None could miss how Android, which powers world’s 95 percent of smart mobile phones, has named its version after desserts. First came Cupcake that was followed by an array of mouth-watering confectionaries, namely, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, the Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean, Kit Kat, lollipop, and the most recent, Nougat, a sweet made from honey, egg white, and nuts. The cult of Inside joke
The story that led to the naming of Android version after desserts starts with tech-world inside joke-a start-up thing. The first big tech company that followed such pattern was, albeit internally, was Microsoft. Windows, the operating systems that runs almost 90 percent of world computers, at first were named after cities-Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and Memphis was the name of Windows 95, Windows 95 OSR 2, Windows 96, which was not launched, and Windows 98 respectively. Apple, the other tech giant, has his own unique set of names; however, it followed the names of animals. Cheetah. Puma. Jaguar. Panther. Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard, all are the names of its operating system in a chronological order. Unlike Microsoft, Apple, not just internally, officially named its OS after animals. Moreover, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, once named its computer BigMac; however, it invited a lawsuit, and the name had to be relinquished. Given the precedent, the names do not look awkward that Android named its after confectioneries. After all, names are not random, and do follow a pattern, all are in alphabetical order, maintaining the chronological order of the updates. What all one can do is guess to answer why desserts were chosen. It seems, indeed someone powerful in Android is a foodie, who likes sweetened desserts and like to distribute free OS that supports every type of smart mobile phones, be it dual sim mobiles or a standard one. Google’s Take
And Google has not helped to explain the rationale behind. When Google spokesperson asked about Android naming mystery, the following was told: It is kind of like an internal team thing, and we prefer to be a little bit inscrutable in the matter. The obvious thing is that, yeah, the Android platform releases, they go by dessert names and by alphabetical order for the most part. It seems, we have to wait until a co-founder releases a biography, and finally clear the air around it. Until then we can only guess. However, it really does not matter what Android names its version after, as long as they remain free.