Naming Android N
Written by Lucy Black   
Friday, 18 March 2016

With the Android N preview available and soon to be showcased at Google I/O 2016 the topical question is, what will it be called?




Google enjoys teasing us with its Easter Eggs and April Fools - a new batch of which can be expected soon. Its Android naming policy is another of its traditions for keeping us in suspense.

It has become custom and practice for each successive version of Android to be named after some sweet confectionery. Internally the codename is a three-letter acronym and by that convention the upcoming version is NYC, New York Cheesecake. However, these codenames don't usually become the name used by the external world - otherwise we would be currently using “Key Lime Pie,” (KLP) rather than KitKat, “Lemon Meringue Pie,” (LMP) not Lollipop, and “Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC) in place of Marshmallow.

As we reported in January, Sundar Pichai had hinted at using a poll to canvas opinion on the naming of Android N and this appears to be happening. It's not, currently at least, an online poll, instead it uses the Google Opinion Rewards app, which can be download free to an Android device from Google Play.

It asks just two questions.  The first is open ended, asking for your choice of tasty food beginning with N.



The second question is multiple-choice:




Notice that Nutella, which has been one of the rumored N names isn't among the choices. One hint that it might be a possible comes in from Google's head of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer who writes at the end of an article titled N, as in: so early, it’s Not Named yet ;)

So, the burning question that’s on everyone’s mind: what will the N release be named? We’re nut tellin’ you yet.

Is this a clue - and will it be confirmed or overruled by popular vote?


More Information

Google goes with ‘New York Cheesecake’ for the Android N codename

Google using Opinion Rewards app to ask what Android ‘N’ should be named [Poll]

N, as in: so early, it’s Not Named yet ;)

Android N Developer Preview

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