Google has filed a trademark for the name 'Pigweed', which appears to be a new operating system.
As 9to5Google (opens in new tab) explains, the filing (opens in new tab) was spotted by Reddit user Igats (opens in new tab), who has a history of digging out interesting trademark applications. The document was filed on January 31, and states that Google intends to use the new name for 'computer operating software'.
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Although its pink or white flowers are attractive, pigweed is indeed a weed that's traditionally fed to pigs, and larger plants turn into tumbleweeds when they die, rolling across the land and gradually falling to pieces. It's a strangely unglamorous choice for a new OS, so what's going on?
Back to the Fuchsia?
Following the botanical theme, Pigweed could simply be a less elegant name for Google Fuchsia.
Fuchsia is a forthcoming mobile operating system intended to combine features from Android and Chrome OS, but we've heard very little news about it in recent months. Its name was trademarked years ago, but that doesn't mean it's guaranteed to remain the same.
The name 'Pigweed' did appear in a proposed code change (opens in new tab) from November, before being switched back to 'Fuchsia'. A reference to a 'Pigweed project' has also been spotted in Google's Chromium code repository.