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Google Android O could be called 'Oatmeal Cookie', not Android Oreo

What’s in a name? Well, everything.


Besides new features and improvements, what else do you look forward to on Android s new OS versions? In most of our cases, the dessert name it will carry. In what has become a tradition, people keep guessing what would be the name of the next Android version before it is officially announced. Now that we have been treated to what features to expect from Android O, speculations are rife as to it would be called. While Android Oreo is an easy guess, leaked codes of Android O suggest that the the new Android version could actually be called Oatmeal Cookie. Eww! Also Read - Google Android 12 for TV rolling out with some much-needed features: Check details

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A website called Myce found hints for the new name of Android O. The site points out ‘oc-dev’ mentioned multiple times in the code. The ‘oc-dev’ is also mentioned ‘OC-MR1’ in messages for Android O. Further dissecting the ‘OC’, it could stand for the Oatmeal Cookie. Though it s not the first time Oatmeal Cookie reference has been discovered. About a month ago, ‘oatmeal_cookie’ was spotted in a sample code used for a presentation slide at Google I/O. However, Myce s new discovery gives more fuel to the speculation. ALSO READ: Android O Developer Preview: Here s everything you need to know

Of course, Android Oatmeal Cookie isn t as fancy as Android Oreo, though it also completely depends upon your taste buds. Going ahead with Oreo would mean Google could form a corporate partnership like it had done with KitKat. ALSO READ: Android O Developer Preview: How to install the latest Android on Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

That said, Google very well knows the buzz around its nomenclature. Just last year, the company ran a poll to crowdsource the name of its Android N version. We all know that Nougat was the winner, much to the disappointment of Indian fans, who craved for Neyyappam, Nankhatai, and even Naan. ALSO READ: From Neyyappam to Nankhatai to Naan; Google ends crowdsourcing campaign for Android N name

In the meantime, Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Play, has continued to tease users about the next Android name. He tweeted a GIF of an Oreo cake suggesting it will be Oreo.

Well, we can still hope it s called Oreo, not because it s better than Oatmeal Cookie, but it s easy to pronounce. If you check for Oreo’s origins on Wikipedia, it even says, The origin of the name Oreo is unknown, but there are many hypotheses, including derivations from the French word ‘Or’, meaning gold (as early packaging was gold),[citation needed] or the Greek word ‘Oreo’, meaning beautiful, nice or well done.Others believe that the cookie was named Oreo because it was short and easy to pronounce.

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  • Published Date: June 23, 2017 9:48 AM IST

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