Google to serve next version of Android as 'Oreo"

Google to serve next version of Android as 'Oreo"
A sculpture of the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is unveiled Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. Oreo boasts several new features, including the ability to respond to notifications directly on a phone's home screen and the ability to access apps without installing them on a device. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

An upcoming update to Google's Android software finally has a delectable name. The next version will be known as Oreo, extending Google's tradition of naming each version after a sweet treat.

Google anointed the software Monday after spending the past few months referring to it as "Android O."

Oreo boasts several , including the ability to respond to notifications directly on a phone's and the ability to access apps without installing them on a device.

The free software is scheduled to be released this fall, most likely after making its debut on a new Pixel phone that Google is expected to begin selling in October.

The nicknames for earlier Android versions have included Nougat, Marshmallow, and Lollipop.

Google and Oreo's maker, Mondelez, referred to their deal as a partnership, rather than a sponsorship, as no money was exchanged.

Google has named Android after a brand before: The 2013 version was known as Kit Kat. Financial terms weren't disclosed for that.

Android is the world's most widely used mobile operating system.

Apple doesn't use names for its iOS system for iPhones, though the software for Mac computers is named after big cats and geographic locations in California.

Google to serve next version of Android as 'Oreo"
Sisters Courtney, left, and Ashley Chang pose for photos with friends next to the newly-unveiled sculpture of the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. Oreo boasts several new features, including the ability to respond to notifications directly on a phone's home screen and the ability to access apps without installing them on a device. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Aug 23, 2017
Why do they have to give these programs these sissy, pathetic, childish names? How OLD are the people using it, all under 12 years?

Aug 24, 2017
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Oreo = Black on the outside, white on the inside; nothing but zeroes and ones arranged in various patterns.

Aug 29, 2017
Seems like Chips Ahoy would be more apropriate

Aug 29, 2017
Why do they have to give these programs these sissy, pathetic, childish names?

Because programmers are constantly surrounded by numbers (major version, minor versions, bugfix numbers, release numbers, build numbers, ...) At some point you get fed up and need a quick identifier. And since these versionnames only last so long before being supplanted it makes little sense to invent a new word each time. So you just grab a random word and stick to it.

I've seen it everywhere in the programming and IT community. Servers named after types of wine, robots from movies, colors, star wars figures,...you name it. Android just happens to name theirs after sweet snacks.

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