Google isn’t saying that it was just too damned hard to come up with a pronounceable dessert that begins with Q. Rather, it’s saying that this development was a long time coming, as the rest of the world was sometimes confused with U.S.-centric branding. As Google explains: “Pies are not a dessert in some places, and that marshmallows, while delicious, are not a popular treat in many parts of the world.”
Its awfully coincidental that the naming change is being implemented when one of the hardest letters in alphabet rolls along. And while R, S, and T would have been easy, U, V, and Z are no picnic either. So Google cut its losses and dumped the whole thing.
Once Android 10 lands in a few weeks, we’ll all get over it, of course, but deserting the desserts is sure to be a sad day for longtime Android fans. While there was technically never an “A” or a “B” version (at least as far as we know), Android 1.5 started the ball rolling with Cupcake, followed by Donut, Eclair, and Froyo, and leading all the way up to last year’s Pie.
Along with the name change, Google is also tweaking Android’s logo to give it a “more modern, accessible look.” The letters in the logo are no longer green, and classic robot head makes an appearance in an official capacity.
Android 10 will be rolling out to Pixel phones and other early devices “in the coming weeks,” bringing dark mode and changes to gesture navigation, among other tweaks and features.
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Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC—the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard for swapping out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.