[German]The upcoming Android version, developed by Google under the code name Android Q, will be simply called Android 10. So Google is going to end naming new Android versions with the name of desserts or sweets. Android also gets a new logo.
I confess, I was already worried. In recent months I’ve updated two Android books targeting older people. Suddenly I noticed that I could no longer distinguish between the Android versions and their codenames. Was Oreo now Android 7 or 8? And which Android version stands for Nougat? The thought was there: I’m getting old. I’m forgetting the ‘simplest things like Android code names’. But then I thought ‘what the heck, who care about that?’ – nobody got an advantage, if it’s known that Oreo stands for Android 8 for example. Just just the Android version number to distinct the devices. Google also seems to came to the same conclusion.
In this article, the Google Blog has revealed the secret of what the new Android might be called. Android Q will simply be named as Android 10. Google justifies the change in naming strategy with the danger of confusion. The technical team has always used internal code names for each version. These names are based on treats or desserts and have been assigned in alphabetical order. This naming tradition has also become a fun part of the publication every year, because of the speculations about the next Android version.
Google’s developer have received feedback over the years that the names have not always been understood by everyone in the global community. For example, L and R are indistinguishable when spoken in some languages. So it wasn’t intuitively clear to what it KitKat is referencing to. For new Android users who are unfamiliar with the naming convention, it is even harder to understand if their phone is running the latest version.
The Google developers also realized that cakes aren’t dessert in some places and that marshmallows aren’t popular in many parts of the world. As a global operating system, it is important that its name is clear and understandable worldwide. Therefore, the next version of Android will simply use the version number and be called Android 10.
New Logos look for the brand
The Android brand has evolved over time. As early as 2014, Google updated the Android logo and brand color. This year, Google is introducing a more modern, accessible look.
(Android-Logo, Source: Google)
The design of the logo was inspired by the most famous non-human member of the community, the Android robot. The robot belongs to everyone in the community and has long been a symbol of the fun and curiosity at the heart of Android. Now it has a special place in our logo.
Google has also changed the logo from green to black. The background is that the green was hard to read, especially for people with visual impairments. The logo is often combined with colours that make it difficult to see, so a new range of colour combinations has been developed to improve contrast.