Google Confirms Android Q as Android 10

The Internet Search Giant, Google has confirmed that the next release of Android, codenamed Android Q, will be called Android 10. Google also introduced design changes to the Android logo and the mascot.

Since 2008, Android has seen numerous updates which have incrementally improved the operating system, adding new features and fixing bugs in previous releases. Each major release is named in alphabetical order after a dessert or sugary treat, with the first few Android versions being called "Cupcake", "Donut", "Eclair", and "Froyo", – but things have changed, last Thursday, Google has announced that its next Android update will be called Android 10, breaking from a tradition that lasted 10 years.

Android Q Beta6 home screen with Pixel Launcher
Android Q Beta6 home screen with Pixel Launcher
Android 10 (codenamed Android Q during development) is the upcoming tenth major release and the 17th version of the Android mobile operating system. It is currently in public beta and the final release of Android 10 is scheduled for release in Q3 of 2019. – Source: Wikipedia

Google said it decided on changing to Android codename because the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community. It said its commitments to billions of Android users entail using names that “are clear and relatable for everyone in the world.”

“So, this next release of Android will simply use the version number and be called Android 10,” Google said.The other changes are being done to the Android logo and mascot. The Android robot has been the company mascot since the very first release. Over the years, the robot changed colors from a yellowish-green to a lemon green and now finally to bluish-green.

Google says the change in color is more than aesthetic and is in line with the company policy to make Android more accessible. The previous green color wasn’t visible to those with color blindness, and green-red blindness is the most common type of color blindness. By adding more blue to the green, it improves the visibility for those who are unable to see the color properly.

The new update will start arriving on smartphones in the coming weeks. However, HMD Global has announced 17 devices that will be getting Android 10.
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