August 24, 2019 By King
Google announces Android Q at I/O event this year. During the announcement, Google announced some features of Android Q but didn’t confirm the official name of the new Android version. After a long wait, the official name of Android Q is now here. On Thursday, Google announced that the new Android version or Android Q will be officially known as Android 10. Yes, for Android Q Google changes its naming strategy. This surprises many.
“We’re changing the way we name our releases. Our engineering team has always used internal code names for each version, based off of tasty treats, or desserts, in alphabetical order. This naming tradition has become a fun part of the release each year externally, too. But we’ve heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community,” The company noted in its official blog post.
Until now, Google named Android versions before desserts. But with Android 10 this has changed. To recollect, it all started with Cupcake and was then followed by many others — Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream, Jellybean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo and last one was, Pie. So, why did Google decide to restructure the naming process of Android? The company simply did so to avoid confusion. Google believes that Android 10 name will be more “clear and relatable” for everyone.
“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,” the company explains.
The company further notes, “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.”
In addition, Google has also changed the look of the Android logo. The company explains the reason behind changing the brand logo and says, “The design of the logo draws inspiration from the most recognizable non-human member of the community, the Android robot. The robot belongs to everyone in the community, and has long been a symbol of the fun and curiosity at the heart of Android. Now, it has a special place in our logo. We also changed the logo from green to black.”