Google’s unique nomenclature for its Android operating system has always been something of interest to even the most staunch opponents of the platform. The Mountain View company opted for an unprecedented culture of naming Android versions after various desserts from around the globe, and so far, we’ve seen the likes of Éclair, Froyo, Jelly Bean, and KitKat, to name a few. The next iteration might be just around the corner, and it’s the time for the letter L, and Android L is what Google has been using in all its references to the next Android version as well. Today, however, new evidence points towards L standing for Lemon Meringue Pie.
The evidence comes courtesy of Android Police, and is nowhere conclusive. However, their digging into a few sources indicates that the LMP references found abundant can stand for Lemon Meringue Pie. The first piece of evidence comes from the Wi-Fi certification for HTC’s Volantis tablet, which is expect to officially get christened as Nexus 9, where the device’s firmware description contains the LMP string.
Another piece of evidence comes from doing a search for “lmp” on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) repository, which turns up 9 results in total, one of them containing LMP in the title string. This, too, isn’t any proof – Google has been known to use random character strings for various products, so we can only speculate.
Finally, looking through the latest Android SDK, we have several references that pit the developer builds of Android to be “lmp-preview-release”, indicating that Google might be opting for this title.
Despite all these various references, why do we keep saying that Android L can turn out to be different? That’s because Google has given us enough reason to doubt that from past experience, the latest being with Android 4.4 KitKat. Until the last moment, it was all but certain that K would stand for Key Lime Pie, before Google struck a deal with Nestle and instead chose the famous chocolate brand for its (currently) latest Android build. Thus, even if Lemon Meringue Pie seems to be most likely at present, it won’t be until Android L is officially unveiled that we’re absolutely certain. The good part is, that time is fairly close.
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