Android 14’s codename looks confirmed as the only U-dessert anyone could think of

With a lack of opportunities, your first guess was probably right

Android 13 is very much still under development (as we are not waiting so patiently for Beta 1 to finally land), but even with its stable release still months away, the pieces are already starting to fall into place for Android versions that are further. One question we’ve been asking for a while now is which dessert begins with the letter U that can be chosen as the development code name for Android 14 – and it’s not like there are a ton of obvious U-names to choose from. between. Today we finally get our answer, with Android 14 set to go by the codename Upside Down Cake.

Google formally clarifies the code name in some recent comments added to AOSP (spotted by 9to5Google). Honestly, this is the first U-dessert we thought of and mentioned it as a likely option when the confirmation arrived for Android 13s Tiramisu name. Even getting our U from “upside down” feels like a bit of a cheat, but it’s not like there were a ton of other obvious options. If we start going international with our dessert menu, it may start to open things up a bit, but in the end, it’s not at all surprising to see Google go in that direction.

Dessert names used to be a much more prominent part of new Android releases, and you will still hear longtime users lovingly refer to previous versions like Lollipop or ICS. Even when we were not talking about the dessert itself, it was still common to refer to its letter: Android M or Android Q. But for the launch of Android 10 in 2019, Google took a step back from this association and instead embraced the numerical version as the preferred way to talk about Android.

That shift made a lot of sense – it’s clean, it’s accessible and is really just a lot more professional sounding – but for those of us who long for the days when there was just a little more “fun” in Android development, at least the desserts live on as internal code names.

Android 15 is far away, but is there anyone who will bet on what our V-name might be? Vanilla-something could be obvious, or will Google take us in a new direction? Your guess is as good as ours.


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