About a week ago, Google revealed the last name for the next version of Android and to everyone’s surprise (and some disappointment), it was not a dessert. We knew that the later version of Android 9 Pie would be Android 10 Q, but Google has decided to end the dessert naming convention and simply call it – Android 10. While there was a lot of speculation for the dessert ‘Q’, Which stood for VP of Android. Rumors have been laid to rest at the end of engineering. Android Q was publicly called Queen Cake and internally, it was named Quison Tart.
Google’s Dave Burke, VP of Engineering for Android and Software Engineer, Dan Sadler, was the guest of a recent episode of All About Android on Android YouTube. Talking about Android’s new redesign, Burke mentioned how Android started “without a huge amount of thought” and that was usually the theme of the platform – starting with the simplest thing and continuing to improve after that keep. But the main reason for changing the naming convention to just the number from the sweets’ names is that based on the response, most of the dessert names were “not globally reliable”.
For Q, the list of sweets’ names was mostly “foreign”, and their importance would have been lost to many around the world. Burke also dismissed the rumor that the teams did not go with the number because they could not come up with a name. In fact, he says that if it had been on him, he would have been called Queen Cake. It does not appear to be a very popular dessert and is probably the best that Google has decided to omit the names of sweets since 10.
Burke also revealed that 10’s internal name was Quince Tart, and thus the ‘qt’ codename exists in Android 10’s AOSP build. Sadler stated that they would keep a codename internally for later versions of Android.
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Android 10 also comes with a refreshed logo with Android robot sitting on top. The color has also been changed from green to black for better visibility. This is a small change, but Google found that reading green was difficult, especially for people with visual impairment. The new version will be operational for Pixel devices starting September 3. What’s more, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro are said to receive this update on the same day, which will be some of the first non-pixel devices to get. Same day as Google’s new version of Android.