Android 12 officially brings back the dessert names with 'Snow Cone'

Android Snow Cone
Android Snow Cone (Image credit: Google)

What you need to know

  • Google has revealed the dessert name for Android 12 along with its release to the Android Open Source Project.
  • The latest iteration of Android is officially called Snow Cone.
  • Dessert names for the operating system were previously discontinued with Android 10 in favor of numerals.

Google finally rolled out the stable Android 12 build to the Android Open Source Project on Monday after several months of releasing developer previews and beta builds. While the update added a bunch of new features for the platform, Google also officially revealed its dessert name: Snow Cone.

Dave Burke, Google's vice president of engineering for Android, confirmed on Monday the official dessert name for the latest version of Android.

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The move marks a significant turn of events after the search giant abandoned the use of tasty treats as brand names for each major Android version release in 2019 with the launch of Android 10. Since then, every major release of the operating system has been referred to simply by its numerical order.

However, the succeeding versions of Android still had dessert-themed names, but they were only used internally. For example, Android 11 was apparently called "Red Velvet Cake."

This is not the first time, though, that we've heard of Snow Cone. The dessert name first surfaced in February, when the internal name for Android 12 was leaked. When Google releases a new Android version, it has a habit of replacing internal codes with a different official dessert name, so it's nice to see Snow Cone sticking around for the long haul.

In addition to the return of tasty treats-themed name, Android 12 also introduces a host of improvements such as dynamic theming, updated widgets, and enhanced privacy settings. The headline feature is, of course, the new Material You design language and dynamic theming.

As usual, Android 12 will roll out first to Google Pixel smartphones including the Pixel 5a all the way down to the Pixel 3 series before it reaches many of the best Android phones.

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  • Meaning they've lost the opportunity to name a release "Rhubarb Tart" and do an Easter Egg with John Cleese (of Monty Python)'s Rhubarb Tart Song: The principles of modern philosophy
    Were postulated by Descartes.
    Discarding everything he wasn't certain of
    He said, "I think, therefore I am a rhubarb tart." Old Google would have loved that.
  • Coming back weak.
  • Should be **** cake.
  • The naming is childish. I much prefer just a number.
  • Very much agree with your comment "...much prefer just a number." When I hear/read previous dessert names I do not have any clue what version Android they are, as in which is older or newer. It is interesting their use of dessert names was an internal thing-bob.
  • Older vs newer was pretty easy. They were in alphabetical order.
  • This is exactly it. Plus, I enjoy the dessert names.
  • Agree, childish names are for children. If they are going to use names; at least use adult names, such as Liquor Brand Names....
  • I don't think it's "childish". It's fun and lighthearted. Life doesn't have to be that serious all the time.
  • It is apparent that many of you are not familiar with Linux Kernel version history and it's use of silly names like this for releases.
  • I much prefer number versions instead of something like cupcake, donut, etc.....
  • I can't wait to see the statue on the lawn for this one!
    Maybe they can have it perpetually spinning so it never falls? 😂
  • I usually take life far too seriously so sometimes light hearted things can improve my perspective. Welcome Snow Cone! However as an os I think I've enjoyed Android 10 more than any other.
  • Absolutely awful that Google no longer cares about being inclusive in its naming. "“We’re going to deal with that skepticism,” he says. Google’s actual reason for switching the naming, he says, isn’t that Q is hard, but rather that desserts aren’t very inclusive. “We have some good names, but in each and every case they leave a part of the world out,” he argues. Android is a global brand, used by more people in India and Brazil than in the US, so going with an English word for the dessert leaves some regions out."