07 August 2020
If you are someone who is not new to the Android ecosystem, you must be aware of the tradition where Google used to name new Android versions based on desserts. It followed the tradition from the first version and until Android 9.0 in 2018 which was named Pie. The decision to end the naming custom was announced last year but as it turns out, Google is still following the approach at least internally.
Dave Burke, VP of Engineering for Android, has announced that Google is referring to Android 11 as Red Velvet Cake (RVC) internally. He made the revelation in the latest episode of All About Android podcast. The aforementioned dessert name is used by the development team including engineers for referring to the upcoming OS version internally.
It should be noted that the dessert codename is strictly meant for internal purposes. As and when Google will make the next Android version available for the public, it will simply be known as Android 11. It is currently available for beta testers as the team works on making it ready for prime time.
For the uninitiated ones, Google decided to kill the dessert naming tradition as they are not always understood by everyone around the world. This makes sense as dessert names are usually limited to a particular region and people from other parts are unfamiliar to the name. Another reason is that it becomes difficult for new Android users to differentiate which Android version is newer.