As customary since Cupcake, Google erected a statue on its Building 44 campus lawn to mark the unveiling of its latest major Android revision.
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…)
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…)
Update: How about some video action of the ICS statue?
And would you look at that… (more…)