Nishtha KanalSep 12, 2013 16:42:53 IST
Wishful thinking, but there’s a chance the next version of Android will be named Android Ladoo or Android Lassi, if these ingenious desis have their way. After a failed attempt at trying to convince Google to name version 4.3 of the operating system Kaju Katli, Indians are back in action to try and convince the OS’ chief Sundar Pichai to look towards the motherland to name the next Android.
A bunch of Google fans who had been campaigning to name the recently christened KitKat version of Android Kaju Katli are a little disappointed. The gang wrote to Android and Google honchos and even handed a Senior VP of Google a box of the Indian sweet. It’s sad because the Senior VP was Amit Singhal who has probably eaten Kaju Katli all his life and it’s sadder that Google went on to name Android version 4.3 KitKat, after a chocolate bar available over the world; a brand name instead of a generic dessert name.
Android Ladoo, because Google needs to go desi
However, as they write, “We are Indians. We have big hearts. We understand that there might be commercial pressures to do so. Or maybe our voices were just not loud enough to make KajuKatli Android a reality.” So now, the pressure is on Google to consider naming the next version of Android “Ladoo” after the round delicious Indian savoury. Surely, the Android mascot will look brilliant, painted in yellow with a sphere for stomach.
They have a website up and urge you to show your support for Android Ladoo. The campaign has seen close to 5100 supporters as of now who would like to see the OS version named after Ladoo.
If you thought India was unanimous about the name it wished Pichai would christen Android, think again. A group of students from IIT-Kharagpur – which also happens to be Pichai’s alma mater – are lobbying for Android to be named Lassi. The yogurt based drink has been proposed by the group and an open letter shot off.
"We would like to suggest that the very next version of Android be named on one of the most popular Indian dessert, Lassi. Lassi, the humble Indian sweetened yogurt based drink, is a traditional chilled beverage of India served with an assortment of flavourings. Lassi symbolizes the purity and delicacy of Indian culture. This explains the huge cult following that Lassi commands all over India," reads the letter.
All in all, the pleas are that Google and Android acknowledge the growing Indian Android community. A version named after an Indian sweet could well push the OS’ already fast growing user base in the country higher.
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