India wants to be considered for the name of the next Android build

India wants to be considered for the name of the next Android build
A week ago last Tuesday, Google surprised everyone by introducing Android 4.4 and announcing that it would be called KitKat. Before Google made the introduction, it had been assumed that the next build of the Android OS would be 5.0 and would be named Key Lime Pie. But now that Android 4.4 is reality, what will the next build be called? In India, a region of the world where low priced Android models have been selling well, some are pushing to have a local beverage, Lassi, be selected as the "L" food product for the next build of Android.

Lassi is a thick, yogurt based drink popular in the area and that name is favored by graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). Meanwhile, another group from IIT Kharagpur sent an open letter to Google’s Sundar Pichai, saying that the country's support of Android deserves to be rewarded. This group would like to see another Indian sweet called Ladoo get the nod for Android 5.0.

Google was able to work out some special tie-in deals with KitKat related to the Android 4.4 naming, such as a special version of the candy bar containing a contest to win a Nexus 7 (2013). Is this the wave of the future? What food company could Google use for "L" that could also offer promotions like KitKat? How about Lipton Tea for Android 5.0. A little too Milquetoast for such an important build number?

Some in India are campaigning for Google to use regional sweet Ladoo as the name for the next Android build

Some in India are campaigning for Google to use regional sweet Ladoo as the name for the next Android build


source: ZDNet via Phandroid

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97 Comments

1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Pretty cool idea, especially how important India is to the future of smartphones and Android particularly.

6. cheetah2k

Posts: 2159; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Huh? India's no more important than China or the USA when it comes to the future of smartphones. India ain't a sweet so forget it..

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm not sure what you meant by "India ain't a sweet." Surely they have sweets in India? I would've said the same thing had China been lobbying for a dessert name as well. Traditional European-American desserts are fine, but other things would be cool as well. (By the way, I am exactly sure what you meant by :"India ain't a sweet." Because you didn't read one word of the article, you thought India wanted to name the next iteration of Android "India." I only feigned ignorance to give you a chance to respond, but I guess this parenthetical defeats the purpose. Whoops. My bad...)

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

they are talking about a dessert originated from India called Ladoo. It's a sweet yogurt too sweet for my personal liking. I support this move to be inclusive of cultural sweets.

47. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

Lassi is the sweet thick yoghurt shake/juice lol. Ladoo is a dessert

51. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

ladoo is a sweet :P...

59. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Lassi is the one, you are talking about.

75. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Laddoo isn't sweet yogurt for sure.

86. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Your right Cheetah2K, China is more formidable when it comes to the Android amy of users there, Nokia still rules the Indian market and im not talking Lumias either, the Nokia 3310 is still very much alive there.

33. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

They want it to be a famous sweet. they dropped key lime pie as it is not popular. The next iteration will be lollipop for sure. other choices are- liquorice, laces, love hearts, even ladoo is ok... lassi never is that even sweet..

44. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I'm gonna have to disagree with the idea that key lime pie isn't popular, or well known. I don't know how well known it is globally, but I'm pretty sure in every supermarket in the US at least, you can just walk in and order one, or buy one prepackaged. Hell you can buy key lime pie flavored yogurt cups, key lime pie scented cleaning agents and crap like that. I'm sure it isn't as conscious in people's minds as KitKat bars are, but that isn't much. And strictly speaking I don't think sweetness is the criteria they're looking for when choosing names. Android 2.2(?)-2.3 was Gingerbread after all, and 3._ was Honeycomb.

74. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

lassi comes in sweat and salt...it is used as refreshing drink. key lime pie never tasted in UK and when i was in india.. globally i dont think it is famous....

2. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Lassi I can agree on.. Cz that drink is quite familiar in my country... But Ladoo? What the hell is that. Plus it doesnt good right for Android

4. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Lmao Android Ladoo® Lasso sound and looks better than Ladoo®

3. charlesph

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Android 5.0 Lollipop

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I admit. lollipop more marketable to the world

21. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Who knows after 4.4 next version may be 4.5

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Lemon Curd.

65. ibobobo

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Android Laffy Taffy isn't bad. :)

87. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

im digging the Lollipop has a nice ring to it, rather than Indian Android id rather a more generic sweet that we are all familiar with. which was the reason why Keylime pie got rejected in the first place.

5. mcshank

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

Android Liquorice

20. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

people might get sick with that one lol...it would make people think of that horrible candy -_-

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2159; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Android Banana Split

9. GeneralTsosChicken

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I Think This Is A Horrible Idea! Keep The Current Dessert Name Theme!

14. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

This is keeping the current dessert name theme.

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

He probably saw the title and thought they were going to literally name the next version "India." Either that or he's just promoting the title of a book or movie or something, which would explain why every word is capitalized.

34. GeneralTsosChicken

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Ladoo is a horrible name for the next operating system.

76. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Both of the Indian names are a terrible idea. I hope they don't even give it any thought.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Oops, i'm an Indian and i'm sorry to say this but i will not like names like that...it totally messes up the vibe and makes me wonder who even thought of that idea. Stick with the English dessert names...

12. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I think the vibe was messed up enough when they went with KitKat... Why not take it a step further? (For the record, the two unofficial names for the versions before Cupcake were "Astro" and "Bender," suggesting famous robots were originally considered. I think this would've been cooler than desserts too.)

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