Android N

What Does Android N Stand For?

If you don’t know anything about Android N, here’s a chance to catch up. Android N is the new upcoming release of Android, and there’s a chance for Nexus users to download and try out a recently released beta version.

This time, we’re focusing on what the name of the new version might be, and what the N could stand for. Are you interested in finding out more? Check our guide for a bit of background information on the Android naming system, as well as the latest rumors.

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What’s in a Name?

Here’s the thing. We don’t know what the new release of Android is going to be called. Android N is a code-name; so what are they going to call the successor to Marshmallow?

The N doesn’t stand for New or Nexus. Judging from the past names, it’s likely that it’ll be named after something sweet. From the original 1.6 Donut to 4.4 KitKat, there’s a clear pattern, and there’s also a reason.

Android KitKat

Here’s their excuse for the naming system:

Android is the operating system that powers more than one billion smartphones and tablets. These devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert. Whether it’s getting directions or even slicing virtual fruit, each Android release makes something new possible.


It’s unlikely that they’ll break away from such a recognizable series of names, and it makes Android seem fun when compared to its competitors. How can you not like an update called Marshmallow?

So, does the N mean anything? Will that be the first letter of the next release version, or is the letter just there as a placeholder? (If you consider that the previous Android versions have all been in alphabetical order, and the last one was Marshmallow…)

People have focused on the letter on social media and forum posts, and there does seem to be a clear leader when it comes to the names being put forward.

Nutella is well-liked while Nougat would be a safe choice. Nerds continues to be mentioned, but it doesn’t have the popularity of the first two mentioned.

For now, it seems like Nutella is the favorite, but it could be any dessert or sweet that begins with N. Why not list some suggestions of your own in the comments below? It’s not complete guesswork as long as the sweet begins with N.


Any new Android release is always going to get tongues wagging, and everything from the name to the features is going to get people interested. It’s hard to tell what the name is going to be, but it’s not important in the grand scheme of things.

Instead, it’s a nice way to pass the time while waiting for the proper release, while it’s also fun to guess which sweet they’re going to pick next.

It’s a shame that we don’t have any concrete information yet, but it’s likely that Google will share the official name a few weeks before the release of the 2016 Nexus range. It’s also possible that we’ll find out after the Google I/O developer conference in May, so stay tuned.

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So there you have it. Nutella might be the favorite, but it appears to be one of many options. Let’s be honest. The features, functionality and release date, are the important information, and we’ll have more about everything else in upcoming articles over the next few weeks.

If we’ve missed a great rumor, or you have a suggestion for a name, let us know in the comments below, or you can contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

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    1. Hi Greg,
      ha ha, could be but if my memory serves me right, I think they are going with Nutella. I like it, you?

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