In the before-times, the long long ago, before pandemics and job titles like "content creator," our forefathers received new Android releases christened with "tasty treat" names (and sometimes with a side of corporate blessing). Together, we enjoyed a delicious bounty of Jelly Beans, Ice Cream Sandwiches, KitKats, Oreos, Cupcakes, and Lollipops, all among a larger cornucopia of sugary snacks. Feasting, as we did, from the bugdroid's robotic bosom, we were ill prepared when Google suddenly snatched the desserts away from us with Android 10. (I'm not saying that caused Covid, but the timing speaks for itself.) However, despite the marketing department's best efforts, hidden internal code names live on, and we've just caught our first mouthwatering glimpse of Android 13's potentially delectable name.
I never thought I'd see LG shut its mobile division before Sony or HTC, but here we are. The South Korean company officially announced its exit from the smartphone market a few days ago. While the company wasn't explicit about the software support situation at the time, some details have emerged since.
A big focus for Google in recent years when it comes to Android has been updates — specifically, in making them easier for hardware manufacturers to support. The two largest (public) efforts undertaken in service of this initiative to date are Projects Treble and Mainline, both of which have been designed to modularize and simplify the process of updating Android devices by making key portions of the OS less dependent on the underlying platform version. There's also clear evidence these initiatives are having a positive impact: Android 11 experienced the quickest adoption of any version of the OS to date.