Will Android P be Android Popsicle?

With the release of Google's spring wallpapers, some folks are seeing hints that the next Android mobile OS -- now up to letter P -- will be called Popsicle.

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P for Popsicle?


Read what you will into this, but one of the wallpapers in Google's new spring collection is an image of popsicles. Could it be Google dropping a hint that the P in its next-generation Android P mobile OS will stand for Popsicle?

Possibly. At least that's the theory presented by the sleuths over at 9to5Google, who point to the popsicles wallpaper as a hard-to-ignore clue as to what Android P (Android 9.0) will be called.

Google names each iteration of Android after a dessert and popsicle definitely qualifies. Previous names have included Donut, Cupcake, Eclair, Marshmallow, KitKat and Oreo. For frozen desserts you have to look to Froyo and Ice Cream Sandwich -- and perhaps we're due for another one.

There are plenty of other desserts that start with the letter P. Personally, I'm a fan of Pecan Pie, Panna Cotta or just plain Pudding.

We should find out soon enough whether we're getting Popsicle or something else. Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O 2018, runs from May 8-11. All should be revealed there.

Last month Google released a Developer's Preview of Android P. You can read about it here.

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