Android 12 confirms that it is called Snow Cone (slush): The mystery of Android sweets

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Born 12 years ago, Android became in less than a decade the most widespread operating system in the world thanks to the massive sales of smartphones, tablets, smart watches and even televisions and cars that include it. Generally, each update of the Android operating system is developed under a code name of an element in alphabetical order.

But since that first version 1.0, Google has taken the curious habit of associating the OS with the name of a sweet, because?

Why Android is named after candy

Credit for these names goes to Ryan Gibson, the Project Manager on Android. And as Google itself pointed out in the Android 4.4 KitKat release, “Since these devices make our lives sweeter, each version of Android is named after a dessert.”

With Android 10 this pastry tradition stopped in the face of the name of the final version, and last year’s Google OS inaugurated a new way of naming for the versions of the Android operating system, leaving only the number. A situation that internally certainly does not hold, since Android 11 has its corresponding dessert name, which was called ‘Red Velvet Cake’ (red velvet cake). The official list is this:

  • Android 1.5 Cupcake
  • Android 1.6 Donut
  • Android 2.0 Lightning
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Android 10 Quince Tart
  • Android 11 Red Velvet Cake

Android 12 Snow Cone

Following the alphabetical order of the desserts or sweets, the letter ‘S’ corresponds to Android 12, and an update of the source code of a test version of the OS launched in March 2021, on the experts website XDA Developers notaron in the codeor references to ‘sc’, short for Snow Cone, the typical ice cone with syrup on top.

5 months later, already in October and just with the final version of Android 12 already available in AOSP (Android Open Source Project) -although until October 19 it will not appear on Google’s Pixel mobiles-, the vice president of Engineering for Android, Dave Burke, has confirmed that Android 12 is effectively called Snow cone. In previous years, Burke also unveiled the internal name of Android 10 (Quince Tart, quince cake) and Android 11 (Red Velvet Cake, red velvet cake).

Will Burke confirm also within a year that indeed the future Android 13 is called Tiramisu?


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