Google had something big to share this morning: The name of the next version of Android, its operating system, will be Nougat.
— Eduardo Reyes (@edureyessa) June 30, 2016
But the internet company that's often teased for its inability to grow and popularize a social network received the most traction in places other than its own service.
The big reveal took place at Google’s campus in Mountain View, California, and was announced on social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, of course, its own site, Google Plus.
The posts on Facebook received more than 250 reactions and 24 comments, and the tweet with the official name generated more than 2,200 retweets and 1,500 likes. Snapchat’s view counts are not publicly revealed, but the announcement that it’s on the popular disappearing-messaging app led to some reaction on Twitter.
— Google (@google) June 30, 2016
@google SnapChat? Pass
— Edward Smith (@synergeticink) June 30, 2016
Unfortunately for Google Plus, that post generated only about 300 “+1” clicks and 100 shares. Google Plus launched in June 2011, and the site made a Twitter account in July 2011. However, the team didn't start using the microblogging site until May 2015.
Google encouraged its community to help name the next Android, to start with the letter N, by sending submissions to a website specifically launched for that purpose in May at Google I/O, the company’s developers conference.
Android versions have been named for desserts since the launch of Android 1.5, or Cupcake, in April 2009. The latest version, Android 6.0, was named Marshmallow.