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The name of Android P has leaked, and it's totally nuts

Every year Google tries to surprise us with the name of the new version of Android version. This year will see the debut of Android P, and although Google would like to keep us guessing, it looks like an indiscretion has revealed the name ahead of time. Interestingly, this leak doesn't come down from Mountain View, but instead a clue from Huawei.

The news comes by way of the Polish site tabletowo, which describes how one of their readers decided to contact the Huawei customer support department to ask if Huawei P9 Lite mini (SLA-L22) will get an update to Android 8.0 Oreo and/or EMUI 8.0. The response stated that so far only security patches are planned for this model, but as the conversation turned to the Huawei P9 Lite 2017, the Huawei support rep let slip that Android P would be called Android... Pistachio?

Android Pistachio
A little indiscretion from a semi-official source. / © Igor K.

Pistachio, eh? Not what I would have gone for. It doesn't quite sound as much of a treat as Oreo, Nougat, Kitkat etc. Nonetheless it is plausible, as it tallies with Bloomberg's theory that it would be Android Pistachio Ice Cream.

So has the name been spoiled for good? Perhaps, but we cannot rule out the possibility that Pistachio could be Google's working version of the name of Android P for use by employees and partners, with yet another name kept secret until the official release.

Does Android 9.0 Pistachio (or Pistachio Ice Cream) sound tasty to you? Or are you hoping that Google will go for another name at the final reveal?



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  • Pistacchio sound so great pistacchio in reality is so tasty .

  • This is not the final name. Google has stated in the past not even the employees know the name until it's ready to be announced and the statue to start being created.

  • I woul love Pecan Pie ... yummmm!!

  • I always thought PRALINE was a good P name.

  • It should be "9.0 Popsicle". Or else!


  • This isn't a leak, a low level support person can't possibly know anything. The name probably hasn't been finalized yet, if they use a brand name they need to secure the rights and ideally a co-marketing deal like they did with KitKat.

    Next year will be tough, aside from Qwik there is nothing sweet that starts with Q and even that might not apply because Nestle's changed the name to Nesquik. They might have to broaden the rules to food in general so they can call it Quiche.

    • Could use QUINCE for a Q name.

    • Quench Gum is the easy one.

      Queen Bee Candy is a product bee keepers make to transport bees, and someone turned it into a human confection.

      Queijadinha is a yummy Brazillian pastry

      The hostess Suzy Q could be used even if it doesn't start with Q

      Then there are the long shot/tie ins:
      There is a brand of Indonesian Candy called "Silver Queen" and I wouldn't be surprised to find they have a product without the "silver" in the name somewhere. Or might be willing to make one for Google as a tie-in.

      There is a company in Indiana called Queen City Candy that probably has a useable product name.

      If Ben & Jerry's don't have a Q ice cream, they will if someone tells them Google needs a Q name for their next Android OS, ^.^

  • Popsicle is an awful, awful name. I've always hated it. Pistachio on the other hand is great. My fears tho is that Huawei just used the leaked internal name from Google which may be different than the final one. Remember Oatmeal Cookie?

  • Pistachio ?! What a stupid name!
    If he had looked at the opinions of those who tried to guess what P means, he would have had more inspiration. But so, what can Pistachio mean?
    I'm curious what to invent for "Q", as if I see it will not mean ... Quality!