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What Could Possibly Go Wrong With Google Asking The Internet To Come Up With An N-Word?

Google is asking you to name the new Android system something starting with an N. Because the internet is so responsible?

Posted on May 18, 2016, at 2:26 p.m. ET

Google just announced a new version of Android, and the company is asking the internet to help name it. Android operating systems are named alphabetically — the most recent one was Marshmallow, and before that was Lollipop. That means this one needs to start with an N.

Some people realized this *might* not be a GREAT idea...


Google should maybe not crowdsource any product names, like, ever. #nameandroidN #io16

it's all I can do to resist pointing out that currently the name is, functionally, "android n-word"

It's not like the internet has ever fucked with something that they're allowed to interact with.

Like the GOP fax printer.

Or naming a boat.

Or the Time 100 list.

Or a screen at a New York Fashion Week show that showed tweets.

Of course, in the case of Android N, the suggestions don't get displayed anywhere; they just are sent into some mystery ballot at Google where, presumably, the most popular name will be chosen. So even if it's something bad, we won't ever really see it. But you know, even so.

Good luck, Google.


This post was updated to clarify that the name suggestions aren't displayed to the public.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.