t make sense. Google has famously released new versions of Android under the names of tasty desserts (e.g. Android L was Lollipop, M was Marshmallow, N was Nougat), and octopus certainly isn’t a sugary treat. Therefore, we could assume one of two things in this case: either Google is steering away from dessert branding for Android, or they’re simply trolling everyone into thinking O really stands for Octopus.

Of course, Octopus would be literally the perfect name for this release of Android, at least in my mind. For one, octopus beings with O. I mentioned this already. But octopi also have eight tentacles, a number that corresponds to the version number of Android O. Therefore, this name could be the most genius thing the company has ever done.

That is if they’re not trolling everyone.

I don’t know, I can’t really say whether Google is just lying in this case or not. For now, we’ll have to wait until Android 8.0 O is released later next month. At this point, I wouldn’t place any bets on Google’s trolling abilities that are clearly present.


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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