The great Chennai native took some time to talk about the future of Android at his recent Q&A session held at the University of Delhi. Besides answering questions regarding some of India’s best-sporting pastimes, he also touched on how Google will choose to name the follow-up to Android Marshmallow, which by habit should follow the letters of the Alphabet.
Being relatively candid on the subject, Pichai jests that he’ll take his mum’s considerations when the time comes to name Android N, though it won’t only be her he’ll be looking to; supposedly, Google will also run an online poll to help decide if the N stands for Nougat, Nutella or something entirely different.
Speaking mainly to an Indian crowd, one of the attendees asked about why there has never been an Android version named after sweets and desserts from India, Google’s CEO replied “When I meet my mom, I’ll ask her for suggestions”
He added the following regarding the next nickname:
“Maybe what I’ll do next time, is when we’re working on the next release of Android, Android N, maybe we’ll do an online poll on what the name should be. And if all Indians vote…. I think we can make it happen!”
From the super sweet list below, it’ll be tough to see anything other than something sweet make the list:
Ice Cream Sandwich
Android is widely adopted across the globe and while most of these nicknames have their namesake desserts/sweets originating from western countries, maybe Google will let globalisation do its own thing, allowing international sweets to be a part of the fun.
Heck maybe when the list continues along the alphabet, you’ll see an Android (O)nde-Onde or Android (P)isang Goreng – okay that probably won’t happen but we’ll keep on wishing.
Here’s the entire Q&A session on video:
*The naming session begins at 47:11*