Google’s cutesy era of naming versions of its mobile operating system after desserts is over.
The company insists it has nothing to do with the fact there are no desserts that begin with the letter Q, which is where they’re up to now.
Google’s Sameer Samat, head of Android product management and hater of desserts, spoke to The Verge about it:
“We’re going to deal with that skepticism,” he says. Google’s actual reason for switching the naming, he says, isn’t that Q is hard, but rather that desserts aren’t very inclusive. “We have some good names, but in each and every case they leave a part of the world out,” he argues. Android is a global brand, used by more people in India and Brazil than in the US, so going with an English word for the dessert leaves some regions out.
Pie isn’t always a dessert, “lollipop” can be hard to pronounce in some regions, and “marshmallows aren’t really a thing in a lot of places,” Samat says. Numbers, at least, are universal.
This, I can tell you, will have a dramatic effect on Android’s 2 billion users. Which is to say, most won’t notice, and the rest won’t care.