No Quindim, Queijadinha or Jawbreaker: the next version of Google’s operating system will be called just Android 10; the company says that name is “simpler and more intuitive for our global community”. The logo has also changed: it now has a little green robot and, for greater accessibility, a different font and black text.
Why did Google give up putting dessert names on Android? Vice President of Product Sameer Samat explains to 9to5Google that his team evaluated possibilities like “Queens Cake” and “quindim”, but acknowledged that these sweets were not known globally.
“A feedback we’ve received from users over the years is that dessert names are not universally understood in different cultures and languages,” said Samat.
On the official Google blog, the executive continues: “We know that pies are not a dessert in some places; and that marshmallows, while delicious, are not a popular candy in many parts of the world ”.
Samat points out another problem: new Android users, who are not familiar with dessert names, may have difficulty understanding whether they are on the latest version of the system. (Most are not.)
So, as Android has 2.5 billion active devices, Google decided to adopt simpler and more intuitive names for the versions, following the example of iOS, Chrome OS and Windows.
Google creates new logo for Android with green robot
The Android logo is also changing for reasons of accessibility. The old green font “was difficult to read, especially for people with visual impairments,” says Google.
For this reason, the Android logo has gained an easier-to-read (and more dull) font in black. The text is accompanied by the little green robot, the mascot of the operating system for many years. In addition, Google has created a new set of color combinations to improve contrast.
The final version of Android 10 will arrive in the coming weeks. He will have new gestures to return to the previous screen and the home screen; will allow you to report your location only when the app is in use; restrict access to your files; expand the dark theme; among others.