If there was one thing to love about Android was how the OS came up with confectionary names to associate with each version it comes out with. As every iteration of Android had been desserts in alphabetical order, their next version starts with a Q, and well... there's not a lot of popular desserts that start with the letter Q. But if you think that's the reason why Android Q is now called Android 10, that's not the case.
In fact, VP of Product Sameer Samat told 9to5google in an interview that the global Android team crowdsourced possibilities like Queens Cake and quindim — a custard. But obviously, that already proves a problem as quindim is a popular dessert in Brazil and is not well known across the globe. This is a problem that's already happened with versions already released, where there are countries who do not deem “pie” and “marshmallow” as desserts. It gets even more complicated when the Chinese and Japanese language gets involved, with the confusion of "L" and "R" words to consider in the future.
“One piece of feedback we’ve gotten from users over the years is that the dessert names are not universally understood in different cultures and different languages. Food tends to sometimes be a local thing,” Samat said. As such, Google had decided that they would get a name that would be "equally understandable". As such, they decided to go with numbers instead.
You may think that this marks a decade of Android, but that 10-year distinction actually belongs to Android 9 Pie. A major reason why they went with Android 10 is that the system icon used by internal apps and services is shaped like a “Q,” while also being a combination of 1 and 0. Last year’s OS also marked the dropping of “.0” from the version, which reflected how Google no longer issues point releases after launch.
It's sad that we won't get something cute and creative for Android anymore, but it's a sign that Android is doing their best to be more global and creating a more universal name for all. But Google being Google, we're sure they'll keep the whimsical dessert names within the company.
So err... maybe there's hope for Android Cendol?
For reference, here's a list of what Android names were called in the past:
- Android 1.0 (2008) - No Version Name
- Android 1.1 2009) - Petit Four
- Android 1.5 (2009) - Cupcake
- Android 1.6 (2009) - Donut
- Android 2.0 - 2.1 (2009) - Eclair
- Android 2.2 - 2.2.3 (2010) - Froyo
- Android 2.3 - 2.3.7 (2010) - Gingerbread
- Android 3.0 - 3.2.6 (2011) - Honeycomb
- Android 4.0 - 4.0.4 (2011) - Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1 - 4.3.1 (2012) - Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 - 4.4.4 (2013) - KitKat
- Android 5.0 - 5.1.1 (2014) - Lollipop
- Android 6.0 - 6.0.1 (2015) - Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 - 7.1.2 (2016) - Nougat
- Android 8.0 - 8.1 (2017) - Oreo
- Android 9.0 (2018) - Pie