Google is moving away from its traditional naming convention for Android after years. If you have been following tech news at all, you are probably aware that Google’s new versions of Android come with the name of a dessert or sweet treats every year.
And at version 10 of Android, Google is now moving away from the naming convention. The company’s upcoming Android release, Android Q, will simply be called Android 10.
Google says the company wants to make the name of Android updates understandable across the world, and names of desserts weren’t the best way of doing that. And so, it’s simply switching to the version number for each release. “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,” the company wrote.
Google also stated that users who aren’t familiar with the naming convention — which is probably the majority of Android users — were finding it difficult to understand whether their phone is running the latest version. Version numbers are a really simple way of addressing that problem.
Along with the new naming convention for Android releases, Google is also rebranding the Android brand. The main “android” text has changed from green to black, and the logo itself now has the popular Android robot, in green. Google says the new logo is meant to improve accessibility, and the new set of color combinations will improve contrast.
Personally, I think this is a brilliant change. I have never really been a fan of the dessert naming convention — it was kind of exciting in the beginning, but it’s come to a point now where finding out the name of the next Android release isn’t really that exciting. Calling the latest release Android 10 is much more of a neat way of doing things, and this new brand identity is pretty slick, too.