Android 14 officially gets internal code name … Upside Down Cake

Google has unveiled the official codename for Android 14, which internally names the 2023 release “Upside Down Cake”.

Every year, Google releases its latest big release of Android a fun code name themed after a dessert that continues in alphabetical order. It used to be that these code names were also the official names of every version of Android, including memorable brand associations like Android KitKat and Android Oreo.

Things got a little more messy, as one might expect, with Android Q, a letter that is not an obvious choice for dessert. Google eventually joined Queen’s Cake for that year, but the public Android version name has since shifted to a simple number.

Internally, however, Google continues to have the practice of choosing dessert names for each release while it is under development. For example, Android 12 was known as “Snow Cone”, while this fall’s Android 13 release is referred to as “Tiramisu”.

In a new code change sent to the Android Open Source Project, it has been revealed that Google’s internal code name for Android 14 – what would have been “Android U” – is officially “Upside Down Cake.” In the code, this is stylized as a single word, “UpsideDownCake.”

Cake on your head, if you have not had the pleasure of trying one, is a cake where the decoration is placed in the bottom of a pan and the cake batter is poured on top. This is then baked and finally turned – ie “upside down” – to put the decorations on top again. The most common type of cake on the head involves thick slices of pineapple and maraschino cherries, but really, almost anything can be used for decoration and flavor.

Given that there are not too many desserts starting with the letter U, it’s not very surprising that Google chose Upside Down Cake to be the codename for Android 14. Still, it’s nice to see the codename confirmed, indicating that the development of Android 14 is clearly underway.

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