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Sundar Pichai: We are Previewing the Next Version of Android at Google I/O

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Bloomberg published a massive story on Android/Chrome boss Sundar Pichai this morning that we have barely had a chance to peek at, since we are traveling to Google I/O at the moment. But as you can imagine, I/O was one of the topics highlighted, and boy did Sundar have something exciting to say in terms of Android. According to Bloomberg, Pichai and crew will show off the next version of Android at the show tomorrow to be more transparent (probably with developers and manufacturers). In other words, this gives everyone in the Android ecosystem a better chance to prepare for the next version of Android.

Pichai wouldn’t elaborate as to the name of the version, which most assume will start with an “L” and carry some sort of candy reference in the name. We also don’t know if this will be Android 4.5 or 5.0 or something else altogether.

Here is the excerpt from the story:

This year, Pichai will preview the next release (Lollipop? Lemonhead?) for the first time at I/O rather than waiting until the fall. It’s a significant shift toward greater transparency. “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner,” he says.

We may have already had a brief preview of the “L” version last night, thanks to the Chromium bug tracker. Let the hypebeasting begin.

Via:  Bloomberg | Image
  • I honestly like lollipop…but itll be hard to make an andy lollipop figure to put at googleplex…so ima go with lemon head or lifesavers kinda jumping on the similar bandwagon as teaming up with kitkat….but i did see a delicious lava cake at the store this morning while getting my ice coffee…ohhh so many options

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  • Wall Breaker

    I Feel Like a Kid On the Night before Christmas who can’t wait to open their gifts the Next Morning :):):)

  • My money’s on “Licorice”.

  • Richard Giordano

    Google releases next version of android at Google I/O…. bout an hour after announcement Motorola announces that it has begun pushing it out for the moto x, moto g, and moto e and cancels plan for the Droid line to be updated to 4.4.4 and will instead be updated for the next version of android 4.5 or 5.0 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • bassman418


  • Cesar

    I still have my money on Lemondrop.

  • HD Z

    Android’s Lame

    • Adrynalyne

      Android’s Lame, what?

      • Cesar

        Why with the superfluous comma?

        • Adrynalyne

          Because he used an apostrophe with Android giving it ownership of something lame, yet did not mention what it was.

          So my question was, Android’s Lame, what?

          Lame Duck?

  • cizzlen

    How about Android Lime. Short, simple and sweet.

    • True Radiant Free

      Android Lemon-Lime Soda!

      • cizzlen

        Lol I like it!

  • Orion

    Exciting times for Android ahead.

  • ThunderJayHawk35

    please show it on a the next Nexus phone!! shock the world!!!

  • This is what they’ve been doing every year, with the exception of last year when they delayed the release of 4.3. So where’s the news? Don’t these people know Google releases two versions of android each year, not one like Apple? WTF?

  • gardobus

    Lobster Tail
    Laffy Taffy
    Lava Cake
    Lemon Bar
    Life Savers
    Lady Fingers

    • True Radiant Free

      Lava Cake yes!!!!!

  • RoadsterHD1

    Can anyone suggest an app like Zumocast but for a Droid Maxx. I want to be able to pull open, or play file on my phone from my PC

  • Roderick Cross

    It’s gonna be called lollipop

    • Cesar

      What’s it like in the future?

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    It will be 5.0 (I’m hoping Lollipop). Switching runtimes is a big change and definitely deserves a version increment for the milestone. Giving us ART a year early to test out was necessary for such a big change.

  • Daistaar

    Quick! Name as many L candies and desserts as you can think of:

    Laffy Taffy
    Lemon Merengue

    • Cesar


  • ynksbsbll2

    Android Lamprey

  • tylerc23

    I think it’s Lemonade

  • Pootis Man

    My body is ready.

  • shelderman

    it’s lollipop since it seems round is the new theme for google.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I wouldn’t be surprised if what AP has been leaking for months is Spot on. They have a shtton of information

    • No kidding.

      It’s going to hurt to have this previewed for us today, then not be able to get our hands on it for 4+ months.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio
    • True Radiant Free

      Even though that’s just a mockup.

  • Razma

    google already does beta testing with Chrome, it makes sense for them to do something similar with Android

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio
  • Matthew Mascarenas

    Lollipop? Lemonhead? Licorice?

  • mcdonsco

    Here’s to hoping part of the focus is battery savings…since battery tech isn’t really moving would be nice to be able to have phones like the x with multiple day battery life.

  • Hope to run into DL at Google I/O. Espically Tim.

  • Reggie Fils-Aime
    • Kevin

      maybe theyve run their course just a bit

      • JSo


  • Shaunwin

    Maybe they will go a different route with the name. Maybe it will be call Larry (Page)…

  • Kevin

    i still think it should be lasagna


      Lasagna is the real codename. Ditch Desserts.

  • asten77

    This will just make it easier for apple to “borrow” new elements and roll them into iOS 8.

  • yummy

    Ism schism
    Abyss a bass
    Hard to say
    Sour diesel lollipops

    Whats yummy?

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Android/chrome unification progress I hope.

    • XvierX

      Hear hear!

  • carl rainey

    Didnt Google already implement the PDK a few years ago at io?

  • Aooga
    • Wall Breaker

      well right now all the Nexus 10 tablets are out of stack as well as all the GPE devices a week before I/O so that must hint at something.

  • Drew

    1) Didn’t Google release Jelly Bean at I/O with the Nexus 7 in 2012?

    2) Linzer torte

  • Stacey

    You guys are going to be disappointed if you are expecting the release to have a name. For now (Tomorrow) it’s just going to be L.

    And it’s a huge update, I hope OEMs will have a chance to look at it ahead of time, some devices would possibly be left behind.

    • a3uge

      Why would they announce a new version without a name? That wouldn’t make any sense.

      • Stacey

        Key word: PREVIEW.

        • a3uge

          Is OS X Yosemite out yet? Wouldn’t it be stupid if they previewed an untitled release for their new OS?

          • Stacey

            You’ll see. I say any more and I might lose my job over it lol.

          • Kevin

            whatever, your mom has it goin on.

          • Stacey

            Called it. LOL

  • I like Lemonhead for the next version. In my head, I can already see the Lemon shaped android head (with antenna ears) and the statue on the Google campus.

    • Guest

      Like this?

      • Nailed it! now get out of my head lol

    • Guest

      Like this guy?

      • Nailed it! now get out of my head lol.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Uh oh. Will Apple sue Google for previewing new updates months ahead as well?

  • T4rd

    They should make the L another 4.x variant, so they can make 5.0 called “Mustang”. Not a dessert, but it would be awesome! B-)

    • Mustang would be too trashy.

      • OreoMan

        Only if you’re calling from the ranch!

      • T4rd

        Kindly GTFO. =p

  • Nick Haug

    Maybe Android Licorice?

    • King Lo

      Licorice doesn’t evoke positive feelings in most people. Think black licorice.

      • Nick Haug

        Very true lol I hadn’t thought of that

  • droidrazredge

    I’m thinking if they go with a dessert it could be Lemon meringue if they go with a candy I’m thinking Licorice or Lolipop.

  • Brett Besa

    Lets hope they give devs the preview so it can run free through XDA. My body and my phone are ready.

    • 1337

      lol my body is DEF ready

  • This is great actually. I’ve always wanted Google to take this approach from Apple and implement it. By allowing a preview (and hopefully this means a beta for developers) to access, this allows more apps to be ready for the update. Could possibly allow OEMs/Carriers to be ready sooner (although that one is a huge wish), and lets us know what we have to look forward to, effectively building hype.

    I’m so ready for Wed.

    • sagisarius

      Yes on all of this. I’m really hoping for that OEM/Carrier thing working out with this. Would be great if I could buy any higher end Android phone/tablet and be able to expect updates.

      • Exactly. I’ve never understood why this wasn’t the way it was. I always felt that besides the “fragmentation” (which can be debated depending on who you ask), that this was one of the main reasons that apps have issues for so long. Because they don’t get access to the new build until we get it. So then we’re both sitting here, waiting for new build so our apps can function properly.

        Fingers are crossed for beta build for devs tomorrow.

        • sagisarius

          Yeah, I’m kind of wondering if they’ll just offer “preview build” factory images for Nexus devices on this, but not push updates out over the air until the fall or whatever. Which would work perfectly fine. They could even block app reviews (and just allow bug reports) to developer when someone is using a “preview build” or whatever.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          The issue is that OEMs don’t want to update. They make money by selling hardware, having to spend resources updating an OS on a phone they are no longer making money off of is counter to corporate culture.

    • Emmanuel

      Well… I do think that previews or early access to new Android version is not really the issue. Developers are not eager to update to new guidelines or new features and API’s that much because even though after months of release, not everybody has the software anyways. Less than 20% of the population of android devices have kitkat after months of release. There’s a sense of “complacency” for devs not to update to latest android standards because of the very slow rollout of the software and that what they currently have will still work for a long time.

      Imagine this (wishful) situation…. If one day Google solves fragmentation and update issues…. A new version is released, 100% adoption after a couple of days…. Dev’s will be compelled to update because their apps will not work anymore and is already outdated.

      • carl rainey

        Do we really want 100% adoption of new versions of Android? That would mean that the next version would have to be available on every low end device that doesn’t have the sensors and technology that newer devices have? That seems like it would limit Android’s ability to grow.

        • Emmanuel

          it’s not about the hardware dependent features. Just the codebase, the compatibilities, the API’s. Can you point out Kitkat specific features that need very specific hardware??

          • Daistaar

            Off hand I can think of Tap and Pay but you’re absolutely right and I agree with you. If the iPhone 4 (4years old) and iPad 2 (4 years old) can run iOS8, then we should be able to have over 80 percent of Android devices running At the very least Jelly Bean, preferably Kit Kat.

          • DainLaguna

            Well 60% of android devices run jb so we’re almost there.

            And while I don’t know about the ipad2, but apple has confirmed that the iPhone 4 is not getting the ios8 update.

          • Emmanuel

            No offense to people who have very tight budget but if you opt for a really really really affordable Android smartphone to the point that it does not have NFC then there is a very high chance that you won’t be using tap to pay in the first place.

            Having existing “older” versions of android is DEAD WEIGHT to the latest versions.

          • Daistaar

            That’s a very good point lol. Having to support older versions will stifle progress. You’re right. i do hope Google tightens up their ship this year and pushes back against carriers instead of competing with them. This is why I’d like to see this year from Google and Android:

            * Remove applications from the Play store if they haven’t seen an update in 365 days.
            * Deprecate anything below OS 4.0.
            * Better Enterprise integration and MDM support.
            * AOSP Beta for developers.
            * More negotiating power and Android control against Mobile Carriers (Especially since the carriers are no longer subsidizing devices)

      • asten77

        I don’t think it’s about making them update to new design guidelines or whatever, but at the minimum, making sure they still function as is on newer versions.

      • But with the early access, it could also benefit the OEM/Carrier update process. Of course, this is a big wish also. But it could do so. So that would be killing two birds with one stone.

        But again…this is a BIG wish on our part. The fragmentation is never really the issue anymore, this is seen by the speed at which international versions, and more recently the Moto X, are updated. It’s mainly down to the OEM additions and carrier testing that hold up updates.

      • zurginator

        Devs generally don’t want to overhaul their apps to begin with.

        Google almost switches design guidelines every 6 months. At the very least they get big tweaks. Sure, it’s nice for us techies to keep seeing new things, but it’s a pain in the arse for devs to keep reworking.

        Conversely Apple has put like 1 tweak on their guidelines out since starting – and it is a tweak because it’s the same layout but flat.

        Android got a layout change with 2.3, 3.0, 4.0, and 4.3. Now we’re likely to see another.

    • Mike H.

      A preview makes sense since the rumor is they are going to ditch dalvik and go to ART. developers need the time to essentially remake their apps to be compatible.

      • I forgot about that. That would definitely be a major motivator to get a preview in the hands of devs to make sure it all works.

    • d-rock

      Considering the switch from DRT to ART, I think a preview is very necessary for developers. Many many older apps will probably be dead for Android 5.0+. We’ll see what the back compatibility will be like.

    • Maxim∑

      Google does everything internally and usually do a pretty good job the first time around but I agree having an iOS like approach with betas over the summer followed by the release in the fall is a good idea. I don’t expect android lollipop to be a huge release so maybe it won’t be necessary. I guess you’ll know very soon

      Androids fragmentation might limit what they can do though

    • TrutherOfBring

      Well, OEMs like Samsung and HTC get new versions sooner already, but it still seems they’re behind.

  • BuckNut614


  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I KNEW IT!. . . MORE ANDROID. We need a UI update….maybe…. I don’t know what we need we just need newness

    • Carlos Lopez

      A ui update would be nice indeed

    • cizzlen

      Android has looked the same since 2011, I think it’s time for a redesign!

  • XvierX

    My body is ready

  • Ajmobileguru

    How about just lime pie (from Key lime pie before Kitkat stole the march)

    • Curtis

      …have you ever had “Lime Pie” before?

      • Aooga

        I’d imagine it would be pretty horrible.

  • MichaelFranz

    Apple approach – Show it off and debut it months down the road. I actually like the idea

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    We’re excited for what @Google has in store at #io14. Any guesses for the Android L release name? pic.twitter.com/A4CtKGsFgh— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) June 24, 2014

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      HTC tease!

      • Bryan Mills

        Eh, I hope Google sticks with LG

        • Matthew DiGiacomo

          Heh? HTC is making the next Nexus device.

          • JSo


          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            It’s from AP and is more than rumor.

          • JSo

            Until its official, it’s a rumor. The images could have been mocked up by some random person for all we know.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            AP doesn’t take to throwing their name behind something that aren’t sure about.

          • blahblahblah

            You’re an idiot lol.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Thanks! For what?

          • needa

            i am still waiting on cameron to eat that shoe he promised everyone he would eat if the nexus 4 was called the nexus 4. i agree that they don’t like to be wrong, but sometimes they are.

          • Bryan Mills

            That recent article the Verge had looked like a stretched out Nexus 5

          • Bryan Mills

            Well. There goes that purchase

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Are you serious? HTC makes amazing devices.

          • Bryan Mills

            Camera? No. Stock camera as well? Ew! Bezels? Ew. Small battery? Ew.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo


          • Bryan Mills

            HTCs cameras sucks, Google’s stock camera to add makes it even worse. HTC also uses small batteries. And the Bezels on their devices are huge.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Actually the camera isn’t that bad. The M8s battery life is fantastic. The bezel on the M8 was the only time it was big and yes it was annoying but the speakers were awesome. Look up Volantis. Bezels are fine.

          • Bryan Mills

            M7 was just as bad as well. Camera is good, if you don’t zoom, or want any detail.

          • jimt

            Who needs detail with a camera? Blurry is good.

          • Azurri Bye

            These Samsung trolls are becoming a bit annoying. Can’t beat the build quality of HTC or LG devices, they pay trolls to spew nonsense over all the Android blogs. Ugh.

          • ja7lewis

            If you want detail so bad, get a DSLR

          • Mike

            The HTC Rezound had a great camera and the dual flash allowed for awesome night shots, especially up close. Otherwise the phone had bad battery life, was too heavy/thick and the bezels were way too big. I wish my LG G2 had the Rezound camera!

          • CheapPlasticL

            No. That Nexus5-like device is LG’s “Android Silver” tablet.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            What? Are you drunk?

          • Wall Breaker

            the nexus 6 was actually confirmed in the works recently by a google employee.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Hey HTC! How about L for “Losing Money Every Quarter?” . . . huh?

      • Matthew DiGiacomo


      • AppleMicrosoft

        “Losing Money Every Quarter” is Motorola’s official tagline since the Google’s acquisition.

        yet it wants to convince everybody that:
        4.7″ is great.
        thick yellow brick is design.
        10mp OIS-less is perfect.
        2,200 mAh is awesome!

        Active Display is differentiation.
        “Moto X” is branding.
        MotoMaker is marketing.

        • goose

          Motorola’s been losing money since their stupid walkie-talkie cell phone.

        • thunderbird32

          I’m not one of them, but a lot of people like the 4.7″ form factor of the MotoX. Choice is good. Also, as design is subjective, I’d say that personally I quite like the hardware design of the X.

        • malcmilli

          so by your criteria the only thing anyone anywhere ever wants is either an iphone or a galaxy s device?

        • cizzlen

          Haha I wish I could like this comment more than once.

    • Go home HTC, you’re drunk.

    • Razma

      ooh lava cake, id say that one since im hungry

  • Guy Pierce

    Taking votes:
    Laffy Taffy
    Life Savers
    Lindor Truffles
    Lip Pops Lollipops
    Lolli Pops
    Long Boys
    Luv Pops

    • Matthew DiGiacomo


    • MichaelFranz

      Licorice is my vote

    • Droid Ronin

      I would be laughing hysterically if it were Laffy Taffy.

      • Mark Mann

        Or would you be laffing?

        • roguereversal

          well done sir

    • Bryan Mills

      Love Boys

      • Guy Pierce

        Waiting for this!!!

    • Captain Spaulding

      Lemon Meringue Pie

    • BiggiePhat

      Lindor Truffles all the way

    • WitnessG

      Lollipop is the best choice.

  • sagisarius

    This is great news! I think a lot of people have been hoping they’d do this for a while to make sure “everyone” can get their phone updates out at the same time, to make sure app devs have time to get their apps ready… and to make sure there aren’t 20 bugs in it!

    • JSo

      I always thought that was the point of the Nexus program and why they got the updates first.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Maybe the dev build of the “L” release will only be available for nexus devices?

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Technically, that was true. However, this is more clearly a “hey, if you’re not a developer then you probably don’t want this to be on your device”, since a lot of consumers ended up with Nexus devices.

        It also gives the OEMs a 4-5 month head start on updates, so they have absolutely zero excuses for late updates, since the major features are going to be set now, and everyone can work toward bug fixing.

        • If this is how they do it, that would be simply amazing. Brilliant idea. Q3 comes around and all the latest phones will recieve an OTA at the same time to the latest version. Fragmentation could potentially be a thing of the past… This is exciting.

      • cadtek91

        The “point” of the Nexus program was to show off the best from Google, having stock Android.

        • JSo

          The Nexus program is a developer program.

      • sagisarius

        I think that was the point of the Nexus program at first… but google has been grappling with the expectation of everyone wants the exciting new thing for a while. GPE helped speed that up, but I suspect part of the point with this is to go much further in eliminating that.

  • Curtis


  • Marikel

    I think this might be similar to how Apple does their updates. Manufacturers will get ahold of it so that they can have it released for their flagships soon after it’s released. This is great news.

  • chris125

    Wonder if they will do betas like ios. They definitely could use the feedback with all the bugs before release

  • StaR BLenD

    You guys think Nexus 4 will get the update to this New version of Android?

    • JSo

      In one way or the other.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s only a year and half old. Of course it will.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I’m fairly certain that it will. Kit Kat was developed on gimped Nexus 4s, and it looks like that may continue to be their target to ensure that they don’t let the base OS processes get out of hand. Only way to keep that up is to make sure they have a build for the Nexus 4.

      The only reason that the Galaxy Nexus was left behind was because of the OMAP processor. Otherwise, it would be on Kit Kat; it certainly has the specs for it, just not the vendor firmware support.

    • canavi

      Read in another article that L was being tested on a nexus 4.

  • Jpx

    So it does sound like they are taking the “apple model” of updates. Preview it and send it out to the masses a couple of months later

    • And I love if this is what they’re going to do from now on. I never understood the whole “keep it locked up until its finished” model.

    • pawsd

      Please don’t attribute beta testing to Apple. We don’t need another thing for them to pretend they invented.

      • Jpx

        I never said Apple invented beta, but I do agree with what your saying. Just comparing it

  • This makes me feel like the Nexus program is done.

  • JSo

    So a preview. Not a release? That will make the wait even harder.

    • Carlos Lopez

      The dev community should have a release out by the end of IO 😉

      • JSo

        That’s what I’m hoping. If Google releases all the tools for it.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        It will likely be access to a pre-release branch of AOSP. Hence, once the code is uploaded, you can compile the new version for your device, provided the firmware blobs for your platform are available of course, just like any other version of AOSP.

      • Perfect Nexus

        Artem, from androidpolice stated that there are some rumors that Nexus device may get a preview build before the release build…. (Not saying that this will happen this week…. but its still good info to know)

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          Trading g2 for nexus 5. Pm me

    • n11

      Just a state of mind. I’d rather know what new features will be coming, and the fact of knowing that developers are getting ready early for the features so it’ll be ready in time for launch makes the wait easier.

      • JSo

        Well to me, that’s teasing me with something awesome and saying I can’t have it yet. I don’t like that. lol

    • Be willing to bet my bottom dollar that one of the reasons they decided to preview it was because they’ve got Apple trying to act like they’ve caught up to Android. I imagine this will put Apple even further down the mobile OS totem pole.

    • I’m pretty sure it’s a release. He didn’t say preview, the numbnuts that wrote the article did.

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  • Shane Redman

    Here’s to Lemonhead!

    • Android_09

      I think lemon meringue pie would be sweet too! Maybe they’ll go with it since they decided not to stick with key lime pie. I don’t think they are gonna do another name-brand thing again.

      • Shane Redman

        I think they should….at least 3 more times. KitKat is red, Lemonhead would be yellow, Mike & Ikes would be green, Nestle Crunch for blue. The company colors!

        • Android_09

          But a type of pie fits in with what Android is really named after, which is a dessert not a piece of candy.

          • Shane Redman

            eh….they already broke the cycle with kit kat and jelly bean. And would you really eat a honeycomb after dinner? 😉

          • Android_09

            yeah of course! that was the only one I didn’t think would be weird to eat after dinner haha 🙂

    • Menger40

      Lemon drop!

      • Shane Redman

        mmmmm good drinking!……errrr thinking

    • David Mann

      – Insert Monkey Island reference here –

  • Guy Pierce


  • Bryan Mills

    I’m surprised. Figured we’d see it next year. /s

    I do want a new Nexus 10, though. Please Google.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I really hope they don’t release another Nexus 10

      • Bryan Mills

        Yeah I hope they never release another Nexus

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Yeah, the Nexus brand has run its course, I think. Google simply needs to move on.

          • ButThenYouWokeUp

            Yeah, the i brand has run its course, I think. Apple simply needs to move on.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            One of these things is not like the other…..

        • grumpyfuzz

          That makes sense, considering you just said you want a new nexus 10…