"And while there were many tempting "Q" desserts out there, we think that at version 10 and 2.5 billion active devices, it was time to make this change".
Google also stated that users who aren't familiar with the naming convention - which is probably the majority of Android users - were finding it hard to understand whether their phone is running the latest version. We all speculated endlessly about what the next name would be, and how it would be depicted in the new statue on Google's campus that came with each release. The company's upcoming Android release, Android Q, will simply be called Android 10.
Google is also making some changes to the Android logo, with this announcement.
Google announced this morning that it's done with Android desserts and will refer to new Android releases by number going forward. For instance, in some languages - Google notes - Lollipop was a hard one, because L and R aren't easily distinguishable.
Everyone, welcome Android Q's final form: Android 10.
What this means is that when someone heard the Android Lollipop it was not always clear in these dialects that it was the Android version after Kitkat. The color palette now includes shades of blue, as well as orange and chartreuse, while the new font is a bit slimmer and more professional - sort of like the Product Sans typeface Google has been using as of late across its Pixel phones and numerous services. The Android robot has been the company mascot since the very first release.
Google is also changing the logo for Android, keeping the head and switch to black for the actual Android name.
Part of the branding change is to drop the use of desserts in alphabetical order to represent each new version.
The candies and desserts used as names in some previous releases are also not regarded as popular treats in many parts of the globe, Google said.
If the new, monotonous naming contention is able to boost user adoption and curb Android's massive fragmentation problem, well then, bring it on. It's a lighter, more blue green than the slightly-radioactive Android green of years past, and I like it.