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Did Google Really Tease Android 5.0 in These Screenshots?

The screenshots including above may look like Google is sharing info on how you can keep up with the World Cup through Google Now. And you know what? They are. But, there is something else that the hypebeasts in the building will have a field day with, and that’s the clock. What does “5:00” in a series of screenshots have to do with anything? Well, if you have been following the Android game at all over the years, quite a bit actually. Is it a hint at Android 5.0? Maybe. 

You see, whenever a new Google product is released, typically a Nexus device, Google uses the clock to show the version of Android that it is running. For example, the Nexus 4 was introduced with “4:20” as the time, because it ran Android 4.2. The Galaxy Nexus showed “4:00” because it ran Android 4.0. The original Nexus 7 had “4:10” in the clock for Android 4.1. If you look at current pages for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10 on Google Play, they all show clocks with “4:40” as the time. Yes, that is in reference to Android 4.4 that they are now running. Hell, even the Nexus S showed “2:30” in the clock in reference to Gingerbread, Android 2.3. If you can’t tell, Google has been doing this for a long time.

So, does that mean that Google just teased us with Android 5.0? Well, if you buy into the idea that Google shows the time as the version of Android, then yes. If you buy into Google as the ultimate troll, then you have that as well. Keep in mind that the @GoogleNexus account gave us a preview of the new dialer through Twitter, weeks before it was released in Android 4.4.3. These things do happen.

The bigger question is – when is it potentially coming? With Google I/O only two weeks away, is there any chance that we see it then? That’s a tough call. If they do, then Google has done a brilliant job at keeping it completely secret. Or again, they could be trolling the fanboys that pick up on things like a clock meaning version of Android.


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  • Jason Brown

    why not 4:43 for the time?

  • all google andriod updates are suck! STUPID UPDATE

  • Danish Prakash

    So, why not a new device? 🙁

  • Lumia Nexus

    i have had enough of this bull sugar android 4, 4,1,4,2,4,3,and 4.4. nothing new for end user in any of these releases so not looking forward to 5. at least in other OS, you can see changes and functions for end user.

  • ayub mohd

    Navigation black bars are transparent.

    • TTmod

      That happened with 4.4

      • HighlyRefinedPirate

        I think he is talking about within applications.

        • Kevin

          That happened in 4.4.

          • HighlyRefinedPirate

            Negative. I run VZW Moto X 4.4 and there is no app that has transparent nav buttons. I don’t know about the Nexus 5, but it sounds like it’s native for the N5, not 4.4

          • Kevin

            Download Pushbullet.

  • Michael

    If the rumors are true about the new design standards, I could see this being true, time will tell.

  • kali bred

    Well the first match starts at 4 (3:45 programing start but that’s opening ceremony) on the east coast with half time taking about 10-15 minutes so it showing 54 mins in is reasonable for it to show on the screen shot for 5 o’clock

  • Simon Belmont

    Interesting find. It sure is about time for a major version update (4.x -> 5.x), as we’ve been on Android 4.x since 2011 (long time in mobile tech years).

    Well, we have less than two weeks left to find out. Interesting times for Android, indeed.

  • Paul

    Should probably note that, while the @Android account’s images match clock to Android version, the @Google account (which this 5:00 image came from) has posted plenty of images with random times in the clock.

    • Paul
      • Justin Foster

        But if we’re really desperate, we could say that in those pictures the last two numbers are 5.0!! O_O It’s everywhere #TheNumber23

        And in fact, the full time is 9:50, and that picture was posted on June 11. 9+5+0= 14, June 11 + 14 = June 25, the FIRST DAY OF GOOGLE I/O

        • Guest

          i can appreciate the 23 reference good sir -_-

        • Guest


      • Guest

        And in fact, the full time is 9:50, and that picture was posted on June 11. 9+5+0= 14, June 11 + 14 = June 25, the FIRST DAY OF GOOGLE I/O

      • cwillen

        HELL YEAH!!!! Previews of Android 9.5 (Yellow Cake)!!! Good find man!

        • grumpyfuzz

          So… what happens when we reach Z? (whenever that day will come)

          • cwillen


          • michael arazan

            Count Down to AI when Google becomes self aware

          • Justin Foster

            Probably start using double letters like AB or symbols lol.

  • Frettfreak

    Man, when i initially read the first little bit of the story on the front page i thought “he is reaching here”… BUT then i clicked and saw the rest of the screen shots and now i would have to agree….its 5.0

  • ronnie

    its bs cause i havent gotten 4.4.2/3 on my lg optimus f6

  • hyperbeatser

    well perhaps it is android 5.0, but we can’t tell anything from those screens anyways

  • Gsizzle

    Good Catch!

  • EdubE24

    Start the daily “When will my phone get 5.0” questions!!

    • Cesar

      How come the Verzion Moto X doesn’t have 5.0 yet??? Lenovo is already ruining Motorola!!! DARN YOU LENOVO!!!

      • Gr8Ray

        Read the article again, dummy! You have to wait until 5:00!

  • Johngi

    4:20… Hehehe

    • lolololz

      project cannabutter

  • Disqus_n00b

    They should do “17:00” to really mess with us

  • William_Morris

    Half-Life 3 confirmed.

    • Mike Aurin

      His was better.

      • Gr8Ray

        That’s what she said.

  • drrichardkimble

    5.0 – 4.4 = 0.6
    Two weeks until I/O
    0.6/2 = 0.3
    10 years since Half Life 2 was released
    0.3*10 = 3
    Half Life 3 Confirmed

    • William_Morris

      Obviously you and I thought the same thing.

    • Tim Rahill

      Whyyyyyyyyy….let it go man…the hype will never be worth the wait.. how about the next gen of the source engine. Thats something good…..however i feel Valve is overrated.

      • Cesar

        Not sure if serious…

        • Mike Aurin

          Hope not serious….

      • Grayson

        Oh, it’s worth the wait and hype my friend, at least in my opinion. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that I was the perfect age to enjoy the series. I was in middle school when Half-Life came out, then I played Counter-Strike all through high school to get me to my freshman year of college, when Half-Life 2 came out. Now that I’m married, I’m sure I would have trouble finding the time and convincing the wife that I’m not spontaneously reverting to a pimply teenage gamer, but to be honest, I probably would revert to a teenage gamer state of mind if Half-Life 3 came out! And it would be awesome!

      • OF

        Sorta like Detox and Dr.Dre. Sorry, it had to be said…

      • Tim Rahill Can’t Deny

        Yeah, totally overrated.

        I mean Dota2 is awful and no way selling a pdf that talks about TI4 teams and lets you guess arbitrary stats about the coming tournament would make any money whatsoever. Only like, $9,000,000 tops…

        LoL is so much better, I love paying for heroes the game should come with. It is so original too and isn’t a clone of anything. OG META-MOBA.

    • Lucky Armpit

      Absolutely hilarious. Thanks!

    • T4rd

      I can’t wait until Valve actually announces HL3 so the “HL3 confirmed” comments will actually be accurate. =p

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I can’t wait till it is confirmed so the HL3 confirmed comments go away!

        • David Davidson

          I can’t wait until it’s confirmed so I can play it and then bitch about how it sucks for a game that’s been in development for a decade.

          • michael arazan

            We all know it means Battlefront 3 confirmed

    • Nayners

      This never gets old.

    • fa3sr011

      This is pretty damned ingenious if you ask me!

    • grGeorgieboy

      Well played sir… Well played

    • John Davids
    • viper1549

      I needed that laugh thank you hahaha

    • alexandru benza

      392 upvotes as of my reading. personally i hope it NEVER gets confirmed, as i imagine comments like kimble’s here made a whole lotta people laugh!

      me included!

  • Brian Walz


  • Asimoalex

    i was hoping for a more beefed update if this is showing anything but im guessing no

  • Brazil v. Croatia kicks off at 5:00 PM local time, could just be that as well.

    • LosttsoL

      According to this Google ad, the game is already 54 minutes in and still tied.

  • gorkon

    Me thinks that ye be reading too much into these screenshots….

  • Henry C

    I don’t see why 5.0 needs to be a major change, they’ve already teased the new design of their apps with the Google+ update, why couldn’t 5.0 just be that all their apps will follow that same flat UI style and maybe a couple of features, but keeping the overall UI the same.

    • Frettfreak

      I dont think the ui change will be THAT drastic. There will be changes but google isnt going to completely alienate their users by COMPLETELY changing the way the OS functions. It will be just new UI elements and probably mostly the same navigation. Just my guess

  • mcdonsco

    4:20…that’s funny

  • Derek Duncan


  • chris kilps

    Probably not they just did a major change with kitkat, and they said that they were going to space there major updates farther apart so that carrier could catch up. Also this just an add for Google now soccer.5.0 probably never come out to the public. it will more likely called 5.1.2 lemonhead

  • Alan Paone

    This is definite confirmation that we’ll see 5.0 before we hit 4.6

  • Alan Paone

    I thought that was a really cool response to the way the internet made fun of them for having different times on the clocks in all the G1 marketing materials.

  • Ben Murphy

    The more you know!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    BLAH? . . . that’s not what’s important here………That screen shot is showing the Brazil v Croatia that doesn’t start for another 5 hours….in the 54th minute. Is Android 5.0 going to predict the future? Serious question

    • MistaButters

      I think when they were calculating the time into the game they forgot about the half time. Or else they’d be pretty close to the actual clock time at 5:00pm eastern.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Stop trying to ruin my dreams butters! You’re grounded!

        • TheFirstUniverseKing

          Pinocchio grounding butters. You margarine kidding me.

  • Omar Amer

    Very Well possible. Guess we will find out in two weeks or so if they are going to reveal 5.0 or if it will be left closer to the next nexus release(if there is one).

  • yodatom10

    its Google…. they are the internet troll kings.

  • Only 5.0? No 6.0?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Nexus must learn to walk before Silver can fly, grasshopper.

  • Aooga

    It must be fun working in a company like Google and just teasing millions of people.

    • Kevin

      Lol at teasing “millions”.

      • feztheforeigner