Chromium

A user at reddit stumbled across something cool earlier today, and it just might give a hint at what's to come in the next version of Android.

The image you see was attached to a bug report from the fine folks who build Chromium. Apparently there is an issue with the code that causes windows to not be drawn correctly when a device is rotated from portrait to landscape. The post has been pulled, of course, but not before everyone interested was able to get some screenshots. Above is the most interesting one.

While we're not going to claim we know what we're seeing here, a couple things stand out:

  • There's an upper-case L where the debugging icon should be.
  • Chrome will have a new status indicator for https pages.
  • This version of Android has a bell next to the clock that looks very much like the Chrome desktop notifications bell.
  • The pop-up message has a new look.
  • Finally, the Chrome window isn't full screen. It's floating in some crazy position where it dips into the navigation bar halfway, and you can see the desktop on either side.

Like I said, we have no idea what any of this means, if any of it is final software, or even what device it comes from. We just wanted to share and enjoy the discussion.

Discuss at will!

 
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Taz89 says:

Seems like project hera

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Yes sir

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jeddo45 says:

Richard! Welcome back! I've missed you man! Seriously!

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WolfpacDAR says:

I'm confused... this post doesn't even mention Samsung once!

What is this project Hera?

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Taz89 says:

Read these articles if you want to know more about project hera and what the next version of Android is likely to be

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/06/rumor-googles-plan-to-bridge-chr...

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/25/rumor-ok-google-everywhere-modul...

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jeddo45 says:

Man! I can't wait to see the next version of Android!

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bbdub says:

Mr. Jingles!

Ready for some of this in the notification bar: http://www.androidcentral.com/mr-jingles-spreads-some-thanksgiving-cheer

Jonneh says:

Can't wait!

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david279 says:

Aliens

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anthonok says:

I'm thinking that when a pop up appears it "pushes" the current app "down" in 3 dimensional space ever so subtly. That could make for a very sexy animation if done right. Think of iOS 7 folders in a sense... Idk what what I'm talking about. Maybe it would slide in from the top and push the app down.
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That's what I was thinking. It would be pretty cool to have it do that.

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m477 says:

Yeah, the animation thing was exactly what i was thinking.

franky_402 says:

That's what I initially thought as well, would look very nice

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JoeLemaire says:

Isn't the bell in the upper right the silent notification? Looks like it has a line through it...

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Yes, it has a line through it, but it looks the exact same as the bell you find in Chrome and Chrome OS for notifications. The line is different, but the bell is the same.

sentinelred says:

Android 5 confirmed! Lol

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jeddo45 says:

Half life 3 confirmed!

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shaytoon21 says:

LOL

Jonneh says:

Hahaha

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Johnny Blake says:

Android 5.2.7 Mint Patty

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jeddo45 says:

L....L is next bro! Then M!

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DeerSteak says:

Well, 4.0 was ICS and 4.1-4.3 were JB, so 5.2.x could be M. :D

Johnny Blake says:

I thought of using N for a 5.2.x build. It's doubtful L will still be the player that far down.

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richardrk says:

Confirmed. It runs Crysis!

eahinrichsen says:

Yes, but only at 30fps, you mobile-gaming pleb!

jacob114489 says:

I think its a silent bell. Because all notifications and app signs like battery status, it's all on the left.

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Something tells me ol' Rab is going to be getting some emails.

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jackwagon06 says:

Lol....I thought the same thing! First about the leaked screen shot, then about all those accounts!

I usually am drinking while posting here.....sorry

More of some sort of marriage between Android and chrome OS?

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Gator352 says:

Marriage with a pre nup?

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Grahaman27 says:

Version "L" 5.0!!

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zackmack7 says:

I swear I am having déjà vu reading this post

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shaytoon21 says:

the phone is either a moto x or nexus

I thought it was a Pluto.

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DaGODFather says:

Nah definitely Uranus!

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SEGROUKIN says:

Neptune?

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bleached says:

Supposedly it is 1280x768, so it would not be a Moto X. That matches the Nexus 4.

Google4Lifee says:

According to Android Police... the shots are from a Nexus 4

How did you know that? I couldn't find it

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bleached says:

The resolution. 1280x768.

Johnny Z says:

Android Lima Bean!

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Gator352 says:

When did Google go to vegetables? More like licorice of anything.

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ajpri says:

I wonder... Is the offsetted window actually the bug being reported or...

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This is clearly webos making a comeback... Not even android.

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Web OS should have never left.

But that's the beauty. We can all be excited it's coming back now.

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benthe1 says:

I got over webOS about a year ago, when Android started truly destroying.

Shadow53007 says:

+1

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benurd says:

Damn! I was thinking the app floating on the screen reminded me of cards from the webOS days.

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Exactly. It is webos and everyone is being tricked.

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S4Rs says:

It could just be chrome extensions finally coming to android.

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BaconBastard says:

I am thinking that maybe we will finally see android and chome OS merged into one. Like we heard so much about last year.
Especially since sundar pichai is the head of both chrome and android.

It just seems like the logical thing to do in my opinion - merge android and chrome.

Corey G.G.T.B :)

benurd says:

Whatever it is, it has me excited.

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eskomo says:

Not sure how you figure that's a L. It looks looks like a corner to me. A capital L is taller. So maybe its a icon for something else.

izzy67 says:

Where its at!! Android Central

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SEGROUKIN says:

APK anyone? /s

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Isn't that L a Flipboard notification?

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That's what I was thinking.

SmilerOnline says:

Thanks for the post Jerry. Can't wait to find out what to expect tomorrow.

The L must correspond to the name version like lime pie.. Remmeber the kitkat logo in the notification bar when you find the android version easter egg.. This must be the one of android 5.0

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mkashen says:

This is clearly a Sprint phone, judging by the 0 bars of service.

hmmm says:

You mean T-mobile?

Mo ZedEl says:

I think the bell icon indicates that you can now mute notifications globally, for example if you're in a meeting

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