End of an era: For better understanding Google shelves dessert names

Android Q which is set to release in the coming weeks will be known as Android 10


Tech Desk August 31, 2019
Android Q is now called Android 10. PHOTO: REUTERS

Google recently announced in a blog that they will be replacing Android’s dessert names such as Pie, Oreo, Nugget etc into numbers, like Android Q which is set to release in the coming weeks will now be known as Android 10.

According to the search engine giant, “while dessert names were fun, they weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community.” This problem led to Google ending a decade of dessert names for its mobile operating system.

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Furthermore, the tech giant added that numerals are more wide-ranging than dessert names for a number of reasons: it’s easier to understand by non-English speaking users who aren’t familiar with certain desserts and it is less challenging for new Android users who don’t know which version they are using on their devices.

"For example, L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages," says Google.

"So when some people heard us say Android Lollipop out loud, it wasn’t intuitively clear that it referred to the version after KitKat."

Therefore, it’s simpler to understand that that Android 11 comes after Android 10.

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Apart from changing Google dessert names for Android, Google is working its own “Robot” font that will have rounder glyph and made changes by tweaking the eyes lower, extending its antennae, and changing to a darker green color.

Simpler names for Android such as Android 10 will make user understanding less challenging than being tied in remembering complicated dessert names such as Android Quiche or Android Quince whatever Google would have decided to name its new mobile OS.

This article originally appeared on Mashable 

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