What’s in a name?

A lot, if you’re Google picking out just the right dessert name to follow KitKat.

KitKat was a “sweet” surprise (pun intended!) that took the tech world by storm. Everyone was expecting “Key Lime Pie,” but Google had a secret surprise ready.

As for this year’s Android L update? We don’t know.

A look at the Android L developer preview, however, provides what many believe could be the clue as to what Google looks to name as the next Android update.

The evidence comes from the Android Developer blog, where the site provides information regarding the Android L developer look into what aesthetic changes can be expected in the new update. Among them, is a Google Hangouts notification with the timestamp of 5:30PM and the text from a guy named Daniel that says, “I’m bringing my homemade lemon cake.”


It’s been said in the past that, whenever Google intends to provide a clue as to the new OS update name, it drops hints and traces within developer previews. In the following Nexus 5 image, for example, Google took the picture with a time of 4:40 at the top right of the Nexus 5 screen. When Google announced the Nexus 5 last October, the Android OS update was called “Android 4.4 KitKat.”


When Google prepared to announce its Nexus 4, the image had a 4:20 in blue in the top right corner. When the Nexus 4 was finally announced, it came preloaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.


The case was no different with the Galaxy Nexus (the Samsung-Google partnership), which had a 4:00 reading at the top right of the screen. What Android OS update was released with the Galaxy Nexus? Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Prior to the Galaxy Nexus, there was the Nexus S. In the picture seen below, the Nexus S came with a 2:30 timestamp. What Android OS was introduced with the Nexus S? Android 2.3, Gingerbread.


These are just a few examples, but they go to show that, whenever Google releases a new phone with a new OS update, the timestamp is usually a dead giveaway as to the name and official number of the update.

What about the 5:30 TimeStamp?

As for the lemon cake designation, the timestamp above it doesn’t seem to match what we believe will be the next major update (Android 5.0). After all, the timestamp says 5:30, which alludes to Android 5.3 instead of Android 5.0. Google did release the Nexus 4 with a 4.2 Jelly Bean update, and the Nexus 7 (2013) with an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update – so the company could release an Android 5.3 update called “Lemon Cake.” At this point, Android 5.0 could be released before Google announces the Nexus 6 – in which case, there could be a 5.x update for the Nexus 6 that’ll come to the current Nexus line and other devices a little later.

What about the 5:00 timestamp in a recent Google tweet? Since it comes just a few days after Google I/O, it could indicate that the Android L release will be labeled Android 5.0. However, we’re left to wonder, why would Google place “5:00” for one timestamp – but use “5:30” for another? Can the images be trusted? Should we even pay attention to the 5:30 timestamp on the lemon cake message?

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Well, maybe. The truth is that we already know that Google looks to emerge with an HTC Nexus 9 tablet at some point down the line. The HTC Nexus 9 could arrive in July as the Nexus 7 (2013) did. If it does, Android 5.0 is sure to be on board. With that said, Google’s not ready to announce the Nexus 6 until this Fall. Bug fixes and enhancements will necessitate the release of an updated Android 5.x software release, which will likely be dubbed Android 5.3.

It could be the case that we’re getting all worked up for nothing – but it could also be the case that Google’s got two timestamps for two different Android updates. As we’ve seen from the pictures above, the leaks come with timestamps that have meaning. If the above images are correct, Android 5.0 and Android 5.3 are future “L” updates. Hopefully, the “Lemon Cake” updates won’t leave a sour taste in your mouth.