Each major release is named in alphabetical order after a dessert or sugary treat, with the first few Android versions being called "Cupcake", "Donut", "Eclair", and "Froyo", in that order.
The company states that it has chose to change the naming scheme for its mobile operating system due to the earlier scheme wasn't always understood by everyone in the global community.
Google noted that because some letters in the English alphabet were not distinguishable when spoken in some languages, unnecessary confusion had been created in parts of the world. Starting with Android Q, we won't have Android Quesito and will instead just have Android 10. In the new design, Google says the logo draws inspiration from the most recognizable non-human member of the community, the Android robot.
But Google said it had ditched the naming scheme because it made it hard for consumers to know which version of the OS was the latest.
Firstly, Google is changing the color of "android" from green to black to make it easier to read. As far as the nomenclature is concerned, the company has confirmed that it will be using numbers in the future. "So when some people heard us say Android Lollipop out loud, it wasn't intuitively clear that it referred to the version after KitKat", said Sameer Samat VP of Android Product Management, Android.
We had eagerly been waiting on Google to announce which dessert it has chosen as the official name for the next iteration of Android, i.e Android Q. We also have a new logo and font to go with the name change. Google also mentions that Pies are not popular in many parts of the world and neither are marshmallows. The Android robot is actually part of the logo now, sitting next to or above the newly tweaked wordmark.
Just like iOS, it will be very easy for the users to understand the version and it will not by hard to pronounce either with the number-based system for Android OS.
It's clear at least some of the changes Google has been making to Android recently are meant to siphon off parts of the iOS user base.