Android ‘L’ Stands For ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’


For quite some time, people have been wondering what the ‘codename’ for the Android L would stand for. The Mountain View company normally names Android versions based on desserts from around the world, and until now we’ve seen Eclair, Froyo, Jelly Bean, and KitKat. Google has been using the word “Android L” till now for the new version, and hasn’t officially announced its full form. As per Android Police, Android L might be standing for “Lemon Meringue Pie” and Android Police explains why.

Android L and the story of Lemon Meringue Pie

The blog has found “multiple official sources in code and documentation that list the next release as “LMP”. LMP here stands for Lemon Meringue Pie. The first source of this information is obtained from the extract of the Android SDK preview builds, which are available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 and there we can find “lmp-preview-release.”

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Another source of this information is the WiFi certification for HTC’s “Flounder” tablet, AKA, the Volantis, which is said to be the Nexus 9 tablet. This firmware is named as “LMP”.


If you search for the term “IMP” on the Android Open Source Project repository, then you can get nine results in total, and one of them contains LMP as the title of the heading.

Are these the indications that Android L might really mean Lemon Meringue Pie? Well, nothing is set in stone right now. By looking at the past, we can say that Google knows how to confuse users. When Android 4.4 KitKat was announced, everyone thought that Android K would mean key Lime Pie, but they turned out to be wrong. The name “Android Lemon Meringue Pie” should be taken with a grand of salt.

However, now that the official release is near, we won’t have to wait long to learn the true identity of Android L.