For example, Android 1.5 was the third version of Android after 1.0 and 1.1 which means that the name of the candy should start with the letter “C.” Thus, Android 1.5 was given the name Cupcake dessert and the Cupcake figurine was placed on the Googleplex garden. The next update was Donut followed by Eclair, Froyo (which everyone seems to remember), Gingerbread, Honeycomb Tablet Only, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, and Pie.
Every version of Android up to version 10 is memorialized by a statue placed in Googleplex
After Android 9 Pie, Google stopped naming the new version candy but for Android 10, Statue Number 10 has been released. Although the codename has not been publicly announced, the “Q” version of the Android operating system within Google was known as the “Quince Tart.” Similarly, Android 11 was known internally as Red Velvet Cake.
Android candy figurines missing from Googleplex
The current version of Android, Android 12, is called Snow Cone within Mountain View where Google is headquartered. Android 12L, designed for Android devices with larger screens, is known as SnowCone v2. And let’s not rule out Android 13, which will be published later this year with the internal codename Tiramisu.
No statue has been delivered to Googleplex since the numbers for Android 10. But they’re in the news today because, according to Android Authority, the statues were moved by Google and are no longer visible to visitors. They were recently moved from Building 44 at Google’s headquarters to a small area by the company’s Visitor Center but have disappeared from this location.
With the pandemic, Google’s headquarters have not seen many Googlers or visitors over the past two years, and those who have seen the statues recently said they need fixing. So we can assume that the decision was made within Google to remove the statues and bring them inside. The big question is, what will Google do with them next?
Some Google employees and partners are allowed to attend Google I/O Developers Conference for the first time since 2019. Will the company roll out freshly painted figurines and repairs to help honor the public’s return live to the conference?
The 2020 conference has been canceled and last year’s event was broadcast in full. Google says that while I/O 2022 will have a limited live audience, the entire conference will be broadcast and we expect to release a special I/O 2022 app over the next few weeks that can be used to watch the festivities.
This year’s conference will kick off on May 11 and run through May 12. We can 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 along with the Google Tensor 2 chipset.
Visitors recently said the statues need repair
One reviewer on Google Maps wrote, “I was expecting a treat and was met with ruin. The whole area looks deserted and the merchandise shop from the outside looks like those post-apocalyptic stores you see in video games and movies.” This person had only seen the statues three weeks earlier.
A recent comment about this area of the Googleplex reads, “All statues removed. The park is just empty.” Meanwhile, another reviewer wrote, “No more statues at all. They have removed them and there are no signs saying whether or not they will return.” Finally, a similar comment describes the area as “a wasteland… just a sloppy spot.”
Hopefully, Google will bring the statues back to their previous conditions because they are part of the history of the world’s most famous mobile operating system.