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Android 15 goes cold and creamy for its dessert-themed code name

Android's future looks a bit vanilla.

Published onMarch 3, 2023

An Android robot outside a Google building.
  • Android 15’s dessert-themed code name has dropped.
  • The next major OS update after Android 14 is known internally as Vanilla Ice Cream.
  • The code name was found in the AOSP as a series of code changes.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a month since Google released the first Developer Preview of Android 14. As such, there’s a good chance that most of the people reading this have not had the opportunity to try out Android 14 yet. Despite the fact that Google is still working on the next major OS update, it’s already looking ahead and has given Android 14’s successor the codename Vanilla Ice Cream.

If you’ve been keeping up with the history of Android, then you know the OS is usually accompanied by a code name. You also likely know that Google has a penchant for giving its code names a dessert theme. For example, version 1.5 was known as Cupcake, the following update was called Donut, and version 2.0 was named Eclair.

In more recent years, unfortunately, Google has sort of downplayed these names, only using them for their initial dev-only status. As a result, you may not have known that Android 13 is called Tiramisu. And we found out last year that Android 14 is called Upside Down Cake.

Today, Mishaal Rahman revealed in a tweet that Android 15’s internal code name is Vanilla Ice Cream. This reveal happened to come a little earlier than usual. For reference, we learned Android 14’s code name in April 2022. If you’re wondering how this code name was discovered, it appears it was found in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) as a series of code changes.

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