Categories: Android

Google rebrands Android, ditches dessert names, adopts numbers

After 10 years and more than 2.5 billion active devices around the world, Alphabet Inc.’s Google has decided it was time for Android to get a facelift, and we’re not referring to the user interface, but rather the branding surrounding the popular operating system.

Google announced that starting with the release of the next version, Android Q, it will no longer use dessert names to refer to the version of the platform, as it did from the very beginning to today. The next version of Android, following Android 9 Pie, will simply be Android 10, which will be followed by Android 11. This is pretty much in line with every other operating system out there, Google basically ditching what was unique about its Android branding, because it says for some users “t wasn’t intuitively clear” what version they were running.

Google is also changing the logo of the platform adopting a more modern look, according to the blog post, with the green robot getting a different shade of green, and the Android text becoming black. Google will start using the new logo and general branding in the coming weeks, with the final release of Android 10.

We’ll leave you with the updated logo just below a reminder of all the tasty desserts some of you might have used in the past.

Code name Version no. Release date
No Codename 1.0 September 23, 2008
Petit Four 1.1 February 9, 2009
Cupcake 1.5 April 27, 2009
Donut 1.6 September 15, 2009
Eclair 2.0 – 2.1 October 26, 2009
Froyo 2.2 – 2.2.3 May 20, 2010
Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.7 December 6, 2010
Honeycomb 3.0 – 3.2.6 February 22, 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 – 4.0.4 October 18, 2011
Jelly Bean 4.1 – 4.3.1 July 9, 2012
KitKat 4.4 – 4.4.4 October 31, 2013
Lollipop 5.0 – 5.1.1 November 12, 2014
Marshmallow 6.0 – 6.0.1 October 5, 2015
Nougat 7.0 – 7.1.2 August 22, 2016
Oreo 8.0 – 8.1 August 21, 2017
Pie 9.0 August 6, 2018
10 10.0 2019

Anton D. Nagy @antondnagy

Anton is the Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow. As publication leader, he aims to bring Pocketnow even closer to you. His vision is mainly focused on, and oriented towards, the audience. Anton’s ambition, adopted by the entire team, is to transform Pocketnow into a reference media outlet.

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