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Google's Codename For Android 14 Is Rather Silly

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We get it; you’ve barely seen anything solid for Android 13 and we’re talking about Android 14. But, hey, that’s tech for you! According to 9To5Google, Google already has the codename for the version of Android that will launch next year. The name, which we know will have the letter “U” is known internally as Upside Down Cake.

You have to admit that the pool of popular desserts that start with the letter “U” is rather shallow. It’s either this or Android Uncooked Cookie Dough. Regardless, we can’t expect too many people to know about this name. The company isn’t exactly advertising it and building statues like it used to.

If you can’t recall, the first version of Android to get a dessert was Android 1.6 Donut. Since then, we’ve had Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, and Pie. After Android Pie (version 9.0) Google stopped naming the versions after desserts. This leaves Q, R, and S as unknown treats. We know that Android 13 is known internally as Android Tiramisu.

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The codename for Android 14 was found after some digging

People discover all sorts of hidden goodies just by looking at code hidden in plain sight. The codename for Android 14 was discovered after digging through the code for the Android OSP. A user was able to find a change in the code, and that change pointed to the codename for the next version of Android.

Up top, you can see the text Update PLATFORM_VERSION to UP1A. The codename is now UpsideDownCake. This is such a small bit of code, but it shows that Google is currently working on the next version of Android.

You can still get the 2nd developer preview for Android 13

If all this talk of Android 14 is too much, let’s focus on Android 13. Google dropped the second developer preview for Android 13, and people have been discovering a lot of features and changes. We expect the first beta to launch before or during Google I/O. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get the developer preview.

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If you want to get it, you’ll need to get the image file and manually flash it to your phone. That’s a task you only want to do if you’re tech-savvy. Flashing the file incorrectly may result in you bricking your device.