Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Gingerbread…Marshmallow, we’ve all come to appreciate the new tasty treat that Google serves up every year which represents a new version of Android. What we’ve all done previously is wait for Google to choose then announce the name, but next year it could be us choosing the name of the next version of Android.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai on a visit to India has addressed college and school students, raised the topic of the name of the next version of Android and said ‘Google may organise an online poll to choose the name of the next Android release’ he further added, given his audience ‘And if all Indians vote, I think we can make (an Indian name) it happen’.
Based on the last couple of years, we’re likely to see Android N in at least developer preview builds at Google I/O in mid-2016, before being released with new Nexus device(s) around October/November, with the name of the version being announced a little before when the new Android Lawn statue show up at the Googleplex.
So, what should it be? There’s a number of tasty treats starting with the letter N that could be picked up for the next version of Android, ranging from licensed properties such as we saw with Android 4.4 – Kitkat, such as Nutella, Nutter Butter’s(a biscuit), Nerds or more likely into a generic dessert such as Nougat (probably a front-runner at this stage), Napolean (a French pastry) or more palatable to Australians after missing out on Android Lamington is Neenish Tart.
There’s no guarantee this wasn’t a throw-away line from Mr Pichai, but it would be interesting to see some sort of a community driven name for the next version of Android.
What’s your thoughts on the name for Android N – and what version will it be?