Android 11 still has a dessert name for internal use

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  • Android executive Dave Burke has revealed the internal dessert name for Android 11.
  • The latest version of Android is referred to internally as Red Velvet Cake.

Google named Android versions after desserts in alphabetical order for the longest time, such as Android 7.0 Nougat, Android 8.0 Oreo and Android 9.0 Pie. The firm then switched to numbers only from Android 10, seemingly marking the end of a fun tradition.

Now, Android’s vice-president of engineering Dave Burke has told the All About Android podcast that Android 11 still has a dessert name that’s used internally by engineers. The executive says that they’ve officially moved to numbers, so Android 11 is still the name Google will use publicly.

“However, if you were to ask an engineer on my team what are they working on, they would say ‘RVC.’ And so ‘RVC’ is Red Velvet Cake,� Burke notes. The Android executive also suggests we won’t see references to Red Velvet Cake or RVC in other projects (e.g. AOSP), with R alone likely to be used instead.

Read: Google finally reveals how many devices are on Android 10, and it’s not bad

For what it’s worth, Burke previously confirmed on the podcast that Android 10 is known internally as Quince Tart. So it’s great to see Google is still keeping the dessert tradition alive for Android, even if it’s restricted to internal use only.

Burke also touches on several other Android issues in the podcast, such as Project Mainline, background kills, and permissions. So you can check out the full episode by clicking here. Otherwise, you can check out more highlighted articles below.

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