As per Google, this decision was taken after receiving feedback from fans and users.
Every year, Google rolls out new iteration of its mobile OS, Android. One of the most fun thing about the entire process was the names of these operating systems as they were all named after desserts. However now, as Google is all set to release Android Q, it has ended the decade-long tradition as the latest mobile OS will roll out as simply Android 10. If we take a look at the route ahead, the new OS will be named as Android 11, Android 12, and so on.
As per Google, this decision was taken after receiving feedback from fans and users. As per the review, these names of desserts could not be comprehended by everyone around the world and only added to all the confusion. Hence, it was decided that the company would only name the Android iterations as per the different versions so that it would be relatable to everyone.
“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,” said Google in a blog post.
Now that the company has decided to do away with the long-standing practice, we take a look at the different names of the iterations – Android Pie, Android Oreo, Android Nougat, Android Marshmallow, Android Lollipop, Android KitKat, Android Jelly Bean, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Android Honeycomb, Android Gingerbread, Android Froyo, Android Éclair, Android Donut, and Android Cupcake.
Do you think it is a good idea to stop the practice?