Is it too early to start speculating on what the codename for the next major version of Android might be? Apparently not. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the senior vice president of Android at Google, posted a GIF on his Twitter account that some people are already claiming is a clue to what the next codename will be for Android 8.0.

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As you can see below, the GIF image shows some kind of dessert with a ring of Oreo cookies surrounding it.

Naturally, speculators immediately started thinking that Lockheimer was hinting that “Oreo” could be the codename for the next version of Android. It certainly follows the company’s usual pattern of throwing in a candy or cookie treat as the name.

However, before you put your money down on “Oreo” as the safe bet, just go back less than a year to June 2016. At that time, Lockheimer seemed to be hinting, again on his Twitter account, that the next version of Android would have the codename “Nutella”. In the end, it looks like he was having some fun with us, as the final codename for Android 7.0 turned out to be Nougat just a few weeks later.

In any case, we likely won’t get the official word, along with the big statue reveal, for the codename of Android 8.0 until June 2017 at the earliest. In the meantime, do you like the idea of “Oreo” as the codename? If not, what do you think it should be? Let us know what you would pick in the comments and we will see if you are correct, or if it turns out that Lockheimer is in fact not trolling us this time.

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
  • Howard Tseng

    If they land a deal with Nabisco, they could have Android 8.0 be codenamed Oreo like they did with KitKat back in 4.4 and Nestle

    • Ivan Budiutama

      Nutella supposed to be planned but they can’t get the deal, my guess

  • f.13

    It should be “Android Onion”. I like it.

    • Player Slayer

      Onion isn’t a dessert, it’s a lifestyle

  • Caleb Santiago

    honestly, I’ll be so upset if it’s not Oreo

  • J.j. Evans

    Before KitKat was ultimately announced as the K for Android, folks had speculated it’d be Key Lime Pie…which would’ve been quite goofy. (As for N, Nougat was the only thing I ever heard) So who knows…why bother tryin’ to guess?

    • WaffleToaster

      You never heard the cry for Nutella?

      • Eoin Mc Namara

        Nutella is not as big outside the US due to the likes of Cadbury’s, Panda etc. having more of a presence in places like Europe or Australia.

        • Happy

          What? Nutella is European. And Cadbury is a UK thing – not pan-European.

          • Koala

            Might be, but as for Finland the name Nutella doesn’t bring peanut butter to mind. It’s a really rare to see anyone using peanut butter at all.

            But as for Oreo, they landed in Finland I suppose a year maybe two ago. So at least now it’s know in here, other than from tv/movies.

        • lu99ke

          mate…nutella is fair dinkum huge here in Aus..part of the reason we have the third highest obesity rate in the world…that and Pavlova… boom.. there’s the dessert for Androi 9.0

        • Έλληνας

          Not sure what you are talking about, but Nutella is huge in Europe, and has been so for at least a couple of decades already. Cadbury is primarily popular in UK, not Europe.

          Nutella is a European company — in case you hadn’t noticed.

  • daftrok

    Android Oregano…It’s time to trim the fat out of the OS and make it a lean, green, multitasking machine.

  • Player Slayer

    If my Pixel XL doesn’t run Android Oreo, I’m switching to iOS.

    • danz207

      Yes, it will…

    • zorkor

      who told you that Pixel will not run the new Android OS? thats the whole reason of buying the Pixel, to have the latest Android OS. And you will surely get it.

      • Player Slayer

        I’m just saying that if Android O isn’t Android Oreo, that I was going to be really mad, not that my Pixel might not get Android O

  • Lucy

    I’m hoping for android Oreo

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    • Joonho Jung

      solid dessert choice

    • Abhyuday Krishna

      Now there’s a real dessert.

  • King_Android

    And that name would be perfect especially with their plans of incorporating Chrome OS into Android. Perfect merged snack.

  • Tecfield

    Well there are (a few) sweet names starting with ‘O’
    1. Oliebol (Holland)
    2. Ozark (Missouri US) ֎

  • Marty

    Oreo is the only logical choice…

    On second thought, Oatmeal Cookie could have a precedent. It would follow logically with Frozen Yogurt.

  • Kunal Narang

    If it is anything other than Oreo, Google doesn’t know anything about tasty treats at all.

    • Duelist Raj

      I agree, Google sucks at its naming skills.

  • Jtdavis221

    I can’t think of any sweets that begins with the letter “O” other Oreos lol

  • Jack_Package

    And I’m just sitting here waiting for Nougat….

  • David Bowline

    I’m going to invent a sweet treat and name it Olga’s Surprise. Then I’ll inundate the internet with the recipe.

    Yay me!

  • Koala

    Did some rudimentary research upon the pastry and sweets starting with O.

    Result: Oreo

    No other names available. Some rarities and newerheardofs exists but no viable options.

  • AndroidUser

    Android Oreo 🤔

    “…This phone could be a great flagship competitor. A 6-inch 4K AMOLED display dominates the whole front protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6, it has a 3500 mAh battery at its back, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 842, and most of all it will be the first phone to be released already with Android Oreo…”

  • Hans Tauriainen

    The next major Android update should be named Oreo. It’s a pretty good name.

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  • Ben

    Nutella is big in the UK so much so supermarkets now stock 1kg jars of it. My kids love it too!

    Back in the 90’s what are now known as Starburst sweets were named Opel Fruits so maybe… who knows what they will name the next Android OS will be called but Oreo is the most renowned worldwide

  • Ian Campbell

    how bout an Oreogasm. Combing the best of the two