Android circles are freaking out after a statement made by Android lead Sundar Pichai suggests we could see the next version of Android unveiled (in some capacity) during this week’s Google I/O developer conference. According to Bloomberg, Google will preview Android L (Lemonhead, Lollipop?) during this year’s keynote, with Pichai going on the record as saying:
“I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”
While that quote doesn’t necessarily reveal much, Bloomberg says this is Mountain View’s effort for greater transparency in regard to firmware updates. With Apple already giving the world a preview of their next OS release for mobile — iOS 8 — during WWDC last month, perhaps this is Google’s way of stealing some of Apple’s thunder.
Where we didn’t expect to see anything more than a Google app redesign at this year’s I/O, we suppose the event (and Android) is still too young to pin a specific pattern of announcements or releases. As we all know, when it comes to Google (and Android), you never know what you’re gonna get.
In the back of our minds, we can’t help but hope Google will also provide a limited developer preview of Android L before it officially rolls out to the world with their rumored Android Silver program. Hey, we can dream, right?