We had eagerly been waiting on Google to announce which dessert it has chosen as the official name for the next iteration of Android, i.e Android Q. And well, it may come as a shocker to many but it didn’t pick any this time around. Google today took to its official blog post to reveal that Android Q will officially be called Android 10.
Google has decided to finally put an end to the tradition of naming its Android releases after sweet desserts. It will no longer use the dessert codename for Android and is now going to go ahead with a numeral release pattern going forward. This means the next Android release will officially be called Android 10 (codename Android Q) and the one following it will be called Android 11 (codename Android R).
Talking about the change, which may be saddening for some as we have now come to associate a new Android release with alphabetical desserts in order, Google justifies its ideology saying, “This naming tradition has become a fun part of the release each year externally. But, we’ve heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community. “
While true, dessert names for releases in alphabetical order could be confusing in some languages, the possible reasoning for the change could also be the lack of a commonly known dessert with the letter Q. Google further justifies the change by saying that new users find it difficult to understand “if their phone is running the latest version” so it has decided to make the naming more inclusive.
TL;DR: Android will now use a numerical naming scheme. New Android release is called Android 10. So long, dessert names. You will be missed.
New Android Branding
In addition to the official name reveal for Android Q, the company has also overhauled the Android branding with a new logo, brand color, and wordmark. Google says that new Android logo makes it more ‘modern and accessible’ to the masses. The green color of the logo has now been traded out for black, a visual change which is justified as being easy to read by everyone – especially those with visual impairments.
Like always, the Android robot is still an essential part of the Android logo. Google in the blog post says, “The design of the logo draws inspiration from the most recognizable non-human member of the community, the Android robot.”
The revamped Android logo and branding will start rolling out to the users with the official release of Android 10 in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information. Until then, tell us whether you’re happy that Google gave up its dessert obsession or not down in the comments section.