Next Android Version Will Be Named Lollipop

With just a few hours left until Google I/O 2014 is set to kick off, lots of info on the products that have yet to be announced continues to leak online.Android Lollipop logo

It’s only been a day since the first screenshots showing the so-called Android “L” emerged on the Internet and now it looks like we have the first indication of how the next version of the mobile platform will be named.

According to Twitter account, the next version of Android will be called Lollipop. There’s also an image posted that shows the OS’s logo.

Obviously, no other details have been shared regarding Android Lollipop, but we already know that the new platform will be previewed later today by Google’s Head of Android, Sundar Pichai.

Although Lollipop will be officially announced today, it will not be available for download for Nexus owners, as Goggle has confirmed that the new iteration will only be released for the masses later this fall. This way, most handset manufacturers will have time to prepare updates for their products in time for the holiday.

New smartphones powered by Android Lollipop may also make their way on the market by the end of the year, other than the usual Nexus handset that Google launches along with a new version of Android.

Android version history

The version history of the Android mobile operating system began with the release of the Android beta in November 2007. The first commercial version, Android 1.0, was released in September 2008. Android is under ongoing development by Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), and has seen a number of updates to its base operating system since its initial release.

Since April 2009, Android versions have been developed under a confectionery-themed code name and released in alphabetical order:

  • Alpha “Apple Pie” (1.0)
  • Beta “Petit Four” (1.1)
  • Cupcake (1.5)
  • Doughnut (1.6)
  • Eclair (2.0–2.1)
  • Froyo (2.2–2.2.3)
  • Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7)
  • Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4)
  • Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3.1)
  • KitKat (4.4–4.4.4)
  • “L” Release (Developer preview)