It’s true that I’ve not paid much attention at all to Android–or Tamil cinema, for that matter, but that’s another story–being, after all, a native iPhone user. But this week, I so-belatedly realized two things. First, that I share a celebrated birthday with Android: the first product of the Open Handset Alliance was launched on November 5, 2007, the very day I turned 37. Second, that new releases of the Android mobile operating system have since 2009 been code-named after confections and sweet treats in alphabetical order: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), Honeycomb, Jellybean, and now KitKat.
A birthdate and a love of sweet treats? Suddenly my connection to Android was not just personal, it was primal.
Android’s website explains its sweet naming practices thus:
Android is the operating system that powers over 1 billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. As everyone finds chocolate so tempting, we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favourite chocolate treats, the KitKat®!
And there are more such food/eating metaphors quite everywhere in the mobile/software developer space: dogfeeding [when a software company uses its own products in order to generate testimonial advertising], candybar phones [those basic bar phones with keyboard and screen on the front-face that roughly resemble candy bars], and Project Butter [released with Jellybean and designed to make phone graphic movements as smooth as “butter”]–and even the Linux kernel.