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What codename will Google use for Android Q? (Update: No codename)

Google has just confirmed that Android 9.0 will use Pie as its official name, but what will it use for 2019's launch of Android Q?

Published onAugust 18, 2019

Update: August 22, 2019: As we revealed in our story on the rebranding of Android, Google has decided to not give Android Q a dessert code name, and the OS will only be called “Android 10”.

Original story: Google has officially launched the first preview version of Android Q, the next major update for the mobile operating system. However, we will still have to wait several more months before we learn the official public code name for Android Q. So, what will the next major Android update’s name be?

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Historically, Google has used the names of desserts, candy, treats, or cookies as the official codenames for big Android updates. The letter “Q” doesn’t offer many options if Google sticks to sweets, but it’s got a few names to pick from for Android Q when the time comes.


This may be the most obvious choice, at least from a branding perspective. Indeed, using the word “quiche” to describe a savory food is almost as open ended as “pie.” It even looks like a pie on the surface. This open flan is made of milk, eggs, and cheese, with your choice of meat, vegetables or seafood, all in a pie crust. While the name is little outside of the straight desserts, candy, or cookies trend, we think Google will lean towards using it for Android 10.0 Q.

Quaker Oats

Quaker Oats is perhaps the most well-known name in oatmeal. Many consider it a treat as well as a breakfast dish. Google has used trademark brand names before for previous Android versions; KitKat for Android 4.4 and, of course, Oreo for Android 8.0 which launched a year ago. However, Quaker Oats may also be too far away from Google’s confectionery branding.

Queen of Puddings

This traditional British dessert usually mixes raspberry jam and lemon, baked inside a breadcrumb-based crust, topped off with meringue. As you can see from the image above, it looks delicious and certainly fits with Google’s tradition of sweet food names. However, having three names for an Android code brand might be too much for Google to handle.


This tasty looking custard is popular in Brazil. It’s made of sugar, egg yolks, and ground coconut. Like our previous entry, it definitely fits in with Google’s tradition of sweet brand names. It remains to be seen if Google would use a non-English name for its Android branding, although there’s no real reason why not.


A qottab is an Iranian pastry with almonds or walnuts wrapped in a deep-fried exterior made of flour, sugar, and cardamon. It’s not an obvious choice for the Android 10.0 Q code name, but it’s certainly a memorable one. It also looks yummy.

What do you think Android Q should be called?

Google doesn’t really have many choices for picking Android Q codenames if it sticks with its sweets-only naming convention. Maybe it’ll pick a new kind of food for the next version of Android.

What do you think Google should call Android Q when the final version launches later this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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