No more desserts: Google breaks 10-year-old tradition, officially names latest OS, Android 10
The tech giant also updated its logo, changing the colour from green to black.
In a blogpost, the tech giant said it was changing the way it named its OS releases to make it simpler for the global community.
"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," Google said in the statement.
While Android Lollipop, Pie or Marshmallow resonated with users in certain parts of the world, Google said it realised 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'.
However, the decision to switch from dessert names wasn't just about the dishes being recognised globally. Google said the names also made it harder for new Android users, who are unfamiliar with the naming convention, to understand if their phone is running the latest version.
Add to these reasons, the fact that 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," Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android said in the statement.
Android Q will be called #Android10. As a global operating system, it’s important that the release names are clear… https://t.co/ie6juwZ7vp— Android (@Android) 1566483099000
The company also clarified that while there were many tempting 'Q' desserts to choose from, they felt that 'at version 10 and 2.5 billion active devices, it was time to make this change'.
The version of the OS, unveiled at Google's annual I/O developer conference in May, was initially being referred to as Android Q.
The move by the tech giant sent Twitter into a tizzy. Xiaomi India boss Manu Kumar Jain called it the end of an era.
#Android10 is official.. This marks the end of an era! What amazing yummy names in the past Cupcake, Donut, E… https://t.co/o2ifqgaOD3— #MiFan Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) 1566485096000
Despite Google's claims that there are numerous desserts starting with Q to choose from, not all of Twitterati was convinced.
I think Android Q is just 10 because, they can't think of a Q dessert.— Kevin Nether (@TechNinjaSpeaks) 1566483077000
Android Q will be called #Android10. Here's a quick trip down memory lane... Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Ginger… https://t.co/TvKwBStWA6— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) 1566490173000
Google also updated its logo, changing the colour from green to black. The company, who last updated the logo and brand colour in 2014, said it found that the green was hard to read, especially for people with visual impairments.
The updated logo will be rolled out in the coming weeks.