Google has just released its Spring 2018 Wallpapers, and as well as reminding us about wholesome activities like flying a kite and riding a bike, there’s a potentially huge clue as to Android P‘s name.
As you can see from the image above, Google seems to want to get people thinking about popsicles, the American warm weather treat that us Brits know better as ice lollies. Popsicle just happens to begin with a ‘P’ and, well, you can probably guess where we’re going with this.
Working in favour of this argument is the fact that an Android Popsicle moniker wouldn’t require Google to ink a licensing deal with another major company. This is what it did way back when with Android KitKat and more recently with Android 8.0 Oreo. It’s also what would be required if, say, it wanted to dub its next mobile operating system Android Pop-Tart.
Having said that, throwing a few shillings Kellogg’s way isn’t exactly going to worry a company of Google’s size and reputation, and we suspect the breakfast snack maker would be all-too-happy with the publicity boost.
Also on the side of Android Popsicle is the fact that, last year, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer teased us with a number of Oreo references. Many of us thought he was just having a laugh, but in the end, what did we get? Android Oreo.
And a final pro-Popsicle argument is that Google is holding its next developer conference, Google I/O 2018, this spring (May 8-11), so a lightly coded reference to popsicles at this time surely can’t be a coincidence?
An anti-Popsicle argument? Android’s global appeal means that Google might not want to name its next mobile OS after something so American, though the power of US pop culture means that most people are probably familiar with the term, even if they call their icy treats something different at home.
We’ll have to wait and see, of course, but things are now starting to look pretty juicy on the Android P rumours front.
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You can check out the rest of Google’s Spring 2018 Wallpapers here.
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