Google could ask fans to name next year’s Android N upgrade

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Photo: Google

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Photo: Google

Already wondering what next year’s Android N upgrade will be called? Well, it could be up to you.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed during his tour of India this week that the company may organizeĀ an online poll to name its next Android upgrade.

All of Google’s Android release so far have been named alphabetically after sweets, with the most recent upgrade dubbed Marshmallow. During a talk with students in New Delhi, Pichai suggested Android N could be named after an Indian dessert.

“If all Indians vote, I think we can make it happen,” he said.

This would be the first time Google has called upon the community to name an Android upgrade, and it seems like a great idea, givenĀ the open nature of the Android platform. Sadly, Pichai did not indicate when the poll might be available.

Pichai also revealed he was a huge fan of soccer, and “would have taken up football or cricket” if he wasn’t at Google. The Chennai-born executive also had some compliments for India.

“One good thing about India is you find a tea stall and there is an entrepreneur. So that streak has always been there,” he said. “Part of reason that we are interested in India is because it is amazingly young and many ways the trends of the future will come from India.”

When asked how many smartphones he owned, Pichai said, “I shouldn’t say this but today there are around 20 to 30 phones lying around my house.”

That beats my collection!