Google has officially named the next version of Android, which is due to be released this fall: Android 10. Breaking the 10-year history of naming releases after desserts, the company is bailing on providing a codename beginning with a subsequent letter of the alphabet (in this case, Q), which is the way we’ve been referring to Android up to now. This year is Android 10, next year will be Android 11, and so on.
Google said the Android names had started to become confusing for users in some parts of the world, where things like ‘Pie’ are not considered sweets, or tastes like ‘Marshmallow’ are unpopular. This also made it difficult for some users to see which version of Android their device was using. A numbering system – as Android’s main rival Apple iOS uses – will be “simpler and more intuitive for our global community”, Google said.
The Android logo was also updated to a “more modern, accessible look” that features the Android robot and the new colours green and black for improved visibility.
The new logo and numbering system will start rolling out with the launch of the final version of Android Q in the coming weeks.