It’s never too early to start speculating about what Google’s going to name the next version of Android. And with Google I/O just a few weeks away, we figured it was a good enough time to check in on what everyone’s thinking.
After we posted our first look at Android P’s developer beta last month, we got a ton of comments from people speculating on the new name. Popular guesses included:
There were also some one-offs, including Pop Rocks, Pringles, Pop-Tart, and Pez.
Ever since Android C was given the name Cupcake in 2009, Google has named each new release of its operating system after some kind of sweet or dessert, moving on to the next letter of the alphabet. The current version of Android is Oreo, so the next is Android P.
It’s pretty safe to assume that a lot of those guesses — Potato, Pizza — are jokes and definitely won’t be happening. But pretty much everything else is fair game. Pie is a nice option; it even allows for some alliteration (Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie), though I’m guessing Google won’t want to go with “PP” for the new version’s initials.
Popsicle is also a solid guess, but it’s actually a brand name, not a generic term. Google has used brand names in the past, but I don’t know that Popsicle is iconic enough to be worth the effort.
Personally, I kind of like Pop-Tart, assuming it’s allowed to be used as a generic. I know plenty of coffee shops and bakeries sell their own pop-tarts, but it’s definitely better known as a brand name. My dad also texted me to guess “panna cotta,” which I like, and also to say that he had no idea what we were guessing.
Android P is already available in beta to developers, and chances are, we’ll learn about more consumer-facing features at Google’s I/O conference on May 8th. That’s around the time we’re likely to start seeing public betas come out, too. Google doesn’t usually announce a name for its operating system until its final public release is ready — recently in the fall — but it has started to tease options earlier in the past.
So what are you thinking? Let us know in the comments.
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