Google’s Biggest Android Rebrand

Google announced on Thursday that a number of changes will come to the Android operating system, starting with the dessert codenames it gives new releases.

As far back as 2010, Google has always named every new Android release after dessert. You’d probably still remember the likes of Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and of course the game changer Kit-Kat for most smartphones, but these are no more.

Instead of Android Q receiving a dessert codename like the previous releases, it’ll simply be called Android 10.

Google notes that the change is essentially due to how some letters, like L and R, are almost in some languages.

“So when some people heard us say Android Lollipop out loud, it wasn’t intuitively clear that it referred to the version after KitKat,” Google adds in a blog post.

Google further stated that “it’s even harder for new Android users, who are unfamiliar with the naming convention, to understand if their phone is running the latest version.”

Another tweak that comes with the rebrand is the icon, typeface, and color.

The rebrand will be rolled out globally in the “coming weeks” ahead of Android 10’s official launch and debut on smartphones and other devices.

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