key lime pie

Holy cow. The Android version name rumor-mill has been cranking at full steam for the last couple of months, and everyone seems pretty well-convinced that Jelly Bean is the chosen title for Google's next iteration of the mobile operating system. Way back in September, The Verge suggested that a "reliable source" had told them Jelly Bean was the real McCoy. Let's talk about what we know about Google's naming strategy so far with Android, and why anything but Jelly Bean would make almost no sense.

First, what names have there been? Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich. One thing all these names have in common is that they are generic. This immediately kills off two major possibilities for the "J" version of Android - Jell-O and Jujube - both of which are copyrighted product names. So they're off the table.

Aside from jelly roll or jawbreaker, there aren't many other "J" desserts. Jelly roll, let's be honest, sounds kind of weird anyway. There's also the fact that the last four versions of Android, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and ICS, are not pastries. So, it seems very possible that Google is moving away from that theme.

What about jawbreaker? Maybe, but given that Google was actually handing out jelly beans at MWC in Barcelona last week, we're not holding out on that one, either. Jelly bean, then, is the most obvious choice, and given how long we've gone without rumors of an alternative name, I'm pretty confident in it.

Then The Verge just had to go and talk to their "reliable source" again, and came up with Key Lime Pie as the successor to Jelly Bean. Now, think of any other desserts or sweets in common use in the USA that start with K. No proprietary product names, and no weird spellings. There really just isn't anything else. If it's not Key Lime Pie, I'll film myself smashing such a pie against my face. On YouTube. You can take that to the bank. I really think it's that obvious.

Next, version numbers. The way Android version numbers work is basically this: the version number you see on a release build of Android is not decided until very late in the development process. Internally, Google doesn't use the version numbers we see. They use build numbers (eg, ITL41F for the VZW Galaxy Nexus) and other systems that I don't claim to know or remotely understand the logic of. Basically, the next version of Android could be 5.0. It could be 4.5. It could be 4.1. We don't know. One thing we do know is that some VP at ASUS isn't on the Android development team.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Hal Motley

    Actually I really can't think of anything else beginning with K.

    Can you and Artem both smash pies into each others faces?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      With pleasure, on the next occasion.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

        I suddenly find myself hoping that Google goes a completely different route and maybe licenses the "Krispy Kreme" name just for the ensuing AP video from Artem and David.

    • Julius

      My vote would be fore Kettle corn. Has the added benefit of being a much easier dessert to give out as a promotion.

    • Taaz

      KULFI.... Kulfi is the next verion of android

  • nemolivier

    In US, wright, but in France (and some android dev are french) we have Kouign-amann : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kouign-amann
    Weird spelling… I know but kouing,amann is really, really, a great desert !

  • Hal Motley

    Still waiting though for Android to loop back to A and allow Android Apple Crumble. XD

  • MG

    There's a Greek desert called kataifi. I can't imagine them naming a version after it but it's the only other desert that starts with a K that comes to mind.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ISantop Ian

      Yeah, it'd be good, but people would say, "Android Kata-wha-fi?"

  • Kenny O

    Next version won't be 5.0, it's gonna be 4.0s

    • Hal Motley

      That's a terrible joke!

      Google would never use a stupid S letter on their version names.

      I would think that Jelly Bean would be 4.1 and Key Lime Pie would be 4.2 (like with Android 1.5 and 1.6, along with Android 2.2, 2.3) unless they keep their new version system where Honeycomb kept consistent for all the Android 3.x versions.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        That's what made it a joke.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

        Word is that 4.1 is already in testing so I don't think that will be JB (yes I am abbreviating it already). My money is on 5.0 but if they decide to go incremental, then I doubt it would be less than 4.5.

        • Deltaechoe

          I don't think it's such a far fetched idea, considering that going from 2.3 to 4.0 had some pretty major changes but 2.2 to 2.3 wasn't nearly as comprehensive

        • RajivK

          I think they'll want to ramp up the pace in numbering just like they do with chrome. It's not good for marketing if your OS is always a version number behind the competition. That's why the Xbox 2 was called the 360. It just wouldn't have worked marketing wise against the PS3. So my money is on 5.0 for jelly bean.

  • http://reviewedatrandom.com Paul Songer

    They would be insane to release 5 when so few people have 4. For marketing purposes alone it HAS to be an enhancement of 4.

    • protozeloz

      They would be insane to release 4.0 with not so many devices on 2.3 back march 2011. Its why we know the will release it around Q4 along with a new OS version captain obvious

  • Daniel C

    Kugel is not terribly uncommon in the US, depending on where you are. It's pretty tasty, too.

  • Dbagjones

    How about krimpets? Key Lime pie is definitely NOT the only dessert that begins with "k".

  • Shamalama

    Krullers are those donuts you see sometime...but they've already done a donut, and sometimes it's spelled with a C.

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshek Abhisshek

    Kheer is an Indian Sweet sound much better than KLP.


  • JPB

    Am I the only one to have eaten a Knickerbocker Glory?

    • Stevedroid

      Nope! Delicious, but perhaps a tad British...

      • Jimbob

        Not sure how to take that. It's not "a tad British". It is British, full-stop (sorry, "period"). But why would that be a problem? And why are people getting the idea that Google would only consider naming their OS iterations strictly after American desserts? It is such a typically American attitude to stick with what they know, and anything else, regardless of quality it seems, is seen as 'foreign and weird' and disregarded. It's just stubborn and insular. Unlike Americans it seems, the rest of the world likes learning about, well, the rest of the world. And if that means in the form of something as light-hearted as the name of an Android version, then great. I hope Google has more of an open-mind than the average American and chooses something a bit left-field such as the Knickerbocker Glory, if only to get Americans thinking about something outside their own country for once. Rant over.

        • Phreqd

          Considering that Google is a US company as is just about everything else popular on the internet (including the internet being created in the US), it makes sense that it's US-oriented. If you don't like it, start your own European websites and internet tubes. I'm sure they'll be just as popular......

        • Freak4Dell

          Why are you getting the idea that Google would consider naming their OS iterations after deserts that are foreign to them? Google is an American company. Their highest priority is the U.S. If you don't like that they name their products with American words, you're free to use products from some British company.

        • Jimbob

          I didn't say I didn't like them naming their Android versions after "American words" (seriously?). Please read more carefully. I had a problem with the general consensus on here that Google would only ever consider US-centric desserts (if anything they're more likely to choose international ones, like they done so far (apart from froyo)). Apart from the Android being sold world-wide (and China arguably being their highest priority right now), I think some people are overestimating the importance of this naming convention all together. It's not like it's a carefully considered brand name, chosen to maximise sales. It's just a light-hearted anomaly, creted simply to add a bit of fun to the version number of each Android iteration. This is why it doesn't really matter what they call it. The people at Google who choose these names would probably laugh at most of you for being so uptight. You really do give geeks a bad name. And the Knickerbocker Glory is not a "product" from a "British company". It's a British dessert.

          By the way Phreqd, the internet might have been created in the US by the US military to serve them. But the world wide web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee, a Brit. It's him who we should really thank for creating the way we're all connected today.

  • Martin

    You don't eat kulfi in the USA? Or kiwi fruit...maybe they'll choose a healthier dessert!

  • http://rmathur.com Rohan

    Kulfi, Kheer, us Indians have a lot of deserts that start with K :D

    • umer936

      I'm not a big fan of kulfi, but I love kheer! :D

      • Shiv

        Kulfi, Kheer, Kaju Katli, Karanji, Kesari, Kala Jamoon, Kalakand.. and I'm sure there are many more. Google should really start eating more Indian desserts. And who better to introduce them than Vic? :)

  • Freak4Dell

    I have a feeling Jelly Bean will be an incremental upgrade to ICS. KLP may be a new version altogether.

    Then again, I could be wrong, and they could jump to 13.0 with Jelly Bean.

  • Aaron

    Could be a kiwi something. (yum!)

  • Mitchell

    What about king cake. That would be a cool new orleans/mardi gras tribute!

    • Kenny O

      They could release it on Fat Tuesday.

  • Rob

    For J, what about just "Jelly"? =/
    I mean yeah, after those bowls of Jellybeans, it's obviously Jellybean, but I feel like you're just missing out the most obvious one.

    What about Kola Kubes for K?

    • Micah Madru

      Since when was jelly considered a dessert?

      • Rob

        Since forever? o_O

        • Chris Clark

          Jelly is just something to put on toast. It's a breakfast meal more than a dessert for most.

          Strawberry Jam, Grape Jelly, same difference.

        • Rob

          You put Jelly on toast? o_O;

        • Dward

          Not sure you guys are serious, but:
          *sigh* US jelly = UK jam, UK jelly = US jello. Does jam even mean anything (in terms of a noun) over there?

        • Luly

          Where are you from again?

          Google is a US company.

          • Pachichachi

            ... partially created and run by a Russian, with largely South Asian management and senior engineers.

      • Lon Lawrence

        When was Jelly Bean ever considered a desert?

        • Simon Belmont

          Never. I never considered it a DESSERT either. :P

          I honestly think Jelly Roll makes more sense. But hey, I'll take any name as long as the update is good. :)

      • Sam Eum

        Sizzlers and many other family restaurants serve Jelly..

  • http://thereelreviewer.wordpress.com Brad

    Seriously? More version rumors? Has ICS even been released for the NS4G yet? I have one, but I've rooted it and am running ICS because I was tired of waiting after it was released for the NS.

  • Jared

    KrumKake - Norwegian Cookie

  • Rob

    How about Kool-Aid

    • Micah Madru

      Not a dessert and is copyrighted/trademarked.

  • J

    I'll start worrying about this when I have a stable stock OTA delivery of ICS.

    • J

      I say this owning a GSM Galaxy Nexus, 4.0.2 has issues.

      • Luly

        It doesn't for me.

  • Scott Kennedy

    An inside source told me it would be Kulfi...

    • Mike Brown

      ...back it up with proof or its a hollow comment.

      • Scott Kennedy

        Like this entire article...

  • J

    That said, Key Lime Pie is my wife's favorite desert. If you live in NYC and have not had Steve's you are missing out.

  • Chris

    Kugelhopf is amazing.

  • Rob

    PRAISE THE GODS OF ANDROID. I was getting nervous, you know, with ICE CREAM SANDWICH being fully deployed and all. (o.0)

  • JimJam

    Jesus, did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning or are you just miserable and hungover from last night? Chill out for f*ck sake and think back to when you first got into Android and this stuff made you giddy as a 5yr old.

    And I'd love to see that pie in the face just for comedic value :)

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Are you replying to David? If so, have you met David?

  • Mechanimorph

    Kreme dela kreme?

  • steve

    Maybe Google will start auctioning off build names: kahlua cream?

  • Steve

    What I especially love about the Kelly bean name is the obvious marketing angle. All kinds of flavours, everyone will love at least one. It's an awesome name for a product like Android especially with all the upcoming integration of technologies.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    David, if it's not Key Lime Pie, can I use the Galaxy Note 10.1 to launch one into your face?

  • Charles Beel


  • ArrTooDeeToo

    Kosher Cheesecake!


  • Alan

    So many people who can't spell dessert.

  • Mike

    What about a Knickerbocker Glory?

  • Shon G.
    • Jake Weisz

      Well, someone's been searching for ideas. Or a lot of someones.

  • Mel

    Knish - come on that was easy

  • umer936

    What about something like Kream Cake or something?

  • Jamesy

    How about Kiwi Something

    • Bas

      That's a fruit, so Apple will sue Google if they use that.

      • Joe Germain

        They patented it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/shakerya Aash

    Kulfi. Kaju Katli. Kheer.

    Sigh, the world thinks there are no other desserts starting with K.

    What KLPd.

    • Romit

      Unfortunately AP asked for American Desserts not Indian, but still they're likely seeing as many of Google's top brass are Indians like us.

      Go for Kheer(Kaju Katli unlikely.)

  • Kero

    There was no A or B so I think they'll just skip K.

    • Manuel Bocchia

      Those where 'Alpha' and 'Beta' I think... or maybe they just like to screw with the users minds, muahahahahaha!

      • Steve

        Nope, those were Astroboy and Bender (in keeping with the robot theme :D) but because of legal concerns they went for public domain desserts :)

        • Simon Belmont

          You beat me too it. Well done. :D

          I always thought it was cool that they originally named them after famous robots. It made legal sense for them to switch to desserts though. ;)

  • Manuel Bocchia

    'Kiwi Cheese Cake' seems like an awsome name, much cooler than 'Key Lime Pie', though the latter has better advertisment potential IMO ...but since I'm not from the US, I guess I don't have much of a vote here, ha!

    Versions 4.2 for 'JB' and 4.4 for 'KLP' ... and 5.0 for 'Love Cake'!

    • Sam Eum

      Just Kiwi seems plausible! I'm liking the sound of it better than key lime pie!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Kiwi is not a dessert, it's a fruit. Though Honeycomb isn't exactly a dessert either, so who knows.

  • nipcarlover

    Us Indians have a lot of sweets/desserts..
    Kheer, Kulfi, Kaju Katli and Kaju barfi to name a few..!

    • najodleglejszy

      Kaju BARFi wouldn't work for a simple reason.

  • ickyboo

    The more I think about it, the more that it won't be Key Lime Pie as "Key Lime" is kind of a brand. It's limes from the keys in Florida. Look at the Wiki on Key Lime Pie and it mentioned they tried to pass a bill about Key Limes.

    • Luly

      I'm from Florida and trust me, it's nowhere near a proprietary name.

    • Hal Motley

      Wouldn't key lime be a species of lime rather than a proprietary brand.

      Like Granny Smith apples.

      • Luly

        No, it's just a type of native lime fruit grown in the area (also know as Mexican lime), not a cultivar invented, hence owned, by someone.

        The name is just like saying Florida orange or Philippines mango.

  • Poulpix

    Too bad for Kouign Amann (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kouign-amann).

  • https://plus.google.com/115490809384399992762 Bertrand

    Actually no, there is an initiative for an alternative: http://android-kouignamann.org/.

    Great desert :-)

  • Hal Motley

    Koloocheh are Iranian cookies that are very tasty!

  • Bob

    I know it's trademarked, but Krispy Kreme would be awesome.

  • Biba
  • Simon Belmont

    Jelly Bean seems plausible, but that's more of a candy than a dessert. Jelly Roll is actually what I originally thought it could be, as weird as it sounds. ;)

    Key Lime Pie. Ha, I called that back when Donut and Eclair were making the rounds. As for version numbers, I still feel that "Jelly Bean" will be a minor point update like 4.1 or 4.5, but who knows. All I know is that these names always make me hungry. :)

  • Simon Belmont

    How about Android Khlav Kalash? Yes, it's not a dessert, but the name just rolls off of your tongue.

    See link: http://i41.tinypic.com/vxgh7n.jpg .

  • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

    They should call it Kringle. But then again, Google isn't from Wisconsin.

  • David Lee

    Kringle would be great for a December release, but I still think they should go for an Indian dessert.

  • Guest

    If eating a chuck of a bee's Honeycomb is considered a "common dessert"... then just about anything that starts with a "K" can also be a dessert.

  • Sam Eum


    or kiwi fruit?
    kiwi smoothie?

  • http://twitter.com/leecasey Lee Casey

    Slow day for news I guess...

  • Guest

    Maybe Google could someday start being more professional.
    (Or professional AT ALL.)

    It's an embarrassment when I have to announce at a large meeting that we are updating all of our company's devices to a new "Jelly Bean" operating system.


    Millions of professional BUSINESSES would like to use Android.

    • vurp0

      Then say you're updating to 4.1 and not Jelly Bean. The name Jelly Bean isn't anywhere in the operating system itself, so just say "we're updating to Android 4.1" At least Android has names for its versions, as opposed to some others.

      Also I don't see why it's embarrassing to say "jelly bean".

    • Speedy Gonzalez

      If you're familiar with the Agile development process (which I assume Google uses too), you name each iteration (sprints) alphabetically after a common theme. The company I work at uses this development methodology and we use cartoon character names, desserts, etc., so it's nothing out of the ordinary.

      It's definitely something easier to remember than version #s.  Plus we kind of have fun coming up with names for each sprint. 

    • Speedy Gonzalez

      If you're familiar with the Agile development process (which I assume Google uses too), you name each iteration (sprints) alphabetically after a common theme. The company I work at uses this development methodology and we use cartoon character names, desserts, etc., so it's nothing out of the ordinary.

      It's definitely something easier to remember than version #s.  Plus we kind of have fun coming up with names for each sprint. 

    • Jelly Bean

      What the heck is the problem with "Jelly Bean", I dont find it embarassing duh

    • purplepup

      Maybe you stuffed shirts should go fetch a sense of humor and stop wareing cloth dog collars around your necks

  • Null

    Kiwi (fill in the blank, cheesecake, fruitcake, etc), Kahlua Mousse, Kahlua Mousse Cake, Khaskhas Halwa, etc.  

  • Iv88

    Am I the only person who has heard of a kruller?

  • http://twitter.com/Erik_Eliassen Elias Eriksen

    What about the classic, Norwegian dessert Kransekake? (but, of course, it would've been to hard to pronounce to Americans.)

  • joker

    Sorry for writing in this old topic .. imagine if they took patent for those names .. what will happend in future if I opened a company named jelly bean !

    Just a thought about future taking current situation under consideration where everybody sue each other..

  • Bored

    I think you have to prepare already your youtube video smashing a pie on your face.  

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Based on what? Nobody knows yet what it will be called.

      • Jared Kaczynski

        Let's see that pie to the face now!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          It's happening.

          • Gabriel Hellsing

            The internet was promised a video. A video the internet will get. And we're almost unable to contain our excitement to see it. :D

  • Bowen

    Key Lime Pie will be Android 5.0. Here's how we know this. Cupcake was 1.5, Eclair was 1.6, Froyo was 2.0, Gingerbread was 2.1, Honeycomb was 3.0 but it was a complete flop anyways, Ice Cream Sandwich was 4.0, and Jelly Bean was 4.1. Therefore, by following this pattern, with the exception of Honeycomb, you find that the next version of Android will almost definitely be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie! :-)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Lol, wow man, you really need to check your version info. That's all sorts of wrong.

      • cmccool2000

        But it is indeed gonna be 5.0, that is what they announced.

  • http://MyShocker.com Nudo


  • Jason P

    1 Android beta
    2 Android 1.0 "Astro"
    3 Android 1.1 "Bender"
    4 Android 1.5 Cupcake
    5 Android 1.6 Donut
    6 Android 2.0/2.1 Éclair
    7 Android 2.2.x Froyo
    8 Android 2.3.x Gingerbread
    9 Android 3.x Honeycomb
    10 Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich
    11 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

    12 Android 4.2 'Keylime Pie'

    13 Android 4.3 'Lemon Marange Pie'

    14 Android 5.0/5.1 'Mousse' or 'Muffin'

    15 Android 5.2.x 'Neapolitan'

    16 Android 5.3.x 'Orange Sherbert'

    17 Android 6.0.x 'Pumpkin Pie' or 'Peach Cobbler'

    That's as much time as I want to put into this... o_O

    • cmccool2000

      key lime pie is gonna be 5.0
      Then i was thinking Lava Cake

      • Mrleblanc101

        no... LOLLIPOP :O

  • Jason P
  • shahab

    I think kolooche is more stylish and effective. And more tasty ;-).

  • http://www.facebook.com/IcecalGamer Andrei Tutuianu

    Kurtos Kalacs

  • abey350

    Desserts Dishes Beginning With ' K ' :
    Kadalai Maavu Payasam
    Khoa Semiya Delight
    Khaskhas Halwa
    Kiwi Cheese Cake
    Kiwi Mousse Cake
    Kahlua Mousse
    Kiwi Souffle
    Kit Kat Slush
    Khova Egg Pudding
    Kiwi Fruit Cake


  • boydilis

    android 4.2 - Kalamay android kalamay

  • Saky

    Dude, Sorry to blow your bubble but the first Jellybean device was by Asus (Nexus 7).

  • Chris McKeegan

    Knickerbocker Glory?

  • JustJenna

    Well there IS Kahlua Mousse Pie... but I agree with you that Key Lime Pie is the obvious choice if only because it's the most well known.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edgetas Anthony Bacon

    Kiss Biscuit !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikepangv2.0 Michael Pang

    Krispy Kreme even though it's a brand. It would be pretty cool to have android krispy kreme :)

  • Iconia

    What about Kiwi Fruit Cake...... abb. is KFC

  • http://twitter.com/calds29 Calvin D’Souza

    Choose Kaju Barfi, Google, please! PLEASE!

    • cmccool2000


  • Sean

    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
    Android 4.2 Kidney Bean
    That's it...lol

  • Marc

    Khalua Creme Pie

  • Sean Elliott
  • cmccool2000

    Klondike Bar?

  • cmccool2000

    or Kruger

  • Kent

    Kiwifruit Pavalova (google it) :)

  • ademo

    So... you gonna pie yourself now that it's gonna be called KitKat? :D

    • John

      David Ruddock right about now:


      • j boner


    • MasterMuffin

      Came here just for this comment :D

    • SeasTooFarToReach

      He'd better. His integrity as a writer is on the balance.

  • Android User

    I like your name choice better, but looks like you'll need to make that youtube video after all.

  • Nagesan R

    its kit kat!

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    I have come from the future... Please upload video on HD

  • Bazar6

    Let's go!!!

    "... If it's not Key Lime Pie, I'll film myself smashing such a pie against my face. On YouTube. You can take that to the bank. I really think it's that obvious."

  • jayray78

    The Piper has come to call David

  • Gabriel Hellsing

    Time to own up on that pie video. I've been waiting for ages to see it. :D

  • HolyFreakingCrap


  • Homer Slated

    Looking forward to seeing a good pie smashing.

    Oh, and both you and Google forgot about "knickerbocker glory":

  • Glich

    I am betting on Lemon drop for next version

    • someone755

      Since they're THAT far from generic words, why even keep sweets? Liver, say I!

    • someone755

      Or maybe Lollipop. Would be great if they wouldn't license this one with Chupa-Chups...