Before Google jumped on the boring bandwagon of numerical nomenclature for its annual versions of Android, it distinguished itself from the pack – out of three – by offering “sweet” annual OS updates, such as Pie, Kit-Kat, Oreo, etc.
This practice began in 2009 with the release of Android 1.5 or Android Cupcake. Since then, Google’s Android versions have released the names of popular sweets in alphabetical order. For the first few years, Google’s release schedule was intertwined, with new versions – full of new names – coming out every few months. Eight major versions of Android were released in a 40-month period between April 2009 and July 2012 before settling into an annual pattern.
It all stopped in 2019 with the release of Android 10. Since then, Google has stuck to numbers for its annual releases, but someone at Google seems to have a passion for candy, like the practice of using candy-based internal codenames for Android-in – the development continued. Internally Android 10 was referred to as Quince Tart, Android 11 was ‘Red Velvet Cake’, Android 12 was codenamed ‘Snow Cone’, while Android 13 which will be revealed tomorrow at Google I/O conference in Mountain View in California It was nicknamed “Tiramisu”.
Google has yet to bring its “Tiramisu” service for Android – as it will undoubtedly be indicated – to its customers, but reports indicate that the tech giant has already begun preparing the next sweet version of its operating system. Or at least, someone at Google already has a name for it.
According to 9to5Google, an eagle-eye watcher discovered the name “Upside Down Cake” in the database of Android 14 (or Android U, if you prefer). An upside-down cake is exactly what it sounds like – a cake baked upside down. Now, I can’t bake to save my life, so I had to research the method online. According to the internet known, an upside-down cake is baked “in one pan, with the top layer on the bottom of the pan. When taken out of the oven, the upside-down preparation is turned upside down and removed on a serving platter, serving “right side up”.
The programmer at Google seems to have not only sweet kindness, but also a sense of humor – by going back to the digital versions, Google has turned its naming scheme on its head.
Candy based Android versions so far
|2.2||Froyo (frozen yogurt)||May 2010|
|4.0||Ice cream sandwich||October 2011|
|4.1||jelly bean||July 2012|
|10||Codename: Quince Tart||September 2019|
|11||Red velvet cake||September 2020|
|12||Codename Snow Cone||October 2021|
|13||code name tiramisu||Later in 2022|
The Android 13 “Tiramisu” release date is likely to be announced at Google I/O tomorrow and should be between August and October this year. As has been the case every year since the debut of the Pixel range in 2016, Google’s smartphones will be the first to get Android 13, followed by other manufacturers over the next several months. Google has already released the list of eligible Pixel smartphones – Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
The flagship smartphones released since 2021 by Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo and Vivo will get the latest Android versions, while Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, its own brand Redmi, and POCO have also released a list of their smartphones that will be eligible for Android. 13.
(Edited by: Abhishek Jha)