Android Q has been in public beta for a few months now, but we're still yet to see the official release. Or a title.
Android Pie was unleashed on the world on August 7 2018, so its successor can't be too far off.
With that in mind, its time to make a final plea for the version name. Quince, dammit.
Ever since 1.1 Petit Four, the Android's version names have adhered to a dessert-related naming convention.
But as you may have noticed, that particular sweet treat doesn't begin with an 'A'. In fact, the alphabetical naming didn't start until Android 1.5 Cupcake, which was released in 2009.
Since then we have seen the likes of Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Nougat grace Android.
Of course, some letters are harder to work with than others. And we expect that's one of the reasons why some brand-names, such as Oreo and KitKat, have slipped in.
Here's a full list:
- Android 1.0 (2008) - No Version Name
- Android 1.1 (2009) - Petit Four
- Android 1.5 (2009) - Cupcake
- Android 1.6 (2009) - Donut
- Android 2.0 - 2.1 (2009) - Eclair
- Android 2.2 - 2.2.3 (2010) - Froyo
- Android 2.3 - 2.3.7 (2010) - Gingerbread
- Android 3.0 - 3.2.6 (2011) - Honeycomb
- Android 4.0 - 4.0.4 (2011) - Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1 - 4.3.1 (2012) - Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 - 4.4.4 (2013) - KitKat
- Android 5.0 - 5.1.1 (2014) - Lollipop
- Android 6.0 - 6.0.1 (2015) - Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 - 7.1.2 (2016) - Nougat
- Android 8.0 - 8.1 (2017) - Oreo
- Android 9.0 (2018) - Pie
'Q' is perhaps the most challenging letter yet. There just aren't many sweet options to choose from, even when it comes to corporate tie-ins.
There can't be many people who would be thrilled by Android Quik or Android Quality Street.
But there is one solid option.
It isn't just a fruit. It's a lifestyle.
As the monarch of the Barossa Maggie Beer taught us, quince paste is the perfect cheese accoutrements. It also makes the best jam, and I'm happy to fight you on that.
Quince is queen and its time for the Android world to acknowledge that truth.
If you have never tried quince, I challenge you to go forth and seek it out. Open your hearts, minds and taste buds to an imminent religious experience.
Once the sweet nectar of this blessed fruit brushes your tongue you will be enlightened and inspired to join me on my Android Quince crusade.
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But hey, if our Android overlords aren't down with it, Android Quiche would also be deliciously acceptable. However, its doubtful that a move away from sweets will happen at this point.
Considering that Pie was already out this time last year, we probably don't have long to find out.
This strongly suggests an imminent drop, which means we'll all be getting access to the likes of increased security, desktop functionality, dark mode and foldable support.
And while quality of daily usage is fine and all, the name reveal is admittedly what we are frothing most right now.