64-bit Android merged into AOSP, suggests a new API level naming convention is on the way

by: Robert TriggsJune 23, 2014
Android Open Source Project AOSP

The possibility of a 64-bit Android update has been in and out of the news ever since we starting hearing about the first 64-bit mobile processors. It seems inevitable that such an update will arrive, but we are still none the wiser as to when. However, perhaps now we can have a guess at what it might be called.

Two of the more recent merges in the AOSP master branch, specifically 99021 and 99016, give mention to 64-bit Android, as well as a possible change in naming convention. According to the recent merges, the 64-bit API level might be moving over to an alphabetical naming system, with the first 64-bit iteration adopting the letter “L”. Although it should be pointed out that even the code list this name as tentative.

Until this news, Google has been keeping a straightforward numerical identifier for its different Android releases, starting with API 1 for Android 1.0, all the way up to KitKat which has API level 19. Switching over to an alphabetical system might make the changeover to 64-bit more readily identifiable to developers.

AOSP Android L

This news has bought about the usual amount of speculation, with several suggestions cropping up for what Google might choose to name its 64-bit implementation of Android. L for Lollipop seems to be a common proposal, but Reddit user mmoser also spotted “lmp-preview” hanging around in the AOSP code too. His suggestion of Lemon Meringue Pie would be in keeping with more long winded Android titles such as Ice Cream Sandwich, and the much rumoured Key Lime Pie moniker prior to KitKat.

With Google I/O just a couple of days away, there is a chance that we might hear something official about the 64-bit Android “L”. After all, this year’s mobile processor technology will be making the jump to 64-bit, so developers will need software support to catch up.

Feel free to leave your own naming suggestions in the comments below.

  • Miguel Ripoll

    Google IO is gonna be legend — wait for it, dary!

    • Corbin Crutch

      I’m lactose intorreant….

  • Less than 48 hours to go, can’t wait :D

    Lime Key Pie :v

    • Jayfeather787

      About time I got my pie.

    • Vuyo Ncube


    • Corbin Crutch

      I love it

    • Kevin Kuo

      Lemon Sunshine Drop

  • MasterMuffin

    Don’t care what its name is as long as it’s faster, has good features and looks good!

    • duffyhatesyou

      I hope it pays homage to another candy corporation. I love corporate tie-ins and sponsorships!!!

      • MasterMuffin

        BTW I tasted my first Kitkat ever while visiting England. Wasn’t that good, we got almost the same thing in Finland called Kismet (by Fazer), but it’s better

        • No, wait. Your first KitKat? We need to buy you a box of them. :P

          • MasterMuffin

            All donations are accepted and will go to good cause :D

          • Awesome. So I’m writing a check worth US$10 to “MasterMuffin”, right? :P

          • MasterMuffin

            Kickstarter funding is prefered. I’ve developed talking muffins. Min. amount $666 >:D

          • I’ll fund it if you have angel wings on them. I mean, how cool would be “holy talking muffins”! :D

          • MasterMuffin

            Great idea, I’ll hire you to do my PR stuff!

          • And I’ll give the salary you give me to you, so you can buy KitKats!

          • MasterMuffin


          • *handshake*

          • Corbin Crutch

            Can I get in on this getting MasterMuffin addicted to KitKat scheme?

          • No idea where you fit in the grand scheme of things, but sure, you can get in if you want to. Now if you WILL get in is another matter… :P

          • Corbin Crutch

            You see, I never back out. I’ll move to china and start building the talking muffins

        • Shark Bait

          I’m sorry , your totally wrong :P , their amazing!!! They even come with a little android on the wrapper

          • MasterMuffin

            I don’t always go all Nazi on comments, but now that you said that I’m wrong:

          • Corbin Crutch

            Whoa MasterMuffin your feaking out over nothing. Their just saying KitKats are amazing, which is true

          • MasterMuffin

            Nah :)

          • Corbin Crutch

            Nevermind. xD I just wanted to mess with your grammar-nazi-esue. Sorry! :P

        • luminelx64

          Seems MasterMuffin spends most of his day on AA.
          Can’t remember seeing any AA post without MM’s comments. :)

          • MasterMuffin

            Then you’re new here :) Little history: My first comment was on an article in AA about a firmware update for S2 (that article doesn’t exist anymore, gives error 404 when trying to access it). So I’m fairly new, been reading AA for like 3 years :)

          • Corbin Crutch

            Just cause he’s new doesn’t mean he dunno his stuff. ;P


    I really hope that this year they present the new version of android in google i/o because in the last 2 years they have announced it in a special event later in july. That what’s new in android session on the second day is what keeps my hopes high though

    • Nate Behary

      Just last year. 4.1 was announced at I/O ’12 which also had a “What’s New in Android” session where ’13 didn’t (or I just can’t find it) So, good chance I’d think.

  • jdanielcook

    ‘lmp-preview’ I wonder if that means there will be a preview release, that would require a new hardware device.