Google's Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is still rolling out to various Android phones, but that doesn't stop us wondering what will be in the next big update of Android, known as Android P. 

We've mused on what Android P could be finally called below but apparently, it is currently known as Android Pistachio Ice Cream internally at Google. 

As well as the name, other leaked details on the next version of Android include support for phones that adopt a similar notch to the iPhone X.

  • Again dessert-based
  • Apparently known as Pistachio Ice Cream internally
  • But image of Pineapple upside-down cake teased

Google has given previous versions of Android names after dessert and a couple of them have been through commercial tie-ups including the current version, Oreo.

Previous Android version names (versions 1.0 and 1.1 didn’t have release codenames):

  • Android 1.5 Cupcake
  • Android 1.6 Donut
  • Android 2.2 Eclair
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • And currently Android 8.0 Oreo

While we quite like the idea of Android Panda Pops or Android Poached Pears, we’re expecting Android 9.0 to be dubbed Pistachio Ice Cream (at least, that’s what Google appears to be using internally).

Pistachio Ice Cream might not make it to the full consumer version, but it fits the usual dessert-based naming convention. Indeed, Ice Cream has been used before as you can see above - for 2011's Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Mind you, there isn’t a lack of choice when it comes to sweet stuff beginning in P; there’s Pineapple Cake, Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Pie that could easily be used, too.

Google made people work through an online puzzle to pinpoint the date and location of its upcoming developer conference. As part of that, the company teased a picture of Pineapple upside-down cake. Is that what Google P will be called? 

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  • Expecting more details during Google I/O in May
  • But we might see a Google P developer preview before then
  • Android P release date in August 2018? 

We know that Google’s I/O 2018 developer conference will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California starting on Tuesday 8 May. That means we're expecting to learn more details during a keynote speech that day - probably at about 6pm BST, 1pm EDT, 10am PDT.

As for an Android P release date, we're probably looking at summer 2018 and specifically August - Android 8.0 Oreo dropped in August 2017.  

  • Surely better picture-in-picture support
  • Could the Pixel launcher become more widely used?
  • Support for 'notch' devices rumoured

Several Android handset manufacturers will allegedly adopt a notch as part of their designs, even though Apple has been criticised by some for its design choice. Google will therefore adapt Android to take into account screen designs that incorporate a notch.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman writes that "people familiar with the matter" have also revealed that the Android update will also better integrate Google Assistant and improve battery life. 

He claims that the company will also dramatically redesign the look of Android to further entice customers to switch from iPhones to Android handsets. We're not sure about that rumour because it might upset some Android fans and - to be frank - Android doesn't need a massive overhaul. We do want a bit more home screen customisation in the next version of Android, though. 

We reckon we'll also see wider picture-in-picture support plus hopefully the Pixel launcher on third-party handsets as well. It's pretty good on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Also, it seems that With Android P, developers will be given the opportunity to use Google Assistant voice commands inside their third-party Android applications. This is a bit of a no brainer in our book. Google will surely want to make Assistant as open and flexible as possible. 

  • Possible developer preview in March

Last year, Google released the first developer preview of Android O in March, and then, it released the official preview of Android O during Google I/O 2017.

So we're expecting an early developer preview pretty soon and we'll be able to update you on more features at that point. 

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