Google has not officially announced the next version of Android in a way that many other companies might, but that doesn’t mean they can’t show off what they’re working on, or what end users can expect to see later this year when the new update officially releases.
The next Android version is rumored for an imminent preview at Google I/O today, with the full release following sometime next fall. However, so far, we have been in the dark in regards to the possible name of this version. After Jelly Bean and KitKat, we’re due for a sugary treat starting with the letter L, and the names lollipop, licorice, lemonade, lava cake, lemon pie, and others were making the online rounds.
Being a developers conference, Google I/O has always been focused on, well, developers, with the search giant holding off the announcement of a new version of Android until later in the year, usually at a dedicated event that also introduces a new Nexus device. This year, however, Google might be taking inspiration from Apple and previewing the next major version of Android much earlier than usual.
A University of Michigan student by the name of Jinesh Shah likes to play around in Photoshop when he’s not studying. He’s released an “Android 5.0 Design Concept” that’s currently being passed around the Android community because it’s so incredibly polished. Shah didn’t do anything too radical to the current version of Android however, he just made the bottom control bar transparent, made widgets overlap, integrated Google Now into the home screen, and tweaked the Google search widget. Still, the guy did put some effort into this, so I’m sharing it here.
Let’s not beat around the bush: Android is a bloated operating system. You need some pretty beefy specs to make it sing. The same can’t be said about Windows Phone, which runs flawlessly on devices that cost less than $150. And as for Apple’s iOS, it’s often faster and more responsive on iPhones that have half the horsepower as the latest devices from either Samsung or HTC.
Earlier this week, the Samsung fan site SamMobile published a list of devices that would and would not get updated to the next version of Android. As expected, every high end phone to come out in 2012 is due to get the update.
The two year old Galaxy S II however, it’s only going to get Android 4.2.2.