The upcoming Android Q update has been in the beta phase for quite some time now, and many users have already got a taste of what’s coming. Google is known for naming its major updates after desserts, and choosing one with “Q” posed a difficult task, leading to wild speculations. Today, Google has put those rumours to rest, and announced that the latest Android version will be called Android 10, marking an end of the dessert-based naming scheme.
Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, announced in a blog post that henceforth, Android versions will be named in a sequential manner. This means that the next major update will be called Android 11, then Android 12 and so on. For the last 10 years, it has been a fun and anticipatory custom for Android fans to guess what the next update will be called, and official announcements were always a celebratory moment. However, Google has clarified its stance on changing the naming system, saying that this will make release names simpler to understand, and more inclusive for Android’s global community.
“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,” Samat said in the blog post.
The naming convention isn’t the only change to Android, as the operating system now has a brand new logo too. The ever-popular Android Robot is now a part of the logo and the text is in black instead of green. Samat clarified that green was hard to see for people with visual defects like colour blindness, and black will be easier to spot because of the enhanced contrast.
While the new naming convention is simpler, the end of dessert-based Android releases is certainly bittersweet. What do you think?