You know the drill. Every 6 months Google comes out with a new flavour of Android and names it after a delectable sweet which sets tongues salivating the world over. As if that weren’t enough, they also go the whole hog and plant a humongous installation of aforementioned sweet on their lawns. Here’s proof.
And Google’s Android has been embraced the world over in various forms. You name it, they’ve hacked and rooted it asunder to make it their own. That is the power of open source and that is what drives Android to greater heights.
But there’s been a bit of an anomaly in this story. All of them are given names of classic American sweets. Beyond a donut or eclair, we don’t really identify with gingerbread or ice cream sandwich. (Frankly, my first concern with ICS is that the ice cream will melt the biscuit. ME NO WANT SLUDGY DESSERT.)
Allow me to make a case for calling Android 4.2 by an Indian name. Amongst Google’s fastest growing markets is India with a 500% yoy increase in installations. You could scream ‘base-effect’ all you want but you can’t change the fact that in this part of the world, a smartphone with a touchscreen means Android.
I’d like to share an observation here. Here in Mumbai, our local trains are divided into 1st and 2nd class. Till a few years ago, 2nd class would see a lot of feature phones and BlackBerries in the 1st. Take a ride now and you’ll find Android everywhere! It sorts out the life of the college going kid and handles the demands of the hard working office goer with aplomb.
Google has managed to put a smartphone into the hands of the Indian masses and people like it for what it allows them to do. So what better way to play to the gallery and name the next version of Android 4.2 as Kaju Katli?
Sign the petition and if Google does call it Kaju Katli, you know your signature would have played a part. Excuse me while I stuff myself silly with some delicious kaju katli.