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We asked, you told us: Android P will be called...

Android P is coming fast but no one knows the name just yet. Popsicle? Peppermint? Pie? We put the vote to the people - here's what you said.

Published onApril 21, 2018

Android P is coming fast, with the developer preview already out, and we expect to know more about the confectionary-based name of the coming Android operating system upgrade during a keynote at Google I/O 2018.

Android has been released numerically and alphabetically ever since Android 1.5, or Cupcake. Since then, along with the numerical increment, there’s been a name; a tasty sweet-treat that leaves enthusiasts (and journalists!) everywhere just a little hungry.

Here’s a short and delicious trip down memory lane:

Previous Android version names (versions 1.0 and 1.1 didn’t have release codenames):

    • Android 1.5 Cupcake
    • Android 1.6 Donut
    • Android 2.2 Eclair
    • Android 2.2 Froyo
    • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
    • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
    • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
    • Android 4.4 KitKat
Android Kitkat

So what will Android P be named? There’s not a completely obvious P dessert, sweet, or candy that leaps out to make a claim. History tells us Google isn’t afraid to cross-license a popular snack, which they did for both Android 4.4 (KitKat) and Android 8.0 (Oreo), but even then, the choices are not easy. And we think Android (Reece’s) Pieces is just a bridge too far.

The results:

We decided to ask as many of you as possible so we could get an accurate idea of the top two options from our Android community, putting it to you here on the website, on Twitter, and via our YouTube community poll. Together we amassed more than 46,000 votes, and here are the results (note that Twitter only allows four voting options):

The winner is … Android Peppermint!

Peppermint candy

Android Peppermint was a clear standout across all three votes. YouTubers gave Peppermint a fresh 46 percent of the vote, whereas Twitter fans were a little more divided, only giving Peppermint 31 percent. The battle for second was very tight, but Pancake managed to hold second in all three polls, just ahead of Popsicle and Pie, with opinion split over the better option for third or fourth.

We bundled everything we could think of for pie (Pecan, Pumpkin, Pineapple, Peach…) but at least one comment pointed out that Pineapple might not be exactly what Google will be going for. Anyone else remember when Key Lime Pie was going to be Android 4.4’s name given that Kitkat would need licensing?

Spare a thought for Parfait, too, the clear loser on the day. Despite being one of the great versatile desserts, it managed just 3 percent of votes in the two polls that had it. The next time you’re craving a multi-alternate-icecream-custard-syrup-fruit dessert, you’ll be sorry!

But the winner Android Peppermint was our top performer, even if the comments told us just how many options Google have up their sleeve – from regional specialties like Australia/New Zealand’s Pavlova to a sub-continental sweet dish in Pongal.

Here are some of the best alternative from the crowd that we didn’t have up for the vote:

  • Popcorn
  • Peanut Butter
  • Poptart
  • Profiterole
  • Pistachio
  • Praline
  • Pez

And just two of the best comments:

  • “Do people that say PineAPPLE hear themselves?”
  • “The better question is, what heck will Android Q be called?”

That second guy has a point. Quince? …Quality Street? The options are few!

Thanks for voting, and keep your eyes out for when Android P does launch in case you were right, and need to let everyone know!

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