Google today announced a change in the Android naming scheme. While the company has named every new version of Android after a dessert, that will no longer be the case going forward, with the company calling Android Q as Android 10.
Google says that it had to take this step with the rising popularity of Android as a brand that is recognizable on a global level. While many people might be aware of Pie in the western part of the world, that might not be the case in other corners of the globe. Then, there’s also the issue that as Google goes down the alphabetical order, it gets difficult to find decent dessert names.
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.
By following a naming scheme that’s similar to what Apple follows with iOS releases, Google has once again proved that Apple was right with the numerical naming scheme for iOS releases.
To go along with the name change, Google has also revealed a new Android logo. It is a small change but one that helps the logo keep up with the times.
What do you think about Google’s new naming scheme for Android? Do you think the company should have continued with the dessert naming scheme despite branding issues?