Did Google offer a hint at Android L’s nickname on its 16th birthday cake?

Google turned 16 years old this month, and while the company observes September 27 as its birthday, it really is not. The company, until 2005, noted its birthday as September 7th, the day it was incorporated. The switch to celebrate the birthday later in the month coincides with when Google announces the number of web pages are indexed. That number is somewhere north of 30 trillion, and as we know the page manages millions of searches each minute.

No matter the actual day, September is certainly Google’s birth month, and it has only been 16 years. As pervasive the search engine, Gmail, and Android is though, it feels like the company has been around a lot longer. The brightest stars usually burn the shortest, but Google is showing no signs of any flicker as it continues to shine ever so brightly having changed the way we surf the internet completely.

As with any proper birthday occasion, there was cake. Google took to social media to share its cake. In lieu of 16 candles on the cake however, the top was adorned with a collection of lollipops.

That can mean anything, but short of some sort of sponsorship agreement that brought us KitKat, is it a stretch to think that Android L may be proclaimed as Android “Lollipop?”

source: Google



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Liquorice! I hope.

2. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013


3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The name sounds better than lollipop.

6. D0J0P

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Well, you can see a lollipop on both pictures of the cake, so that may be hint enough that it's going to be Android Lollipop.

7. D0J0P

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If you look at both pictures of the cake, there's a lollipop on top of the cake, so I'm guessing that it's going to be Android 5.0 Lollipop.

8. D0J0P

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Woops posted twice . . . now thrice . . .

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5758; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It's a layer cake Material design has emphasis on layers So maybe Android 5.0 Layer Cake? (doesn't really sound right though)

39. D0J0P

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

No because a layered cake is just a type of cake, it's not really a name, so that would get confusing, it's basically just a cake with layers. I've never heard of "layer cake" anyways. Check out those lollipops on top of the cake.

20. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Licorice/Liquorice is all right, though I wouldn't mind owning a phone/tablet running on Lollipop. Just need to resist the urge to lick it...well, if I did, I'd have some problems. :p

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

lion or classic L

27. engineer-1701d unregistered

OR it could be a lmp cake

43. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Seems you were right

4. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I've been thinking Lollipop since the design was first announced. The circle is a major motif in Material Design.

17. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I was expecting a cake having a 'material design' too. Well there's no candle but there's the Lollipop.

5. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

hopefully it's Android 5.0 Laffy taffy

9. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Sounds better than Lion...

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

lion bars a the best, go to wegmans and get one before saying that, all the other names sound childish,google is trying to grow up

35. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Don't get me wrong I'd love to try one, and if I ever come across one I will. But when choosing a name for a version of Android it just make more sense for it to be something more people are aware of.

10. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Android Lays! You guys know that's the most popular potato chips brand is Lays, right? Android L/M/N/O/P names I suggest are here: goo.gl/gJEqRg.

11. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

It could also be Android Lapis Luzulli since DBZ Android #18's real name was confirmed to be Luzulli with #17's name being Lapis.

12. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

It feels more than 16 years in a way with all the success they have done. Yet they still prefer the startup culture and lifestyle despite their massive size.

13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

What's with the food names?

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

Do you even tech, bro?

22. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Yea...beyond phones.....bro

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Happy birthday Google!

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah, this is another hint. I remember sometime in the past few weeks we saw a tweet or something with a photo of a bunch of green Android-shaped lollipops. (Was it from google or someone at google? I don't remember, lol)

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2390; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If not for Google, we'd be thinking crappy, planned obsolescence iPhones are the best thing on the market. Happy Birthday Google.

19. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

...and the iCHUMP6bs/POS would be $1000 "on-contract"!

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lollipop works. They should make Andy the android fat from all the sweets.

23. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

HB Google. It's probably lollipop! Nice!

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