Google is changing the branding of their Android operating system, dropping the candy and confectionary-oriented names for the mobile OS. Google upcoming new version of Android, introduced on May 7 as “Android Q” will be called Android 10.
In an announcement about the rebranding, Google shared the reasoning behind the changes.
“Our engineering team has always used internal code names for each version, based off of tasty treats, or desserts, in alphabetical order,” said Google. “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 says the naming convention up til now confused new Android users that were not familiar with the naming convention. Some users didn’t know for sure if they were running the latest version.
“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,” said Google. “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 final release of Android 10 is coming “in the next few weeks,” says Google. At this point in time, it isn’t known which device models will be compatible with the new version.