Just like every other year, Google is expected to launch a new iteration of their Android OS at the Google Developer I/O in May. The Search Engine giant introduced the developer version of the OS, Android N for their Nexus devices last week.
All the Android versions have been following the tradition of being named after the names of popular - starting with Cupcake, Donut, Éclair and all the way down to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Here are the top 5 probable names for the upcoming Android N update.
The most expected and almost confirmed name for Android N is expected to be Nutella. When Google announced the rollout of the developer edition for Android N, Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP-Android, hinted this name in a Medium post by ending the report with "So, the burning question that's on everyone's mind: what will the N release be named? We're nut tellin' you yet."
The last line shows the clear wordplay that the executive was trying to imply towards the high probability of an upcoming partnership with Nutella, for Google's next mobile software upgrade. Google has done these previously with Kitkat sponsoring the Android 4.4 version.
New York Cheesecake
Reports coming in this week suggest that internal engineers and designers - within the Android team - have already started referring to the official name as New York Cheesecake. A point to be noted here is that earlier versions of the OS have had differing internal codenames - like Key Lime Pie for Kitkat, Macadamia Nut Cookie for Marshmallow and Lemon Meringue Pie for Lollipop. So, there is a high uncertainty of whether New York Cheesecake will be what the final build of Android N will be called.
A famous Indian dessert, Nankhatai, might not seem like a farfetched idea when it comes to naming the next version of Google's mobile OS - Android N. Recently, Sundar Pichai, CEO-Google, visited India and announced that Google would be launching a opinion portal wherein users could vote for their preferred Android N dessert codename. He also went on to say that 'Nankhatai' could apparently be considered if majority of the votes went towards it. He, although, said it in a light mood and this might not be possible as Android is used by billions of people across the world and English needs to remain the official language for their product names.
Nachos? Yes, nachos. You may be wondering that the Android OS versions have always been named after popular desserts and Google would be doing something really out-of-the-box if they go for a satly snack as the name for Android N. But isn't this what Google has been famous for since ever? Anyway, we are not just shooting blanks. This video tweeted by the official Android account in February, shows a cartoon which has the words, "We'd like to thank... all of our fans out there, our parents, Janice from craft services, for the lollipops, marshmallows and Na..." The 'Na' is all you need to know that the next OS version starts with the same letters. There's no famous dessert with those initials and we wouldn't be surprised if Google goes offbeat with Android Nacho in the summer of 2016.
Nougat is not generally a brand name and is as flexible as you want it to be, which seems perfect for Google. It sounds premium as well, which is always a good thing when you face the brunt of smartphone brands around like Apple.