Big G's next operating system is known internally as the "Upside Down Cake".
It is a consolidated tradition that Google assigns its operating systems the name of a dessert, continuing from time to time in alphabetical order. Even with Android 14 it will be no exception and will follow tradition.
In the past we have also witnessed marketing operations to exploit this tradition, with Google adding the names of some famous sweets such as KitKat and Oreo to their operating systems.
The biggest difficulties in carrying on this tradition, Google met with the letter Q, on the occasion of the launch of Android 10: for that year, the Mountain View giant had to settle for the Queen's Cake but from that moment on sweets have taken a back seat, officially naming their software releases to numbers.
Below, we review all the dessert names assigned by Google to their versions of the operating system, from the first to the most recent Android 13 Tiramisu.
- Cupcake - Android 1.5 (2009)
- Donut - Android 1.6 (2009)
- Eclair - Android 2.0 and 2.1 (2009)
- Froyo - Android 2.2 (2010)
- Gingerbread - Android 2.3 (2010)
- HoneyComb - Android 3 (2011)
- Ice Cream Sandwich - Android 4.0 (2011)
- Jelly Bean - Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 (2012)
- KitKat - Android 4.4 (2013)
- Lollipop - Android 5 (2014)
- Marshmallow - Android 6 (2015)
- Nougat - Android 7 (2016)
- Oreo - Android 8 (2017)
- Pie - Android 9 (2018)
- Queen's Cake - Android 10 (2019)
- Red Velvet Cake - Android 11 (2020)
- Snow Cone - Android 12 (2021)
- Tiramisu - Android 13 (2022)
Android 14 will be called Upside Down Cake (rendered as the sole word UpsideDownCake), a sweet known in our area as "inverted cake", and the discovery was detected in a change to the code published on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) through which it is A name has been given to what, until now, was referred to as Android U.
For the uninitiated, the inverted cake is a fruit cake, typical of the United States, which has the peculiarity of being prepared backwards, placing the fruit first in the mold and then the dough, and then being turned over at the end of cooking. .
Considering that there aren't many U-shaped alternatives in the dessert landscape, it's no surprise that Google has chosen this dessert for the 2023 version of its operating system.
Although there is still some time to wait to officially see Android 13, we are starting to think about the future: Android 14 has been officially baptized, a sign that the development of the operating system has already begun abundantly; the new creature begins to take shape.
Written by Matteo with love from Italy