04 September 2019
If you are an Android fan or even a little bit of tech enthusiast, you would be aware that Google likes to name new versions of Android in alphabetical order and inspired by desserts. It has been doing so for over a decade but not anymore. Google has officially announced that it is ditching dessert-based naming scheme for Android and will simply be using numbers going forward.
It means the upcoming Android version which is being referred to as Android Q will officially be known as Android 10. It is the 10th version of the world's biggest smartphone platform and seems like a perfect choice for such a crucial shift. It should be noted that this change is only for the publically used naming system and not for internal codenames which will continue to follow the tradition.
Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management for Android, mentioned in an official blog post that dessert names were not always understood by everyone around the world. It makes sense as particular desserts are popular only in a particular region or culture. It means people outside of the region/culture would not be able to understand the same. Another reason is said to be that new Android users would find it difficult to know if their devices were running the latest version. Here, he is referring to users who are not aware of the naming convention. It means future major Android releases will be known as Android 10, Android 11, Android 12, and so on.
Apart from the naming scheme change, Google is also making changes to Android branding by tweaking the logo and brand color. The iconic Android robot will continue to be a part of the logo but it is the "Android" text which has received the changes. Its font style has been changed and the font color is now Black from Green. It is aimed at making it easier for people to read, especially for visually impaired people and when it is paired with other colors.
Google will start using the new Android branding as soon as Android 10 will be released publically. It has not mentioned any information regarding the same but we are expecting it to happen in the coming weeks.