In the world of technology,the kind of naming conventions chosen by software
companies is something that will always ignite the curiosity of most consumers and
fans.Especially at the moment when they are about to make a new release,a lot of
fans usually go all out to guess the new name and this can be exciting for both the
companies and their fans.But surprisingly, most of Android’s fans are yet to know that
Google chose to name their software releases after food just as Intel name all its
CPUs after rivers.
Anyway,I must admit that the Google’s Android division certainly has a sense of humor
as it named all its version codenames after desserts. Maybe the reason they chose this
kind of alphabetical naming convention is to accentuate the sweetness of their
versions or why would they choose “tasty treats”? So, what are the different versions
of Android OS and the desserts associated with them? Let’s go over the previous
versions and their codenames.
Android 1.5 Codename Cupcake
Apparently, Android 1.5 is not the first version but the versions before it (1.0 and 1.1)
were not codenamed so that is why we are starting from the version. Cupcake is a
small cake baked in a cup-sized container and typically iced.
Android 1.6 Codenamed Donut
This version was released in September 2009 with added features such as Bluetooth
2.1 support,flash and digital zoom for the camera, multi touch support and more.The
codename “Donut” is a small fried cake of sweetened dough, typically in the shape of
a ball or ring.
Android 2.0 / 2.1 Codenamed Eclair
Android 2.0 was released in October 2009 and 2.1 was released in January 2010. The
codename “Eclair” is a small,soft, log-shaped pastry filled with cream and typically
topped with chocolate icing.
Android 2.2 Codenamed Froyo
This version came an improved speed and browser support,Flash 10.1 plug-in support
along with USB tethering and Wi-Fi Hotspot capability.Its codename “Froyo” was
derived from frozen yogurt and it is also a brand name. It is a frozen dessert made
from yogurt, so it is slightly more sour, but also lower in fat.
Android 2.3 / 2.4 Codenamed Gingerbread
Was officially released in December 2010 with features such as support for SIP
internet calling, NFC wireless transaction capability,support for more than one
camera,support for gyroscope and other sensors,download manager and more. Its
codename “Gingerbread” is a cake made with molasses and flavored with ginger.
Android 3.0 / 3.1 / 3.2 Codenamed Honeycomb
This version was released in February 2011 while 3.1 and 3.2 followed suit in July /
August of the same year. The codename “Honeycomb” is a sweetened breakfast
cereal.It consists of honey-flavored corn cereal bits in a honeycomb shape.
Android 4.0 Codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich
Launched in October, 2011.An ice cream sandwich is a frozen dessert consisting of ice
cream between two wafers, cookies, or other similar biscuit.
Android 4.1 / 4.2 / 4.3 Codenamed Jelly Bean
This version of Android was released in July,2012 while 4.2 was released in October
and 4.3 in July, 2013. They all came with features such as multi user support for
tablets, lock screen widgets, quick settings,screen savers etc. the codename “Jelly
bean is a bean shaped candy with a jellylike center and a firm sugar coating.
Android 4.4 / 4.4.1 / 4.4.2 / 4.4.4 Codenamed Kit-kat
Android 4.4 was released in October, 2013 while 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 were released in
December of 2013.Then 4.4.4 was released in June of 2014.They all came with added
features such as GoogleNow, faster multitasking,improved performance,easy printing,
etc., the codename “Kit-kat” is a chocolate-covered wafer biscuit bar confection.
Android 5.0 / 5.1 Codenamed Lollipop
Android 5.0 was released in October 2014 with prominent changes such as a
redesigned user interface and internal changes to the platform, with the Android
Runtime (ART) officially replacing Dalvik for improved application
performance,etc.The codename Lollipop is a flat, rounded candy on the end of a
Android 6.0 Codenamed Macadamia Nut Cookie
This version has not been released and the codename is still a development name
internally, maybe Google will go for something more catchy when it rolls out.Anyway,
the codename Macadamia Nut Cookie is a rich cookie full of Hawaiian macadamia nuts
and chocolate chips.
Well, there is no way you can make mention of the versions without a tasty treat
coming to your mind.Maybe that is the concept but so far,Android has proven to be a
good alternative to iOS and is still the most “consumed”.