Last year, with the launch of Android 10, Google’s tradition of giving major Android releases a dessert nickname came to an end. Up until that point we had feasted on cupcakes, donuts, eclairs, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb, ice cream sandwiches, jelly beans, KitKats, lollipops, marshmallows, Oreos, and Pie. But what dessert could have been used for Android 11? Red Velvet Cake.
Last year, Android’s vice-president of engineering, Dave Burke, revealed that their internal nickname for Android 10 was “Quince Tart.” While the dessert names stopped being used for public releases, Google was still internally using them. Dave Burke has once again revealed an internal dessert nickname. Google is referring too Android 11 as “RVC” or “Red Velvet Cake.”
Red Velvet Cake appears to be the continuation of that tradition for this year’s version of Android, which would have been named Android R under the old naming scheme. It goes to show: it’s cake all the way down.