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Android P name may have leaked and it’ll drive Google fans nuts

Speculating over what Google will call its annual Android update has become one of the more fun fixtures in the tech calendar.

The company usually announces the letter, in this case Android 9.0 ‘P’, and then drops hints through the summer before the official unveiling. It is, of course, completely consequence-free, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Now Huawei might have spoiled all the fun. Judging by screenshots (via tabletowo) purportedly documenting a conversation with a Huawei support rep in Poland, the version will be called Android Pistachio.

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Pistachio? That’s not a sweet treat, it’s a savoury snack. This would represent a shift from Google, which is surprising given the top notch options on offer here. There’s Pumpkin Pie, Pez, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Pecan Pie, Peanut Butter, Pop Tart and Pancake for starters.

It’s entirely plausible that the support rep doesn’t have the inside skinny and is simply referring to the rumoured ‘Pistachio Ice Cream’ name given to the update at Google.

Related: Android P features

We won’t have long to wait for confirmation, given rumours the first phones running Android P will arrive as soon as next month.

What’s more important to Android, of course, is the feature set. Android 9.0 will offer support for notch displays, refined notifications, indoor locations in Google Maps, a new Wi-Fi protocol and a screenshot editor.

The Android P update will also debut a new Adaptive Applications feature that will optimise battery life by throttling applications you’re not using. There’s also an advanced Do Not Disturb feature and a Digital Wellbeing app that will monitor your screen time against your personal pre-sets.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the emoji are becoming inclusive of vegans. The salad emoji no longer has an egg. Thank heavens for that.

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