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.