How is the Android operating system named? | Android Portal

How is the Android operating system named?

In 2008 was released the first version of the Android operating system called Apple Pie, however today the general public still wonders the origin of Android name. One of the theories is that the Android name and Nexus name is based on the movie “Blade Runner”, which is based on a book by Philip K. Dick called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”.

The story is about a futuristic era in which the world has been affected by nuclear war and the United Nations hopes to bring the human race to another world in the colonies. Every emigrant has an “Andy”, a personal robot to help them and join them, but some of these androids pretend to pass for humans, since they look quite similar, and organize an escape. Both in the film and in the book these imitators are 6 really sophisticated and developed androids. The names of these androids in the movie are Nexus-6 android.

This is pretty interesting, right? In some occasions Google has given a response to users about the Android name or Android versions name, in this article we will know a little more about this.

versions of android

Versions of Android.

Names of goodies

It is remarkable that in addition to following the order of the letters of the alphabet, the name of each new version of Android is the name of some goodie. Over time, the Android versions names has become more relevant and increasingly call the attention of the general public, so each version of Android has its own statue in Mountain View, California, where the Headquarters of the company.

What does Google to say about it?

Google has always been very secretive whenever asked about Android names. On one occasion, Google spokesman Randall Sarafa responded to this question by explaining that it was an internal joke that began with Android 1.5 Cupcake, and that even he was not sure where it all started.

In the presentation of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google also explained that the reason that all versions of Android brought names of sweets was because smartphones and tablets sweeten our lives and among these, chocolate is particularly addictive, so KitKat was the favorite of the company.

The few answers that have been heard from a representative of Google, have been unconvincing and leave the Android users with curiosity

About KitKat

android kitkat

Android KitKat.

Google surprised the whole world by reaching an agreement with a famous brand of chocolates to launch Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ on October 31, 2013. ‘KitKat’ is one of the versions that more changes have introduced in both design and functionality and performance of the system. In addition, it stands out by operating with only 512MB of RAM and reducing the expense of battery making it a good choice.

Android 4.4 is today the most widely used version of Android worldwide, something motivated by its four updates that have managed to bring stability to the system:

  • Android 4.4.1 (December 2013)
  • Android 4.4.2 (December 2013)
  • Android 4.4.3 (June, 2014)
  • Android 4.4.4 (June 2014)
kitkat statue

KitKat Statue.


Honestly, nobody really knows the real reason for the Android versions names, however one of the theories is that what started as a joke among workers, became the hallmark of Android. The Android versions names are something like a representation that is striking and always generates expectation among the followers of this operating system.

Although the origin of Android names still unknown, this operating system has much to give in the future and surely we will soon know many new names. Some users wonder what will happen once they reach Android Z, the developers would keep looking for goodies or they are going to change the subject.

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