Android N, Google's next version of its mobile operating system, gets its internal codename. It's New York Cheesecake (yes, it's sweet).
Apart from the version number, each of the previous Android releases was associated with their codenames plus final commercial names. What seems common is that they are named after treats or desserts.
Before KitKat was initially pushed out, for instance, the Android version was codenamed KLP or Key Lime Pie. Lollipop was also codenamed LMP or Lemon Meringue Pie. Marshmallow, in the meantime, had the MNC or Macadamia Nut Cookie codename prior to its official release.
It appears like the upcoming version of Android is going with NYC or New York Cheesecake moniker, as initially reported by Android Police. The initials of the codename, NYC, appear to be showing up in the Android Open-Source Repository.
Judging from the previous releases of the mobile OS, it is expected that New York Cheesecake is not going to be the final name for the Android N. Speculations are rife that the forthcoming version will bear the final name Android Nutella, although some believe that it appears unlikely that the company would do a brand partnership.
Earlier, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president for Android, provided a hint on what the "N" means in the Android N.
"[T]he burning question that’s on everyone’s mind: what will the N release be named?" he says. "We’re nut tellin’ you yet."
There's a big possibility Google wants the opinion of Android users across the globe on how the next Android version is going to be named. Lately, the company has taken to its Opinion Rewards program to check out what they think would be the most awesome name for Android N. Choices range from Napoleon, Nut Brittle, Nachos, Nori, Nougat, Noodles and Neopolitan Ice Cream.
"I'm personally cheering for Nonpareils because they're colorful and like the sprinkles of little improvements Google has added in," says Rita El Khoury of Android Police. "Plus, everyone who doesn't speak French will hilariously have a nightmare saying and spelling the name right."
Two months from today, it is expected that the Mountain View-based firm is going to talk more about Android N at its I/O 2016 developer conference.
Earlier this month, Google unexpectedly released the developer preview of Android N, packing in quite a few nifty features, such as split-screen, bundles of notifications, amped up battery life and more.
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