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Trivia: Why Does Google Name Its OS after Desserts?

January 9, 2012

Did you ever wonder why Google decided to christen their series of operating systems after desserts and sweet treats? First there was the Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and now, the Ice Cream Sandwich. They actually name it alphabetically as a way to take note of the chronological order of their updates.

But did you ever wonder why Google does it? Really, it started out as an inside joke for the brand. Lots of other companies are into the joke too—Microsoft uses city names and places, Apple after big cats (Cheetah, Jaguar, Panther, Lion, etc.).  In fact, when Steve Jobs first started NeXT Computers, his code name for it was Big Mac. Unfortunately, this caused a lawsuit and he had no choice but to succumb.

When asked why, this is what Google had to say:

“It’s kind of like an internal team thing, and we prefer to be a little bit — how should I say — a bit inscrutable in the matter, I’ll say,” said Randall Sarafa, a Google spokesman. “The obvious thing is that, yeah, the Android platform releases, they go by dessert names and by alphabetical order for the most part.”
“For the most part” because two versions of Android, 2.0 and 2.1, were both called Eclair. And because Google won’t say what it called the first two versions of Android, which you can assume started with “A” and “B.”

A bit more geekery before you get on with your day: Google actually has built statues of these various Android desserts. They sit on the lawn at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

To date, the company has built gigantic statues of their delicious Android sweets. They are currently sitting on the lawn of Google’s California headquarters.


Personally, I’m guessing the next update could be Jellybean or Kit Kat.