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Google: Android N could be named by a ‘soup eater’

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Is this the mastermind behind Android N's real name?

Google has just confirmed that Android N’s real name will be revealed “in a few weeks” – but who will decide the final moniker?

A new video has been posted to Android’s Twitter page, revealing what sort of person might ultimately brand the next version of Android. At this year’s I/O conference, Google launched a website where the public could submit their ideas – the most popular wins, naturally.

To give us a better idea of who might win, Google enlisted the help of John Smith, CEO of Professional Naming, Inc., that very real corporation that’s been a staple of the 'naming things' industry since, well, things first began. Here are some of the types of people that Smith suggested might name Android N:

  • Fireman
  • Nurse
  • Ballerina
  • Cowboy
  • Airplane pilot
  • That woman who lived behind our house in the woodpile for a while
  • Ornithologist
  • Philatelist
  • Soup kitchen worker
  • Person who makes soup
  • Soup eater

This is the first time Google has ever outsourced its Android branding to the general public. Until now, Google has named its Android versions after sweet treats, in ascending alphabetical order. Previous Android software names included: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Éclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), Jelly Bean (4.1), KitKat (4.4), Lollipop (5.0), and Marshmallow (6.0).


At the moment, Android Nutella appears to be one of the more popular names, but other potential names include: Nougat, Neapolitan Ice Cream, New York Cheesecake, Nut Brittle, Nerds, and a selection of Indian desserts like Nankhatai, Nolen Gur, and Namak Pare.

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What would you like Google’s next OS to be called? Let us know in the comments. And keep it clean, you filthy animals.

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