After months of speculation, the name of Android’s next major release has been discovered by teamb58 and shared by Mishaal Rahman on Twitter. According to a Tradefed pledge, Android 15 will be called “Vanilla Ice Cream”. For those unfamiliar, every version of Android is named after a sweet treat. From Cupcake to Donut, to Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and beyond, Google has consistently given each new iteration of its handset OS a name that’s both playful and fun.
It all started in 2009 when the first version of Android, Android 1.5, was released and named “Cupcake”. Since then, each version has been tracked in alphabetical order and given a dessert-inspired name. For the most part, Google has stuck to traditional sweet treats like Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Jelly Bean. But they’ve also made some unexpected choices, like KitKat and Oreo, after working with Nestle to promote their brands. I remember buying so many KitKats hoping to win, but I never did. Anyway, the joke is on Google because it’s my favorite candy bar.
In my opinion, it only seems fitting that the “V” version of Android is named after the world’s most popular sweet treat: vanilla ice cream! While some might argue that something like “Volcano Cake” should have been chosen, those people are wrong. Just kidding, but only partially – vanilla ice cream is a classic that has stood the test of time, and to combine it with anything else would be heresy. Who knows, maybe some fun ice cream inspired features will be added when it officially releases.
Interestingly, the previous version of Android, Android 14, was called “Upside Down Cake”. This name was never officially confirmed by Google, but was spotted in some code by developers testing the system. It’s unclear why Google decided not to use the name, but it’s possible they felt it was too obscure or not globally popular enough to be widely marketed.
While we don’t yet know much about the new features or improvements that will come with Android 15, the fact that it’s already in development is exciting (and expected). Users are currently testing Android “U”, which is expected to be released in August this year. It’s worth noting that Google sometimes changes Android version names during development, so there’s always a chance Vanilla Ice Cream could be replaced with something else, but let’s face it, they’d have to be crazy to do that!
Additionally, with Google approaching the end of the alphabet, the question arises as to what they will do for future Android versions. Maybe they’ll ditch the sweet treats and start a new nomenclature or just number releases like others do. Only time will tell, but their aforementioned lack of announcements for the names and their backseat codename approach seem to indicate that this is the way forward. Now let’s all go get a vanilla ice cream cone to celebrate!
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