For example, Android 1.5 was the third version of Android after 1.0 and 1.1, which meant that the name of the dessert had to start with the letter “C”. So, Android 1.5 was given the dessert name Cupcake, and a statue of Cupcake was placed on the lawn of the Googleplex. The next update was Donut followed by Eclair, Froyo (which is the one everyone seems to remember), Gingerbread, the Tablet Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo and Pie .
Every version of Android up to version 10 has been commemorated with a statue placed in the Googleplex
After Android 9 Pie, Google stopped publishing the dessert name of the new version, but for Android 10, a statue of the number 10 has been deployed. Although a codename was not publicly announced, inside Google the “Q” version of the Android operating system was known as “Quince Tart”. Similarly, Android 11 was known internally as Red Velvet Cake.
Android dessert statues are missing from the Googleplex
The current version of Android, Android 12, is called Snow Cone in Mountain View, where Google is headquartered. And Android 12L, designed for larger screen Android devices, is known as SnowCone v2. And let’s not rule out Android 13, which will release later this year with the internal codename Tiramisu.
No statues have been delivered to the Googleplex since the figures for Android 10. But they are in the news today because, according to Android Authority
, the statues have been moved by Google and are no longer visible to visitors. Most recently, they were moved from Building 44 at Google’s headquarters to a small area near the company’s visitor center, but have disappeared from that site.
With the pandemic, Google headquarters hasn’t seen many Googlers or visitors in the past two years and those who have seen the statues recently have said they need repairs. So we can assume that the decision was made inside Google to remove the statues and bring them back inside. The big question is, what will Google do with it next?
Some Google employees and partners are being allowed to attend the Google I/O Developer Conference for the first time since 2019. Will the company be showcasing freshly painted and repaired statues to help honor the return of a live audience at the conference?
The 2020 conference was canceled and last year’s event was fully streamed. Google says that despite the limited live viewership for I/O 2022, the entire conference will be streamed and we expect a special I/O 2022 app to be released in the coming weeks that can be used to view the festivities.
This year’s conference kicks off on May 11 and runs until May 12. We got to hear some details about the rumored Google Pixel Watch, the mid-range Pixel 6a, and the foldable Pixel Notepad. And of course Android 13 will be on the table with the Google Tensor 2 chipset.
Visitors recently said the statues needed repairs
On Google Maps, one reviewer wrote: “I expected a treat and was devastated and ruined. The whole area looks abandoned and the merchandise store looks from the outside like those post-apocalyptic stores you see in video games and movies. This person had seen the statues just three weeks ago.
A recent comment about this area of the Googleplex reads, “All the statues have been removed. The park is just empty.” Meanwhile, another reviewer writes, “No more statues at all. They’ve taken them down and there’s no signage as to whether they’ll be back or not.” And finally, a similar comment calls the area “a barren wasteland…just dirty land.”
Hopefully Google will restore the statues to their former state, as they are part of the history of the world’s most popular mobile operating system.