What Will Be The Codenames Of The Next Android Versions?

Yaara Lancet 13-10-2011

future android os namesAfter a long, stubborn struggle to hold on to my trusty Nokia 6070, I finally gave up and started using an old Android device that was lying around in the house. As much as I believe smartphones to be too addictive The Smartphone Syndrome: Are We Becoming Too Addicted To Our Phones For Our Own Good? [Opinion] Let me start by saying that this is not a rant against smartphones, or a call for everyone to go back to Nokia 6070s. I think smartphones are basically awesome and I have nothing against... Read More , I must admit that the Android operating system stole my heart right away. The endless ways to customize it, the flexibility of it, the cool “I spoon Nutella” wallpaper that I found – it’s a totally different experience than I’ve had on my iPad (which I also love to bits, don’t get me wrong).


One of the things I’ve always liked about Android, even before I had the phone, were the version codenames. I think they’re brilliant, and had I owned something like Android I would do the exact same thing for names. What could be better than desserts? But several questions arise – why are there no A and B names? What could they have been? And what are the future Android OS names going to be? Curious? Me too. So here is a list of the best names I think Android could choose for their next versions. Time will tell if I’m right or not!

What We’ve Had Up Till Now

So far, Android has had names from C to I – Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb & Ice Cream Sandwich. These are all awesome names, in my opinion. Especially the last one. But what happened to A and B? There were two earlier versions before Cupcake, but they didn’t have the dessert code names yet. So just for the heck of it, here is what I think they should have been:

A: Apple Pie

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B: Bubble Gum

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Strong American symbols to kick off Android’s career in the US and in the world in general. Doesn’t that sound far more interesting than “1.0”?


What The Future Holds

The better the current codenames, the better the new ones have to be. You can’t have an awesome name like Ice Cream Sandwich and then choose something boring like “Jam”. So what would be the best codenames Google could choose for the next Android versions?

J: Jellybean

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K: Kaiser Roll

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It might not be a dessert, but it’s still baked goods, and it sure beats Kosher Pickle (and the boring Key Lime Pie). The Kaiser roll is popular in Europe, which might help Android’s sale figures worldwide.


L: Lollypop

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There are several options in L, but I think Lollypop is hands down the best one. It has a retro feeling to it, and at the same time makes us think of cute kids. Excellent connotations all around!

M: Marzipan

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After the simple and sweet Lollypop, Google might go for something a bit more sophisticated. Marzipan is a delectable almond & sugar candy that is very popular all over the world.


N: Nougat

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O: Orange Marmalade


After several one-word names, Google would want to recreate the Ice Cream Sandwich buzz. A name like Orange Marmalade would be just right for this.

P: Puff Pastry



Q: Quinoa Pudding


Yes, there is such a thing. And this name will aim at all those health-conscious users who might have been repelled by all the sweet desserts. Quinoa is considered to be health food, and making a pudding out of it is one way to prepare a dessert that at least sounds healthy.

R: Red Velvet


S: Sugar Cube


After 16 dessert names, this is finally the real thing. There are many choices for S, but none is better than good old Sugar Cube. After all, isn’t sugar what it’s all about?

T: Toffee


U: Upside-Down Cake


Some might think this lame, but I think it’s brilliant. Letters like U many times call for odd and unfamiliar desserts, but Google would not want too many of those. Everyone knows upside-down cake, and it’s yummy!

V: Vanilla Frosting


W: Whipped Cream


X: ?

X is the sugar substitute and food additive letter. But there’s nothing less attractive than an operating system called Xylitol, Xylose or Xanthan Gum. I don’t believe Google would actually skip X though, that would be giving up. In this case, Google’s executive chef would probably invent a whole new dessert and launch it to coincide with the new version. We can only wait to see what its name would be.

Y: Yellow Cake

After the very exotic X, people would need to relax with something simple and familiar. What’s better than plain old Yellow cake?

Z: Zwieback

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Zwieback are German cookies that are much like Biscotti, even the names mean the same thing: baked twice. This would be an excellent way to end the alphabet. Some people will love the foreign twist, and some would be bored by a word they don’t understand, and will be that much more ready for a whole new game of codenames.

What Next?

So what will happen when it all ends? Will Android still exist, or will they turn into something else to prevent this crisis? Will there ever be such cool codenames after these are done? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I personally plan to keep track of all the next versions and count exactly how many I got right.

Do you have some better ideas for names? Or maybe you think I’m wrong in my assessments? Let us know in the comments!

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    November 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I think -
    8 Oatmeal / Oreo
    9 Pastry/Pudding
    10 ???
    11 Rassgulla
    12 Sweet / Sugar
    13 ???
    14 ???
    15 ???
    16 ???
    18 ???

    • Spencer Peck
      December 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      I think -
      11 Oatmeal
      12 Oreo
      13 Pastry
      14 Pudding
      15 Rassgulla
      16 Sweet Suga
      17 Suga
      18 Sugo
      19 Sugar
      20 Sugor

  2. Ben
    September 4, 2016 at 12:42 am

    I actually thought Q would be the toughest guess.
    Quality street would fit best for the confectionery-themed code names.
    X I didn't find so critical because you can still cheat like "Xtra" "Xtreme" and so on.

  3. MarkCM
    May 7, 2016 at 12:30 am

    My predictions ...

    N - Nutella
    O - Oreo
    P - Pavlova

  4. roll
    February 22, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Ximenia un fruit africain

    Ximenia smoothie snack

  5. Gwenvael Cochevelou
    December 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    how about Kouign Amann for the next one.
    Britain's (west of france) famous cake. already well known by now as one of the usa prefered desert

    • Yaara
      December 16, 2011 at 2:19 am

      Not bad! Never heard of Kouign Amann before, looks yummy. :)

  6. Anonymous
    November 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

    In the early stages of Android development, the plan was (fittingly) to codename the versions after pop culture robots. The first versions were Astro and Bender, but they were never used because of copyright concerns. Instead, Google chose to use a dessert theme and named v1.5 Cupcake.

    • Tina
      November 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks for the insight, Mark!

    • Yaara
      November 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks! That's cool to know. Dessert names are so much better, I'm glad they decided to go for that. :)

  7. PlaGeRaN!
    October 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

    after Z A and B will return with maybe combinated titles? If they have Ice Cream Sandwich already it may just happen. Choc Chip Dip!

  8. curmudgeon
    October 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    a new low in blogging.

    • "X"
      October 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Come on man, it was a great article, the writer really did some thinking about it!

    • Lorelyn
      October 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

      I actually happen to love this article! Very creative. I wondered as well what code names are gonna follow...

      • Yaara
        October 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        Thank you X and Lorelyn! :) 

  9. Me
    October 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    what about Xugar? ;)

  10. Karloson67
    October 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Last version of Android must be "Diabetes Mellitus" :-)))

  11. Suhel
    October 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

    what a crazy article lol

  12. Tsoglani
    October 14, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I think a and b is for when the platform was in alpha and beta. c is the first version available to manufacturers/developers (and funnily enough Consumers)