We know that you have been keeping up with all of today’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow talk, including our ongoing list of “What’s new,” the new boot animation, behind the scenes video of the name unveiling, download links for the latest preview, and the new wallpapers, but there was still one item we have all been waiting for – the official statue reveal video.
That video is now live. It features a bunch of Googlers waiting around for the statue’s sheet to be pulled, so that they can all snap pictures and snack on whatever the treat is underneath. Even with their factory screen protectors on, Googlers always seem to enjoy the occasion.
Mmmm, marshmallows. (more…)
What does the “M” in Android M stand for? WE DON’T KNOW. But we might soon! Googlers Nat and Lo gave us this fun little jingly video this morning, teasing that we might find out within the next week. The description under the clip says “Here’s a little musical hint about our next episode,” so since they tend to do weekly videos, next week is a good bet.
Keep in mind that if they are preparing the next name and statue, that also means that stable Android M will be out, or at least the final preview. Then we move towards the release of new Nexus devices and a whole new wave of updates that will take months and months to arrive on your favorite phones. Fun!
My official guess is Marshmallow.
What’s yours? (more…)
As customary since Cupcake, Google erected a statue on its Building 44 campus lawn to mark the unveiling of its latest major Android revision.
Appropriately for Android 5.0 Lollipop, the sculpture is of Bugdroid, the Android mascot, making a “Peace” sign and holding the stem of a massive lollipop. (more…)
We probably spend far too much time each year debating the potential name of the next version of Android. Because Google decided long ago that they would name each new version (that they deemed worthy of a name change) after something sweet and delightful in an alphabetical order, it has become a competition to see who can get it right, find the name first in Google code, or simply throw out the most random treat starting with the current letter.
As you all know, the current letter is L, and as of Google I/O, we have a preview build for Android L that continues to tease us on a daily basis. It begs for us to guess at what it might stand for. It wants us to proclaim that we know the meaning of “L.” So far, there have been zero hints. Is it Lollipop? Is it Lemon Meringue Pie? Is it something else? (more…)
The arrival of the Kit Kat statue on the Google campus, as seen by the Android team.
Update: Oh boy, what device is the guy holding at the 38-second mark?
Update 2: And Google has now pulled the clip.
Android boss Sundar Pichai just revealed the new name of the next major version of Android – Kit Kat. Through a picture of a new statue on the Google campus lawn along with a note posted to Google+, Pichai said that he “can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites.” In other words, goodbye Key Lime Pie – hello, Kit Kat. (more…)
I introduced Tim and Kellen to the Harlem Shake yesterday, which then led to us all scouring YouTube to find the dozens of lunatics taking part in the latest internet craze. It seems people in the Google office couldn’t resist getting in on the viral video movement as well. No one here may actually be doing the actual Harlem Shake dance move, but if you want to see some of the Google team going nuts infront of their iconic Android statues, you can’t pass up this video.
Typically when a new Android statue arrives on Google’s campus, it’s coupled with an official announcement of the new version of Android. We’ve seen the Jelly Bean statue as it arrives, the Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, Gingerbread, and Froyo statues too, all around the time that the Android team drops new code on us. Today’s statue included no such party, though the Android community manager that posted it sure teased the hell out of us. (more…)