The Android Naming Quiz

The upcoming version of Android is called KitKat, but how well do you know the earlier release names?

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With the pending release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google will delve for the ninth time into its sweet shop to find a name for the major releases of its open source operating system. Here’s a short quiz about these names, where they came from and who came up with them. Keep track of your answers and at the end see how well you did.

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Besides KitKat, what is the only other brand-specific Android code name?

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Answer: FroYo

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Which Android code name lasted through the most major version releases?

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Answer: The current Jelly Bean with three (4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3).

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Which Android build is named for a pastry featuring choux, crème patisserie and fondant?

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Answer: Éclair

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While it’s generally eaten with whipped cream, this Android namesake is also used in a sort of home construction.

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Answer: Gingerbread

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This Android-affiliated confection name comes from a New York City pushcart peddlar’s 1899 invention that made for a tidy way to consume a potentially messy dessert.

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Answer: Ice Cream Sandwich

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This sweet codename also happens to be the name of a breakfast cereal, but it’s used by Android in the generic sense.

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Answer: Honeycomb

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This cakey food earned its distinguishing shape in order to avoid soggy centers when cooked.

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Answer: Doughnut

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Another name for this confection used by Android is fairy cake.

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Answer: Cupcake

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What are the Android code names in order of release?

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Answer: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean (they’re alphabetical).

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What happened to the A and B code names?

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Answer: The first two versions – Android 1.0 and Android 1.1 - came before the naming convention, like this original Android logo.

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Who came up with the Android naming convention?

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Ryan PC Gibson, Google’s director of program management for Android.

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How’d you do?

0-3 – Apple fanboy

4-6 - Stick with Linux

7-9 – Open source hero

10-12 – Google-icious