Google employee seemingly confirms Key Lime Pie name with clever drawing


There hasn’t been much resistance to the belief that Key Lime Pie would be the name for the next major version of Android, but we may have just gotten confirmation for those who might still be iffy about it. A Google employee by the name of Manu Cornet took the time to draw out a a graphic showing the “evolution of Android,” of sorts. The graphic depicts the growth and evolution cycle of an Android robot that isn’t unlike the classic “monkey to man” depiction we see for the human race.

Obviously, the Android robot (whose name is The Bugdroid, in case you still haven’t heard) doesn’t change much in appearance over time. The most recent step in the evolution timeline has the little guy chomping on some delicious key lime pie, though. While this might not be hard confirmation it at least shows that the name is popular enough around the Mountain View offices to warrant time spent on this great illustration.

The graphic cleverly tells the story of how Android started off small and rough, but has since triumphantly developed into a big, bold and confident operating system. Some folks point out that the Android didn’t start to get “fully erect” (ie, lose its hunchback) until Ice Cream Sandwich. This would coincide with the point of the evolution of man timeline where the subject becomes a being far superior to the monkey it started off as.

That sort of connection suggests this particular Google employee believes Android started really coming into its own with Ice Cream Sandwich, and we’d be hard-pressed to disagree. Perhaps we’re reading a bit too much into this thing, though, so we’ll stop right there.

The only question is how big of a leap are we going to see from 4.2 in terms of its version number, and when can we expect it? Well, much of the world is still awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean so I guess it’s not wise to get too far ahead of ourselves here. Take a nice, long look at the graphic for yourself above.


Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Let’s get on making this a shirt!!

    1. You’d have to get a new one every 6 months haha

      1. How many times a year do you buy a new shirt??

        1. Once. Why do I need to keep buying shirts? I’m not growing anymore. I have like 20-30 different shirts. That’s almost one shirt for each day of the month. LoL!!

        2. LMFAO apparently twice a year LOL

    2. Can’t you just have someone print the graphic for a price? Like isn’t there a place where you can send in a graphic and pay for them to put it on? IDK… I’d lyk this on a shirt too.

  2. Facebook cover photo!

    1. Ingenious!!

  3. damn that’s cute. brings back the memories of ANXIOUSLY waiting for Eclair on the Motorola Cliq and waking up at 4 in the morning to update it before catching the bus to school :’)

  4. Where is KLP? My Nexus wants it. JB is feeling dated already!

    1. It’s your Nexus that should feel dated, not the OS. Completely absent radio technology that has spread out country-wide over the past 2 years.

      1. So how many different places have LTE besides the US in it’s 2 carriers that would need specific radios? This question is more serious than it is sarcastic. =.S

        1. “besides the US”


          Besides humans, who uses smartphones?

        2. Canada.. we have much more extensive coverage up here (also because we have waaaay less big cities and populated areas… soo pretty much we have lower ontario covered and the vancouver area.. but its really good here in ontario.

        3. That’s over half the US population, including me, which their main competitor has no problem supporting.

  5. Bugdroid has a name? I always called him Andy

    1. Name? I thought Bugdroid was the name.
      AC.com calls him Lloyd
      I could call him ‘Roid.

    2. CM’s mascot was named Andy. Since it used a similar “android” image, people simply assumed Google’s android was “the same guy”.

      Still not used to Cid(?). Meh…

      1. I hate Cid. Especially the skateboard, which makes Cyanogenmod look immature. Just my opinion.

    3. When I asked the Android team this back in 2009 they only call him BugDroid in frustration when coding.

      They actually call the Android robot Droid or Mike and the actual statue in front of Building 44 at the Plex is called BigDroid


  6. I was hoping it would be kolache. Next stop: licorice

    Or lollypop.

    1. I like Liquorice

    2. Virtually no-one knows what a kolacky is…or even how to spell it. ;-)

      1. good thing because most people could care less. Key lime pie is better and more people know about it.

    3. Give me a break! I hoped it would be KitKat.

  7. Very nice…

  8. I’m sure I remember saying a while ago that Google seem to just take whatever names the public give them for their versions…

    This pretty much proves it..

    1. Then let’s name “L”. Who’s down for Lemon Creme?

      1. I’m guessing lollipop.

        1. lemon sherbet or licorice

          1. They could stick with pies and go with Lemon Meringue…

        2. Lollipop and Liquorice are good bets, I’d say…

          1. Yeah, “L’s” an easy one.

        3. Hope not. Too dirty, if you know what I mean.

          1. I can just imagine the wallpapers that would spawn…

          2. And Andy’s head would have to be changed too. Licka Droid. Fits every bitten apple’s hole.

          3. I have no idea what you mean O_o

        4. Licorice or Lemon Drop. That’s what I’m thinking they’ll go with.

      2. Rather than Lemon Creme…how about Lemon Sherbet?

  9. So glad that my 2 Nexus 4s have shipped. Cannot wait to get these updates as they happen.

  10. In the next round we will see a pudgy android and then an obese android…(hopefully only in the drawing and not the actual software)