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Google is changing the way it names different versions of Android. The company is ditching desserts and sweet treats in favor of numbers. Which are obviously simpler and universally understood. Which means Android Q is officially Android 10.
Android’s Sweet Naming Convention
Android has been with us since 2007, and made its debut on the HTC Dream in 2008. And aside from the alpha and beta, all versions since have been named after desserts or sweet treats. We’ve had Cupcake, Eclair, Gingerbread, KitKat, Lollipop, and Oreo, amongst others.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Android ….. 10
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) August 22, 2019
Google has been working its way through the alphabet, and the most recent stable release was Android Pie. However, all versions of Android have also been numbered, and Android Pie is officially known as Android 9.0. Which leads us nicely onto…
Android Q Is Android 10
During development, the next version of Android has been known as Android Q. And there has been much speculation over what dessert Google was going to use as the name. After all, there aren’t many sweet treats whose names begin with Q.
So, as explained on The Keyword, Google has decided to call Android Q “Android 10”. There’s no amusing nickname, it’s just Android 10. And this signals the end of Google naming Android after desserts and sweet treats, so the next version will be Android 11.
Google’s reasoning for this is that the names don’t always translate well. While everyone who speaks English will understand what Lollipop means and how to pronounce it, in other languages Lollipop may be unpronounceable or unfathomable.
Google has also tweaked the Android branding. The name has changed color, from green to black, and the letters are slimmer and easier to read. The name will also now be accompanied by the Android robot, but just the head, with the body removed.
How to Speed Up Your Old Android
So, Android Q is Android 10, and it will be numbers all the way from now on. And while it’s a shame to lose the fun names, numbering the new versions of Android should make it easier for users to know what version of Android their phone is running.
The way Google names or numbers the different versions of Android obviously doesn’t make much difference to users. However, how well your phone is operating does make a difference, so here are some ways to speed up an older Android device.