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What is with Android OS names.

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  1. MacNeil

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    What is with the android names. I don't know if this has been discussed but why is everything related to food?
    Cupcake
    Donut
    Eclair
    FroYo
    Gingerbread
    Honeycomb (Expected next)

    I am not a fan of frozen yogurt but all the others are delicious. I read somewhere that they are in alphabetical order too.
     

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    I wonder what will happen when they get to Z
    If they get to Z...
     
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    Personally, I like it! I think it helps to remember and identify updates rather than numbers like 2.0.1 or 2.1 or 2.3.10 (Which happens to be the one I have.) It gives each step in the Android process an identity. Kinda like Windows 7. I saw the other day where I had the option to download a file for either Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.1.3 (Or something similar to that). And I remember thinking I like the reference of Windows 7 rather than Mac OS 10.1.3.45.34.678 Lol! Google is keeping it fun and interesting. And why would you expect it any other way. I mean just look at their name, Google. It's not, search engine.

    I never realized the alphabetical order. Nice. I wonder what A and B were. Maybe that will be a trivia question or something along those lines in future years. Does anyone know by chance? And I'm guessing those were the two letters used during development before it hit the market.
     
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    I can't find any code-names for Android 1.0 and 1.1...

    Here's some "code-name" lists for tech companies:

    Royal Pingdom The developer obsession with code names, 114 interesting examples
     
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    I heard they were just Alpha and Beta.
     
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    Seems like A & B are the embryonic forms. The OS is named after those favorable desserts of Google Staff, and yes, with an alphabetical order.
     
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    Ubuntu Linux does the same thing with what they call their various releases. Besides giving it a name with the month and year of release. Usually April and October of each year they also use animal name designations.

    Check out this wiki link for the names of the Ubuntu releases.

    List of Ubuntu releases - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    What should the theme be instead?
     
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    I just thought I would mention that Mac uses big cat names to go with their OS releases, the newest one that just came out is Lion & the one before was Snow Leopard.

    I imagine that if they had a name for alpha, chances are good it would have been apple pie.
     
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    Then they switch from desserts to booze ...

    Absinthe
    Bourbon
    Cognac
    Drambuie
    Eggnog
    ... Etc.
     
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    I think at some point Android may evolve past the code names. It seems that the longer this OS is around, it gets more and more polished, and the updates are more substantial X.X over X.X+1. I think by 4.0 there will be absolutely no reason for manufacturers to skin, and by 6.0 they might finally stop. Around those times I could see Android dropping allthe code names and number designations and just being Android, with periodical updates that only have numbers so you can tell them apart.
     
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    yes... i would love to know A and B...

    but it would be a long time before we hit 26 letters...
    and before then.. android might be replaced with a different google OS...

    then it will start over ... on A, B, C.....
     
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    you said you heard... i saw that...it read like rumor to me..not fact that you found.

    so it is not confirmed... unless you are saying it is confirmed.
     
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    Others have posited that the A was "Android." I think it's fun to have a guess at what they were:

    A:
    Apple (Pie)
    Angel (Cake)

    B:
    Bundt (Cake)
    Brownie
     
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    apple would be funny.... ironic

    brownie.. sounds familiar...
     
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    haha, if they named it apple it would just give apple a new reason to sue google. haha
     

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