Sep 11th, 2013 publishUpdated   Sep 10th, 2021, 5:11 pm


In 2009, Android enthusiasts got their first tastes of Cupcake and Donut. At that time, I predicted all of the Android OS names from E through Z, suggesting that K would stand for Kiwi rather than the rumored Key Lime Pie and eventual/actual KitKat. With Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean, and Kit Kat now in the books – just for fun – I’m revising my predictions.

Official names in Green, predictions in Red, future predictions in Black.

  • Cupcake
  • Donut
  • Eclair (Eclair)
  • Froyo (Frosting)
  • Gingerbread (Gelato)
  • Honeycomb (Honey)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Icing)
  • Jellybean (Jelly)
  • Kit Kat (Kiwi)
  • Lollipop (or Lemon Meringue Pie) (Lemon)
  • Marshmallow (Marshmellow)
  • Nougat [Noodle (Nerds would be hilarious)]
  • Oreo (or Oatmeal Cookie) Orange (Oreo would be better!)
  • Peppermint (or Popsicle, but I’d prefer PayDay) (Pudding)
  • Queen Cake [Quince (White men can’t jump / Jeopardy!)]
  • Rocky Road (or Reese’s Pieces) [RockyRoad (uhoh, bad foreshadowing!)]
  • Strawberry Shortcake (or Sorbet, or Somosa for a nod to India) (Sundae)
  • Twinkee (or Twizzler) Taffee (Twinkee!)
  • UDC UDC (upside-down-cake)
  • Vanilla (Vanilla)
  • Waffle Cone (or Wedding Cake as Android and Chrome Merge, but would love to see a Willy Wonka Bar) (Waffle)
  • Xmas Cookies (or maybe XiBing which is Chinese depending on the status of Microsoft’s Bing) Xmas Cookies?
  • Yogurt (Yogurt)
  • Zebra Cake (Zebra Cake)

I’ve got a pretty good track record! Successfully guessing Eclair and getting the first parts of H, I, and J with Honey, Icing, and Jelly isn’t bad at all. Now that we know Google’s naming tradition a bit more intimately, I want to make sure I cast my ballot ahead of time so I can again say, “told ya so!”

I was most torn between L and P. Given that Google passed on “Key Lime Pie” I figured they were saving a “Pie” for elsewhere in their list. That would suggest Lemon Mirangue Pie, but a lollipop seems too perfect for an Android statue. And aren’t a lollipop statue and popsicle statue too similar in stature and alphabet to use them both? Obviously, I’m over-thinking this, but I bet the Google team goes even more in depth!

For quite obvious reasons, X, Y, and Z seem the most difficult. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few non-English desserts tossed into the mix.

Post your own guesses in the comments!

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