If you were making guesses of what Android Q stands for, Google has announced that it’s dropping its dessert-themed naming convention for its mobile OS. Android Q is, disappointingly, just plain Android 10.
After more than a decade of diabetic-inducing names, Google has decided to go clean, but it isn’t without good reason.
In a blog post, Google reiterated that Android is built for everyone and the brand should be as “inclusive and accessible as possible.”
Over the years, it has received feedback that Android names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community. It isn’t always immediately clear which release is newer.
Also, “L” and “R” are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages.
So, the upcoming Android release will simply use the version number: Android 10, 11 and so forth.
Alongside the new naming convention, Google also revealed new branding for Android, featuring a tweaked Android font and prominently incorporating the much loved Android robot. There’s a more accessible and legible especially for people with visual impairments. Android also now has a new colour palette that improves contrast.
What to expect in Android 10
Android 10 made a debut in March through the Android beta programme and is set to be officially launched in a couple of weeks. So far, Google has continued to released regular updates and has included a new Night Theme, accessibility features, improved privacy and security features, and parental control.
If you’re brave, you can participate in the beta programme, as long as you have a supported device.
There are a total of 21 supported devices including Google’s own Pixel line as well as from 12 different OEMs.