With every new release of Android, Google has associated some sort of sweet treat with it. From Cupcake to Pie, each Android version has had an associated dessert title for quick reference to a past release of the operating system. It was also fun to see what Google would come up with for each new version of the OS, with this year’s Q release being specifically interesting simply for the reason that there aren’t very many desserts that start with Q.
Unfortunately, we’ll never know what google may have come up with for Android Q as the company has confirmed it’s permanently ditching dessert names for new releases of Android starting this year. That means Android Q will now be called Android 10.
The company said in a blog post that one of the main reasons for the departure from dessert names has to do with inclusivity. Not every treat the company has named a version of Android after is available in every region around the globe. To eliminate confusion and exclusivity, the company decided switching to a number-based version system would be ideal.
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.
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.
To coincide with today’s Android 10 announcement, Google is also unveiling a fresh logo for the OS complete with an updated version of the famous Android robot.
So yeah, we got a new Android logo and version name confirmation, but we’re losing dessert naming schemes. I’m not sure how I should feel about that. I miss the days when I’d place bets with my sister, we’d write down potential names, and see who came out on top around the end of August.
I kinda wish we placed bets this year. Because I know we’d both be wrong.
I’d like to finish this article with this amazing paragraph written by my fellow pun master Mr. Dieter Bohn at The Verge. Please read this and enjoy.
After a quarter of quiet, the quintessence of Android’s brand has quickly changed without quarrel, resolving a quandary and quitting the quixotic quest to pull a Q dessert out of the quiver. Google won’t quaver on the decision to move away from desserts, which answers a quadrillion querulous questions about the names. Google has decided it is a quaint tradition that needed to be quite quashed — or at least quelled. Instead, the codename will be quarantined inside Google, so I have qualms and feel queasy about the quantity of quips that will queue up quoting the Android source code in an attempt to quibble that the dessert names still qualify as real. It all seems like a quagmire, but at least qualitatively, the new naming scheme is less quirky.