Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer teases Android N’s official name, shows off Android apps running on Chromebook

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If there’s one thing that unifies Android’s diverse user base, it’s the burning desire to know what the next version of Google’s mobile OS will be called, particularly in a year where it’s the users themselves that get to decide that all-important detail.

During its I/O 2016 keynote, the search giant announced Android N’s official name will be crowd sourced. Since then, the dedicated website Google set up to collect name suggestions has been doing its job for a number of weeks, and while the company has yet to announce the results of that poll, it looks like the head of all things Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, may have let the cat out of the bag.

On late Tuesday evening, Lockheimer shared a tweet that’s gotten the internet abuzz. His tweet is notable for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that the screenshot that’s embedded alongside the tweet shows an Android app running on the company’s Chrome operating system. We’ve known Android apps will come to Chrome OS since I/O, but this is our first look at them in action in their new environment.

The other reason the screenshot is notable is because Lockheimer has a Chrome tab open with “nutella” written in a Google search field. Even before the company released the developer preview of Android N, Nutella was, for most people, the obvious choice when it came to the question of what to name the latest version of Android.

This isn’t the first time Lockheimer has tweeted about Nutella; in fact, he’s referenced the hazelnut and cocoa spread a number of times over the past couple of months. In February, he tweeted, “I had to look up how to spell nougat. But I do know how to spell Nutella.”

Of course, Lockheimer may just be trolling us. We’ll know soon enough if that’s the case.

Looking at the other open windows on his Chrome OS desktop, we find out he’s ordered himself the recently announced OnePlus 3, which has garnered a slew of early positive reviews. It also looks like he has a OneDrive account, which can’t be something the Google Drive team is too thrilled about.


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