Tiramisu Android Still To Serve But The Next Version Of Google Os Already Has A Name


Before Google took the boring digital BOM bandwagon for its annual Android releases, it stood out from the pack — of three — by giving its annual OS updates “sweet” names, such as Pie, Kit Kat, Oreo, etc.

The practice started in 2009 with the release of Android 1.5, or Android Cupcake. Since then, Google’s Android versions have sported the names of popular sweets, in alphabetical order. For the first few years, Google’s release schedule was a hodgepodge, with new releases — replete with new names — coming out every few months. Eight major versions of Android were released over a 40-month period between April 2009 and July 2012 before settling into an annual pattern.

That all came to a halt in 2019 with the release of Android 10. Since then, Google has stuck to the numbers for its annual releases, but it seems someone at Google has a sweet tooth, as the practice of… to use internal codenames based on desserts for Android in development continued. Android 10 was internally called Quince Tart, Android 11 was “Red Velvet Cake”, Android 12 was codenamed “Snow Cone”, while Android 13, which will be unveiled tomorrow at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View in California, was nicknamed “Tiramisu”.

Google has still been serving Android “Tiramisu” – as it will no doubt be popularly called – to its customers, but reports suggest the tech giant has already started cooking up the next sweet version of its operating system. Or at least someone at Google already has a name for it.

According to 9to5Google, an eagle-eyed observer spotted the name “Upside Down Cake” in the codebase of Android 14 (or Android U, if you prefer). An upside-down cake is exactly what it sounds like – an upside-down baked cake. Now I can’t cook to save my life, so I had to search online for the method. According to the all-knowing Internet, an upside-down cake is baked “in a single pan, with its toppings in the bottom of the pan. When removed from the oven, the finished concoction upside down is flipped and fleshed onto a serving platter, served “right side up”.

Looks like a coder at Google not only has a sweet tooth, but also a sense of humor – by returning to digital releases, Google has reversed its naming scheme.

Android versions based on desserts till date

Android version name Release
1.5 Cupcake April 2009
1.6 Donut September 2009
2.0 Flash October 2009
2.2 Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) May 2010
2.3 gingerbread December 2010
3.0 Honeycomb February 2011
4.0 ice cream sandwich October 2011
4.1 Jelly Bean July 2012
4.4 KitKat October 2013
5.0 Lollipop November 2014
6.0 Marshmallow October 2012
7.0 Nougat August 2016
8.0 Oreo August 2017
9.0 Tart August 2018
10 Code name Quince Tart September 2019
11 Codename Red Velvet Cake September 2020
12 Codename Snow Cone October 2021
13 Code name Tiramisu Later in 2022

The Android 13 “Tiramisu” release date is expected to be announced at Google I/O tomorrow and is expected to be between August and October this year. As has been the case every year since the Pixel line debuted in 2016, Google’s own smartphones will be the first to get Android 13, followed by other manufacturers over the next few months. Google has already released the list of eligible Pixel smartphones – Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Flagship smartphones released since 2021 by Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo will get the latest Android iteration, while Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, its Redmi brand, and POCO have also released a list of their smartphones that will be eligible for Android 13.

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