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23 August 2019

The new version
of Google Android is dropping its dessert-base naming convention and has
updated the Android logo to improve accessibility.

Traditionally
Google Android has featured a naming convention based on desserts and in alphabetical
order in addition to its numerical name. Recent examples of Android operating
systems include 7.0 Nougat, 8.0 Oreo and 9.0 Pie. However, for the next version
Google has announce did will simply be called Android 10.

In
addition, Google has launched a new Android logo that has been specifically
designed with accessibility in mind. In a video outlining the change, it is
stated that the updated Android logo features a “…new colour palette and visual
identity system.”

The video highlights the change by stating “The core of Android is for everyone…accessibility has already been at the heart of Android recognition…we wanted to stay in the family of green but unless we use a really dark green, its hard for some people to see.”

 “So we developed a more robust accessibility palette…we
now have all our communication accessible to all.”  

The logo
change significantly improves the colour contrast, making it compatible with
the 4.5:1 colour contrast ratio required by the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
(WCAG) 2.1 Level AA standard.

Android 10 is currently available as a public beta with its formal release, along with the new logo, expected in the coming months.

The Centre for Accessibility is a joint project by Media on Mars, DADAA and Dr Scott Hollier and is funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services.

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