Google drops dessert codenames for Android and introduces new brand look

Google has today announced that it will be dropping dessert codenames for versions of Android, instead of sticking with plain old numbers. The firm has also announced a redesigned Android logo, changing the writing from green to black making it easier to read; it has also updated the look of its green robot which now has a “special place” in the logo.

In an attempt to become more global and inclusive, Google stated that it will drop the dessert codenames for its Android releases because they’re not easily understood by everyone around the world. Google highlighted, for example, that the letters ‘L’ and ‘R’ are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages; to those people, it wasn’t clear that Lollipop, when spoken aloud, was the version after KitKat. With future updates, the version number will be used alone. The new scheme will begin with Android 10 which has been operating under the name Android Q.

Commenting on the new Android logo and its decision to change the writing from green to black, Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android, said:

“It’s a small change, but we found the green was hard to read, especially for people with visual impairments. The logo is often paired with colors that can make it hard to see—so we came up with a new set of color combinations that improve contrast.”

The firm said that it will begin using the updated logo in the coming weeks with the final release of Android 10. Going forward, Android’s versioning scheme should be a lot easier for new and old users alike to keep track of.

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