Say Goodbye To Desserts: Android Q Becomes Android 10

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For months, we all wondered what Google might name Android Q. Seeing as there aren’t a whole lot of dessert names that start with “Q”.

Well, Google solved that issue. It dropped “Q” and is simply calling it, “Android 10”.

This represents a big change for Google, and with Android 10, it seemed like a good time to make that change. Since Android was acquired by Google, with Android 1.5, it has been given dessert nicknames. From Cupcake to Pie. Now with Android Q, it’s just simply, Android 10. It’s definitely going to take some getting used too.

Why the change from desserts?

As Google mentions in its blog post announcing this change, and it basically comes down to the fact that these desserts weren’t immediately understood by everyone around the world.


Google uses an example like Lollipop. The letter L is not distinguishable when spoken in some languages. So when someone said “Android Lollipop”, it wasn’t immediately clear that it was the version after KitKat.

Google also says that it is even harder for newer Android users to figure out if their phone is running the latest version of Android, particularly if they are not familiar with Google’s naming convention for Android. Not to mention the fact that Pies and Marshmallows are not desserts everywhere.

The search giant says that as a “global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone around the world.” Which means that starting with Android Q, it will be a numbered version only. Hence, Android 10. Google also says that at “version 10 and 2.5 billion active devices, it was time to make this change.”

Now with this change, Google has taken the fun out of what the next version of Android might be called. Since we all know now it’ll be Android 10, then Android 11 next year.


There’s also a change in the “Android” Logo

Google is also making some changes to the Android logo, with this announcement. It now has a bit more color, and looks more modern. Google says that the “design of the logo draws inspiration from the most recognizable non-human member of the community, the Android robot.”

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Android Logo, 2019

The logo has now been changed from green to black. The search giant says that it’s a small change, but one that was needed.

Many found that the green color was hard to read, especially for those that were visually impaired. Not to mention the fact that it is often paired with colors that made it hard to see. But black makes it easier to read, and it also improves the contrast.

The new logo actually looks really good, and much more modern than the old green logo that it had been using.


These rebrandings from Google were needed for Android, and it also shows that the operating system has grown up.