Fear not our delicious Android overlords
February 4th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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If you've been following tech news this week, you probably came across the term "Honeycomb," Google's unofficial name for its new Google Android operating system.

Honeycomb - technically Android version 3.0 - is significant because it's designed for tablet computers, not just smartphones.

But on a lighter note, what's up with that name?

As it turns out, all Android operating systems are named after desserts. And, just in case that wasn't nerdy enough for you, Google put these sugary names in alphabetical order.

Here's the edible Android timeline: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and finally - at least for now - Honeycomb.

On this week's Tech Check podcast, our team of writers places bets on the next Android OS name. My guess: Icee.

Read - Why does Google name its Android products after desserts?

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  1. Apelwood of Nine

    You will all be assimilated.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    An android was an advanced form of robot, equipped with a self-aware artificial intelligence and made with the purpose to imitate humanoid lifeforms in at least rudimentary physical form.

    Androids began replacing other forms of robots in the late 22nd century when it became clear that a more lifelike appearance was needed for successful interactions with Humans. The biggest challenge that androids continually had was their inability to fit seamlessly into society.

    Androids were generally used for tasks that humanoids found either dangerous or tedious such as trash collection or cleaning up hazardous materials. Androids were generally many times stronger than the people who built them and therefore are much better able to survive in poor environmental conditions. This ability made them both very useful to their creators but also made them more likely to be destroyed, an issue that Federation ethicists debated for some time.

    The first truly successful android in the Federation was the Soong-type android Lieutenant commander Data of the USS Enterprise-D. His eventual growth beyond his original programming created renewed interest in the field of humanoid robotics.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  3. Amayda

    well, no, the next one would need to start with an 'I'. Maybe 'icing' 'icee' 'ice cream' 'indulgence'?? who knows!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  4. Evil Grin

    Those that are robotically inclined enjoy their dessert. Nothing wrong with that. And clearly they will be naming their next version Bon-Bon.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
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