Know Why Google Names Its Androids After Desserts

As we can noticeably see, that all the diverse versions of the Android OS are as per the alphabetical orders and all are linked with desserts like Cup Cake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice-cream Sandwich, Jellybean, Kitkat and now Lollipop. But are there any reasons behind this?

Well there is no definite reason as to why Google names its Android versions after desserts. Google itself does not give away any details about it. It began as an inside joke of the brand. But while releasing Android 4.4 Kitkat, they came up clarifying that since Android OS powers over 1 million smartphones and tablets, these devices have made their lives very sweet and hence each version is coined after a dessert.

Let’s take a tour of Google’s history of naming each version of the system after sweet treats:

Android V1.6 or Donut


Released in September 2009, it fixed reboot errors in the OS as well as redecorated camera and video features and bettered search optimization. It also added support for a turn-by-turn navigation feature and a larger screen size.

Android 2.0 or Eclair


It was released in January 2010. Added features included multi-touch support, Bluetooth 2.1 support, live wallpapers, flash and digital zoom for the camera and more.

Android 2.2 or Froyo


Froyo mostly enhanced speed by taking up Javascript “just-in-time” compiler engine from the Google browser “Chrome”, as well as advanced the browser support by adding Flash 10.1 plug-in support, animated GIF support, along with Wi-Fi Hotspot and USB tethering.

Android 2.3 or Gingerbread


Introduced in 2010, Gingerbread backs up support for gyroscope and other sensors, SIP internet calling support for more than one camera, download manager, some tweaks to authenticate usage on Tablets, and other system level tweaks for programmers.

Android 3.0 or Honeycomb

optimized-gvamThe UI introduced a fresh pattern for navigation, interaction, customization, and made them accessible to all applications — even those which were constructed for earlier versions of the platform.

Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich


Android 4.0 delivers an advanced, integrated UI for phones and tablets and introduces ground-breaking features for users and developers. It also made multitasking easier.

Android 4.3 or Jelly Bean


CaptureThis one provides unique features like restricted profiles, dial pad auto complete, making way for wearable technology by introducing Bluetooth smart ready, notification access, native local language support, Open GL ES 3.0 for gaming junkies, location accuracy features via Wi-Fi scan only mode and a new camera UI.

Android 4.4 or KitKat



KitKat first appeared on Google’s Nexus 5 on October 31, 2013, and has been enhanced to run on a greater range of devices than earlier Android versions. However, you need a minimum of 512 MB of RAM for KitKat.

Android 5.0 or Lollipop



With this current version, notifications can now be seen on the lock screen as cards, and “heads up” notifications can also be displayed as large banners across the top of the screen, along with their respective action buttons. Lollipop also targets to improve battery consumption patterns through a series of optimizations under “Project Volta”.

Just like Intel names its CPUs after rivers, so are Google’s Androids named after desserts. Well, the next version would start with an M most probably? Just to let you’ll know, Marshmallow is currently in a state of developer preview.

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by techtalks @TechTalks September 28, 2015 10:10 AM UTC


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