The platform changing what mobile can do
The Android operating system is powering over 2.5 billion monthly active devices all around the world
We launched Android to bring mobile computing to everyone. Over the last decade, Android's open platform has created a thriving community of manufacturers and developers that reach a global audience with their devices and apps. This has expanded beyond phones to tablets, cars, watches, TVs and more – with more than 2.5 billion active devices around the world. Today, it's the largest mobile platform and growing fast – every day another million users power up their Android devices for the first time and start looking for apps, games, and other digital content.
As we continue to build Android for everyone in the community, our brand should be as inclusive and accessible as possible – and we think we can do better in a few ways.
First, we’re changing the way we name our releases. Since our first Android operating system release in 2009, codenamed “Cupcake,” each release has been named after a tasty treat in alphabetical order. However, we realized that these names are not always universal or intuitive. So starting with Android 10, we will simply start referring to releases as version numbers. This change will help our global community better understand which release is the latest and the version of Android their device is running.
Second, Android’s visual identity is evolving to be more inclusive, accessible, and modern. You will see updates to our colors, wordmarks, logos and guidelines to reflect these changes.
In the rest of this module we’ll focus on Android OS for phones and tablets. Learn more about Android TV, Android Auto and Wear OS by Google in their respective modules.