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Android 5.0 Lollipop: What will the KitKat successor be named?

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We were definitely sure that Android 5.0 was going to be named Key Lime Pie. We were definitely, definitely sure of that! Well, I guess we weren’t. Now that we can take the foot out of our mouths after the reveal of Android 4.4 KitKat, we now have two questions that are popping to our minds: What’s the schedule for Android 5.0 looking like? And what’s going to be its name if not Key Lime Pie?

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Android 5.0 Lollipop? / © {Ellie}/

While we were waiting for news about Android 5.0 being release this year, out of the blue came Android 4.4 KitKat and brought with it two interesting fact:

First, Android 5.0 will not be named Key Lime Pie, if Google follows their naming structure, and that leaves the next naming convention to fall to the letter L. Secondly, Google didn’t seem to choose the name haphazardly, as along with the naming of the latest version of Android after a registered trademark, they also have an advertising bonanza going on with Nestlé., the owner of said trademark.

© Google

So, what comes after KitKat?

Well of course, we’re now interested is what the next version (will it even be Android 5.0? Maybe Google is just going to tease us with Android 4.5, Android 4.6, Android 4.7, and so on) will be called. Will Google continue along its cooperation with other companies to roll out its Operating System releases? Only time will tell I guess. In the meantime, here are my five best guesses as to what the next release might be.

Android 5.0 Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy is a very popular brand in North America, a colorfully chewy candy. And best of all for Google? Nestlé owns this as well, so Google wouldn’t have to try to break down the door when it comes to trying to advertise the namesake.

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 © Nestlé

Android 5.0 Lion

The Lion Bar! Again, falls under the Nestlé umbrella so less work for advertising and promotion for Google. The only issue might be with international markets as this is a pretty European brand (you might recognize it more-so as a Mr. Big candy bar if you’re in North America.)

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 © Nestlé

Android 5.0 Lollipop

You probably thought I was joking when you read the title of this article? However, this would be a relatively common name that would work across different demographics and it’s short and concise. If I were to bet on my own five picks, this would definitely be it.


Android 5.0 Lime Pie

Knock off the Key from Key Lime Pie and what do you get? Something that fits in with the naming convention! People have been talking about Key Lime Pie for so long now, why not just keep it as is?

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Well, Key Lime Pie is a no-go, but maybe Lime Pie? / © AndroidPIT

Android 5.0 Licorice

This would also be another conceivable name for the next version of Android, although you might think that Licorice is a bit too complicated to pronounce. Outside of the English language, many people wouldn’t really know about it and might have some issues with its pronunciation. But….it is a relatively well know candy and starts with L.


So, what do you think? What will come after KitKat?

What will be the name for the next version of Android?


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  • Rajesh Dawar Sep 17, 2013 Link

    lassi ....ladoo

  • Bojan M. Sep 17, 2013 Link

    Actually, I like the Lollipop.

  • Amat Mulisha Sep 18, 2013 Link

    I also like the lollipop.its unic and sweety

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    Kris Carlon Sep 18, 2013 Link

    What I want to know is why the Nexus 5 we keep seeing leaks of is still appearing everywhere with Key Lime Pie listed as its operating system? Everyone seems to agree the new Nexus will launch with 4.4 and we now know 4.4 is called KitKat, so...?

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    Loie Favre Sep 19, 2013 Link

    Android 5.0 Churrizos FTW!

  • Sean Bullock Sep 19, 2013 Link

    Lemon meringue.

  • Northernbaygirl Sep 20, 2013 Link

    Laffy Taffy sounds good but as far as I am aware is pretty obscure outside the USA, Lollipop is probably a good contender as it is a name that is known and used worldwide. Not sure about licorice (maybe licorice all sorts, hmm too English?) I like Seans suggestion of lemon meringue, although maybe they will use a different lemon product and keep meringue the next release (I think I suggested lemon drop a few weeks ago)

  • Jake Weiler Sep 20, 2013 Link

    What happened to 4.2 upgrade? Still waiting on it.

  • Ruben Stauttener Nov 24, 2013 Link

    I don't think Lion could be the name of Androids newest version, because it will be associated with Mac OS...

  • Jorell Dye 11 months ago Link

    It is easy to make an Android out of a lollipop, but it I cant imagine the other candies being shamed into an Android. Licorice sounds nice, though.

  • Vic Olivo 9 months ago Link

    Lollipop is very catchy but I like the sound of Android Lemonade.

  • renegade 9 months ago Link

    What about Android 4.5 KitKat MR1

  • Keith Tyler 5 months ago Link

    The problem I see with "lollipop" is that quite a lot of people never call it that and only call it a "sucker."

  • The Doctor 2 months ago Link

    Android Lemonhead, or maybe Android Lime?