Throughout the years, Google would mark each major Android update with the name of a dessert. They said that the names were a reference to how much sweeter Android made users’ lives. This came with the added fun of trying to guess the next dessert name before the reveal.
Google dropped that tradition with Android 10, which would have been the letter Q. Based on a recent leak, we now know that the tradition still lives on, just internally with Google as opposed to with public releases. A recent tweet shows some of the internal code in Android 13, revealing that it would have been called Android 13 Tiramisu
The name Android 13 Tiramisu showed up in some internal code
It seems really weird to be talking about Android 13 when Android 12 is not even officially out yet, but this shows that this tradition is not dead. It was always a talking point what the next dessert would be. The company even held a big reveal event to unveil Oreo.
Now, having skipped Q, R, and S, Google appeared to be done with the whole matter. However, in the code, we see that Google has been holding out on us. In the first screenshot, we see the name Tiramisu at the top. For those who are curious, tiramisu is a traditional Italian espresso-flavored cake.
In the second screenshot, we also see the name. Above it, however, we see what looks like the codename for Android 12. It’s simply referred to as Android “S.” If that’s indeed the codename for Android 12, it brings into question why Google chose to use the S for Android 12, but a full name for Android 13.
This is hopefully a sign that Google may be planning on bringing the dessert names back. Though it’s unlikely. It added a certain flair that other operating systems just didn’t have. Now, the software versions sound as clinical as iOS versions. Hopefully, Google will call it Android 13 Tiramisu next year.
But now, let’s talk about Android 12
Andriod 12 is pretty much done and ready to officially launch. With it, we will see some welcome changes and additions to the software experience. Some of the top features include the ability to use apps while they are downloading. After the app has downloaded the most crucial files, you will be able to start the app while the other files are being downloaded and installed.
The Privacy Dashboard is a neat feature if you really care about your app permissions. This is a central hub where you can see which permissions are being used by your apps. This will give you the ability to shut off additional permissions when needed.
The software will also tell you when the camera or microphone is being used by an app. There will be an indicator that will let you know if either the camera or microphone is being used. It’s going to be a full year before we see Android 13 Tiramisu, so while we wait for that, Android 12 should keep us occupied.