After more than 10 years, Google is letting go off its dessert-themed names for the Android OS and changing it to something everyone can understand — a number.
As cited by the company, the main reason for switching from their traditional names to a number is that a lot of these names were inspired by desserts, which aren’t universally available or even known and could cause confusion among old as well as new users who aren’t aware of the nomenclature. This naming scheme makes it harder for a considerable percentage of the user to understand whether their device is running a newer or older version of Android.
“As we continue to build Android for everyone in the community, our brand should be as inclusive and accessible as possible—and we think we can do better in a few ways,” Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android announced.
“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. As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world. So, this next release of Android will simply use the version number and be called Android 10.”
Currently, there are about 2.5 billion active Android devices worldwide and in order to cater to the global customer-base, Google has decided to change the theme of Android OS’ names from desserts to numbers — same as Apple does for iOS.
This makes it two changes made by Google for Android that bring it closer to Apple’s iOS.
We reported earlier today that Google rolled out an update, which brought cosmetic changes for the Play Store. While Google says that the redesign aligns with the company’s Material design language, it’s hard to miss the influence of Apple or more specifically the iOS App Store’s design language. The new navigation menu, as well as the cleaner interface and uniform app icons, makes the Play Store look much similar to the App Store on iPhone and iPads.