Honeycomb is the only Android version never officially released for smartphones
Google’s 2017 smartphone OS i.e. Android 8.0 Oreo is spreading like wildfire. Starting its release journey from Nexus and Pixel devices, it’s now even hitting mid-range devices. Well of course if the manufacturers release it. Xiaomi’s Mi A1 was one of the first midranger devices to get the taste of Android Oreo.
Most of us haven’t even got our hands on Android Oreo yet and Google has started working on its 2018’s iteration of Android i.e. Android 9.0 P. Why P? Well, Google follows an alphabetical order for naming its Android version which started from Android Cupcake. So, what is going to be the name of Android P? Let’s find out.
What will Google name Android P?
As you know Google always names its Android iterations after the name of desserts. You see a complete list of all the Android versions with names and release date below:
|Cupcake||1.5||April 27, 2009|
|Donut||1.6||September 15, 2009|
|Eclair||2.0 – 2.1||October 26, 2009|
|Froyo||2.2 – 2.2.3||May 20, 2010|
|Gingerbread||2.3 – 2.3.7||December 6, 2010|
|Honeycomb||3.0 – 3.2.6||February 22, 2011|
|Ice Cream Sandwich||4.0 – 4.0.4||October 18, 2011|
|Jelly Bean||4.1 – 4.3.1||July 9, 2012|
|KitKat||4.4 – 4.4.4||October 31, 2013|
|Lollipop||5.0 – 5.1.1||November 12, 2014|
|Marshmallow||6.0 – 6.0.1||October 5, 2015|
|Nougat||7.0 – 7.1.2||August 22, 2016|
|Oreo||8.0 – 8.1||August 21, 2017|
To predict Android P’s name, we found 14 desserts. Please note that this is not an official list. What we did was going through the web and gathered a list of possible desserts starting with letter P that Google can consider. Google might adopt one for the next major Android version which would release in 2018.
1 Android 9.0 Pancake
Who doesn’t loves Pancakes? That’s the reason why it’s one of the most popular dishes in America. Not even America, you can literally see it in people’s mouth in many countries across the globe. Due to its appeal, demand, and love among people, Pancake could be another eligible candidate in Android codename series.
2 Android 9.0 Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta is a kind of pudding which is originated from Italy. Due to people’s love for pudding all around the world, we won’t be shocked to see it grab the crown in Android world this year.
3 Android 9.0 Parfait
Parfait is a French sweet dish which means ‘Perfect’ in English. But the important question is can it become the perfect Android name choice for 2018? We will have to see!
4 Android 9.0 Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle is a hard sugar candy with embedded peanuts on its surface. This dessert is so loved by people that it even has its own day called National Peanut Brittle Day, which is celebrated on January 26.
5 Android 9.0 Peanut Butter Cookie
It’s yet another sweet made with peanut to fall on this list. Due to its nutritive qualities, Peanut Butter mostly acts as a great food for workout addicts. Butter Cookies are highly liked by people of all ages but can it satisfy cravings of techies? Let’s see what happens.
6 Android 9.0 Peda
India has a huge number of Android users. Even the Indian Android fanbase is so huge that their number holds a significant place in the world’s total Android users chart. People of India have been desperately urging Google to give Android an Indian name for a long time. For instance, at the time of Android N, which was later announced as Android Nougat, Indian Android lovers wanted it to be named Android Nankhatai.
Peda is yet another highly love sweet in India. Let’s see if Google consider naming Android after an Indian sweet dish name this year.
QUCIK FACT: Android hasn’t always been named after sweets. Codenames like Astro Boy, Bender, and even R2-D2 have been seen in early-developmental builds of Android.
7 Android 9.0 Popsicle
If Google chooses Popsicle to name its Android OS this year then it will be the first time Google will name Android after a frozen dessert’s name. Popsicle isn’t actually a dessert, it’s a brand name in real life which is used to promote frozen flavored ice.
8 Android 9.0 Pastille
Pastilles are hard, chewy candies which are highly popular in the UK. These small treats are often covered with powdered sugar. This name doesn’t have any special quality to qualify for Android’s codename this year, apart from its color variety which is very suitable for Android 9’s material design.
9 Android 9.0 Pound Cake
It’s one of the best appetizers in Europe and America. Google doesn’t have any special advantage of using this name for Android this year. Though its roots and historical significance in America, Android Pound Cake won’t be a bad choice.
10 Android 9.0 Puff Pastry
For most people, one of the best ways to satisfy their sweet tooth is to have a piece of puff pastry. In fact, it’s not even a dessert in technical terms. We don’t see any reason Google using this name for Android 9.0 but who knows what happens.
11 Android 9.0 Praline
This sweet dish which was originated in Belgium is loved by Americans and French a lot. It’s a combination of nuts, chocolate, and sugar. The only reason why Google would consider this name according to us is due to its length. This name is short and sweet.
That was all about eligible names for next Android iteration. Let’s proceed further with some leaks and rumors related to Android 9.0 and its features.
Android 9.0 Leaks, Rumors, and Features
iPhone X like Notch
Bloomberg technology recently reported that they got some inside information that the next version of Android which is presumably going to be Android P is going to have a couple of interesting features.
Google’s next Android overhaul will embrace the iPhone’s Notch so Bloomberg claims that Google is gearing up to build in support for the notch type features and a couple of other things. There was obviously an Android phone that came out before the iPhone X which included the notch and that is the Essential Phone.
Google is going to incorporate an Android P software that makes it easier for app developers basically to work around the notch to optimize their apps for it which is something that’s been a bit of an issue on the Essential Phone so far.
A lot of people were claiming that the main reason Google is doing it is that Essential did it first. We think the main reason is they’re trying to win over iPhone users because Apple went with this aesthetic. Essential only sold 80,000 units in 2017 of the Essential Phone and probably a lot of those were sold at Sprint stores.
A lot of companies in the Android space are going to go with a notch as well the question everyone is going to have is whether or not Google is thinking about adding a notch into the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.
Samsung is on a totally different road with their Galaxy phones with their own implementing a bezel-less design.
Improved Google Assistant
The next thing that is highly rumored is an improved Google Assistant in Android P. We can expect to see more Google Assistant integrated into Android P. One of the big claims is that Google assistant might replace things like the Google search right here if you tap on the Google search bar on Android or you go right into a Google search you might go right into Google assistant and it will do the searching for you.
Other integration features like allowing various app developers to integrate Google Assistant directly into their APK.
Major Design Changes
Some other rumors suggest that there’s going to be a major UI overhaul in Android P. Which means huge design changes. This could have something to do with the material design too that was discovered in some leaks lately. The incorporation of the new material design to Android P will really make it a steal deal.
Android fragmentation has been a huge issue in Android history and it is getting worse. Older versions of Android are the major victims of this issue. It is a very alarming situation since some reports say nearly half of all Android devices in the world are outdated from more than 2 years.
This means approximately a billion devices aren’t running the latest software. Now we have to wait for Android P and see if Google really fixes that this year once and for all, as fragmentation is bad for the device security as well as performance.
Improved picture-in-picture support
Picture-in-picture was originally debuted with the release of Android Oreo in 2017. We appreciate the fact that Google tried to bring a new Android exclusive feature but the downside is that not all of Google’s native apps still support it. Without proper support, it’s of no use for most people. We expect to picture-in-picture support for all the inbuilt Google apps with Android P.
Android P release date
Based on Google’s release schedule in previous years, Google is likely to unveil Android P on 9 March 2018 at Google I/O.
— Google Developers (@googledevs) January 24, 2018
Of course, we are not talking about the final build. It will be the public beta version for developers to preview what the final product will look like so that they can start preparing their apps for the next iteration.
When will my phone get Android 9.0?
Although Android 9.0 will be released in August 2018, it won’t be immediately available for all Android devices. The update will first be available to Google Pixel devices as always, then Android One devices and then we’ll start to see new phones arriving with Android P out of the box at September’s IFA 2018 show.
Android updates are rolled out by phone manufacturers and network operators rather than Google itself because any Android updates must first be tweaked to work with any customizations they have made.
Those with vanilla interfaces such as Nokia, which has already confirmed Android P updates for all 2017 phones, will be among the first to roll out the update, then the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, and HTC will begin rolling out Android 9.0 in late 2018 or early 2019.
Also, there’s no guarantee that your device will be updated to Android 9.0. Everything depends on your device’s manufacturer so bummer for non-Pixel device owners.