Seriously, what is Android Q going to be called?

Seriously, what is Android Q going to be called?
For nearly a decade, Google has been naming major Android releases after sweets. It all started in 2009 with version 1.1, named after the bite-sized French treat Petit Four. However, this codename was only used internally by the company. It was Android 1.5 Cupcake that officially kicked off the tasty tradition, followed – in alphabetical order – by Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and so on.

Android 9.0 Pie – this is the latest version of Google's operating system. Later in 2019, it is expected to be succeeded by Android Q, which would bring improvements to the reporting of app permissions, as well as a system-wide dark mode. 


But what is Android Q going to be called? Nobody knows the answer to this question, which has been keeping geeks up at night for the past few months. And nobody seems to have a good guess either. But let's try to summarize all possibilities for the fun of it.

Option #1 (a bad one): Use a lesser-known dessert or candy name


Naming Android Q is a challenge simply because there are no truly popular pastries whose name starts with Q. Queijadinha, Qurabiya, Quindim – these are all legit dessert names, but none of them has the global recognition of a donut, for example. Same is the case with brands of candy. Sure, there's Quench Gum, but that's nowhere near as recognizable as KitKats or Oreos. And frankly, Quaker Oats sounds boring.


And Google really, really wants its Android name to resonate with consumers. After all, these are not just codenames anymore. They've become a part of Android's branding and image – and who doesn't want a brand that gets a potential buyer's endorphin levels shooting? From a branding perspective, naming Android 10 after a rare or exotic pastry would be a terrible idea when people, in general, are uncomfortable with the unfamiliar.

Option #2 (a good one): Skip Q and go straight to R


Leaks indicate that internally, Google is referring to its next OS release as "Android Q", but when you think about it, skipping that and going straight to R is a possibility. Rice Pudding, Red Velvet Cake, Raffaello, and Reese's Pieces are just some of the mouth-watering, sugar-filled Android name options at Google's disposal.

Yummy Reese's Pieces

Yummy Reese's Pieces



Of course, the internet being the internet would inevitably raise the question of why Google skipped a letter, but we doubt that's going to be as major of a discussion as sorting out the arrangement of ingredients in the burger emoji.

The "Or what if..." options


This is starting to look like a case where out-of-the-box thinking would really help. Picking a candy that has Q in the middle of the name seems like a solution, but only liquorice comes to mind (if we go with the British spelling of the word), and we don't know many people fond of the treat.

Should Google pick a salty snack instead? Android 10 Quesadilla might be an option, but again, it won't be quite what Android fans would expect.

We doubt that Google would come up with its own candy brand just for the sake of naming Android after it. Perhaps this would have to be the first case of Google breaking the tradition and naming Android after something completely different. Should it go with a celestial theme and name it Android 10 Quark or Quazar? Perhaps a more down-to-earth approach would be more appropriate: Android 10 Quebec? Or should we hop on those broomsticks for some Android 10 Quidditch action? Let us know what you think!

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29 Comments

1. j_grouchy

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Quince. (it's a fruit) Quiche. (technically savory, but still...) Quick Bread ("Quick bread is any bread leavened with leavening agents other than yeast or eggs."...examples are cakes, brownies, cookies...)

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Android.... question mark

3. Stellist

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

How about Nestle's Quik? It's sweet and has global recognition.

4. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Quack

5. MartyLK

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 08, 2016

Android Quik

6. Pakarena

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 12, 2017

Quinoa

7. rabramson2443

Posts: 46; Member since: May 12, 2018

Quickbread

8. Joefalco

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 24, 2019

Not candy, but a sugary cereal from the past, Quisp

9. tyger11

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The real reason Google developed Fuschia... They can start over with the naming scheme.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Quircks or Quench Gum

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3091; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Quale egg, just because.

12. superguy

Posts: 409; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Quik isn't a bad idea. First thing that came to mind, as was already mentioned, was Quiche. Still kinda has an exotic feel to it, even if it's not a sweet treat. Maybe make a deal with Coke and call it barQ's? Or since Q can make a K sound, change the K or C in something ... like Qrunch, Qadbury, Qaramello, etc. I've heard those butterscotch hard candies called Queen Bees before. Don't know how common that name is though. Maybe those Queen Anne cherry cordials? Skip to R ... maybe Razzles, Rocky Road or Red Velvet. Tough call this time around.

13. TBomb

Posts: 1177; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm going to invent a candy and name it something with a Q. Licensing deal and sales generated would make it allllllll worth it

14. torr310

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's going to be "Q-tie Pie".

15. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Queso de Bola

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1175; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Android Queso.

17. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Android Queef

19. el33t626

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Surprised no "Quesadilla" like from porto's bakery. Not like the tortilla and cheese ones.

21. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Android Quiche

22. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Android Qunt

28. Krjal

Posts: 415; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Aussie approved

24. tomskytot

Posts: 37; Member since: May 10, 2014

Quezo (cheese) maybe

25. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Android Queen of Puddings

26. pogba

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

Android Quavo

27. tokuzumi

Posts: 1819; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

What happens after Android Z?

29. Vega007

Posts: 68; Member since: May 18, 2017

Queso. I mean, who doesn't love queso? May not be a sweet but it's delish and they don't have many better options. Also, using a Spanish word would be pretty cool considering the climate right now. Otherwise, just skip to R.

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