Sundar Pichai

Though it seemed to most of us that Google I/O 2014 would be too early in the year to reveal the next version of Android, according to an interview with Android and Chrome head Sundar Pichai this week will be the time we hear about Android's "L" release. The interview, done with Bloomberg Businessweek, reveals Pichai's intentions to talk intensively about the next version of Android at Google's yearly developer conference.

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.

The interview also explains that Pichai only really started planning his I/O 2014 schedule earlier this month, noting that he often goes down to the last minute when deciding what products will or won't be announced at events. Well, now we know we're set to hear at least something official on the L release — we can't wait.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

 
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MERCDROID says:

Yaaaaay!!!

samxool says:

MERCDROID - professionally trolling android central since June 2012.
Looking at your posting history, you must literally have no life!!
how is it in your mom's basement??
lolz

WolfpacDAR says:

oh, the irony of your post that makes fun of someone trolling...

way to diss someone without knowing him. he could work for the government and have a lot of time on his hands at work (like me, ha), or be a millionaire with his own company and have a lot of free time, or a many number of things... douche.

the only sad thing here is that you took the time to be a dick for no reason other than to belittle someone else. says a lot about your life, too...

ConTejas says:

While I agree with you, man, you just did the same thing : P Merc's can handle his business if he cares to.

MERCDROID says:

It's all good lol.

WolfpacDAR says:

I know i did. But I stated that i have a lot of time on my hands... i'm accepting of the fact, not denying a thing. He came off as being better than ole MERC.

I actually expected your comment to be his reply, which would've been funny. bc my answer was going to be the same. I knew i was doing the same thing, and i'm okay with it. i ALSO have a lot of time to waste "in my mom's basement" SMH

as far as him handling his own business... sorry, i just dont have much tolerance or patience for ignorance.

MERCDROID says:

Completely understandable, brother. +1

MERCDROID says:

You nailed it. I am in the military and I do have a lot of free time at work. And, though I don't have any Android devices at the moment, I still love the OS and the community. The internet will be the internet, though. Lol.

MERCDROID says:

I appreciate your concern, lol. You're not fooling me, I know what this is really about: you're mad because I was the first comment haha.

As for mom's basement, it's a little crowded and there's a lack of chairs, lol.

BEARD GANG says:

Does this mean the next version is completed or is he just announcing it and its not yet finished. When can we expect this on nexus devices ???

MERCDROID says:

I'm pretty sure, it's completed. I don't think Google has ever released a version of Android that wasn't ready to be pushed to Nexus devices the day of or after.

Urvaksh_S says:

No it might be announced for release sometime in Q3/Q4 2014 just like Apple does with iOS releases. It could coincide with the (possible) announcement of Android Silver or whatever it will eventually be.

Posted from my de-TouchWized Samsung Galaxy S3 running SlimKat 4.4.2

MERCDROID says:

That's certainly a possibility, brother. We'll find out, soon enough!!!

TheDu9du says:

i'm more interested in knowing the name. i could care less about when i get a bugged-up update on my Nexus.

MERCDROID says:

I'm curious of the name, too.

CMercs says:

I vote LifeSaver... Nice branding for them too.

bleached says:

Maybe they will have a beta so it will be stable when it rolls out in the fall.

BEARD GANG says:

So theres no chance it will be rolled out the day after he announces it.. ??

MERCDROID says:

It's a possibility. But, with them announcing it so early in the year, they may just be trying to get the name out there, similar to how kitkat was released.

hmmm says:

Doubtful. It will probably come with a new device and I doubt any new devices are ready to be released yet. Even the rumored Nexus tablet supposedly has a 4th quarter release.

jonathansizz says:

Don't smartwatches count as new devices?

Jordan Pt says:

Androidwear is a separate platform so it doesn't count.

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Mo ZedEl says:

I hope they go with beta builds running up til release!

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MERCDROID says:

That'd be cool!

1746bklynave says:

I think they are going the Apple route where they announce the next version but doesn't release it till later.

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, you're probably right. Still, knowing the name and some of what's in store, is better than nothing!

bluesun3030 says:

Based on past results, an announcement at I/O was followed by a software release at the end of July. I would expect a similar release this time around too.

dmanlfc says:

Have you seen a new desert erected outside of Google headquarters? No.... In that case its not finished. They usually erect something a couple of weeks before releasing a product. I suspect this is an early look & a release will coincide with the next Nexus device around November.

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After seeing the leaked screenshot from yesterday, I think that there's a good chance that it is near completion, if it isnt already

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savemeMDX says:

It's most likely complete just not consumer ready. I think they decided to do an early reveal this time because they're doing the switch to ART runtime and they're giving developers time to add support, that way the transition will hopefully be more smooth

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Premium1 says:

Wonder if they will do betas like apple does? Would be awesome and help with getting more bugs

MERCDROID says:

Essentially, they do. But, the betas would only really be available to Nexus owners. There's too many variations of Android (Samsung, LG, Motorola, etc) in the wild, for Google to have a bona fide beta program that's available to everyone, regardless of what device they have. Each OEM would have to have their own separate beta program.

Ry says:

Nexus is the beta program. lol.

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, lol. Ry gets it.

ConTejas says:

You guys say that like it's a bad thing. Many Nexus owners LOVE beta testing. That said, if you think non-Nexus devices don't ship with dated versions of Android with bugs you're way off of the mark (or any other OS). BTW the way I read Sundar's comment say he's changing things up and going to annouce what they're working on for the L OS (going with Lollipop personally) rather than actually releasing it at I/O.

MERCDROID says:

Oh no, it's not a bad thing at all! Nexus devices are my absolute favorite. And, trust me, after updating my former Note 3 to 4.4 and the data going to crap, I know that no device is immune from bugs (hell, even my iPad Mini crashes when using certain apps).

As for Sundar's comment, I had no idea about it. But, it makes sense to get the word out then release later. We'll see if you're right about the name!

vividrich says:

And why I don't complain when I'm not first in line for the update lol. Excited about what they might announce though!

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Jordan Pt says:

That and all the home brewed ROMs that show up on XDA as soon as the new version is released to AOSP.

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1746bklynave says:

I agree 100%.

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krant min says:

I am already wondering if My G2 would get the new version when its released :-)

jeddo45 says:

Not right away man....LG needs to modify it first, then carriers, then you get it.

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Here's hoping for a tighter marriage between Chrome OS and Android!

Rowan Allen1 says:

+1

Ry says:

I hope this is a preview.

Here's hoping for a tigher marriage between ChromeOS and Android!!!

grandpa220 says:

I'm ready.

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deltatux says:

As long as the Nexus 4 won't be left out, I'll be happy :).

Ohhh... good luck!

bleached says:

If you look at the screen shot going around, it is from a Nexus 4, so you should be in the clear.

Has it been 18 months since launch. When KitKat was released, Google said a Galaxy Nexus wasn't getting the update because it was past the 18 month update window

vividrich says:

Actually it was due to the TI chipset I believe

Jordan Pt says:

Yeah, since TI left the ARM business a while ago and abandoned the chipset. Luckily, the fan base reverse engineered the kernel and updated it for 4.4 themselves.

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abtxpress says:

Lemonheads is trademarked. It's summer time... lemonade?

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AOSPrevails says:

KitKat was trademarked, didn't stop Google.

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, they actually took advantage of the trademark, by running a promotion with Nestle.

cwmont13 says:

I actually won a couple of $5 Google Play gift cards off of the Kitkat game promotion. My Daughter was happy eating the Kitkat bars.

From the Death Star using my LG G2

MERCDROID says:

That sounds like a winning team, lol.

Jordan Pt says:

I was bummed that I could never find those android package KitKats. None of the stores near me had them, which was weird because it's not like I live in the middle of nowhere or something.

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, me neither. There were none in the grocery stores in Milwaukee, WI.

Connor Mason says:

All the Wallgreens in MKE had them

MERCDROID says:

Damn, really? Guess I didn't look hard enough, lol.

Deke218 says:

Introducing: Licorice.

Rowan Allen1 says:

My body is ready.

I'm surprised there hasn't been any rumours.

Also it's totally gonna be layer cake.

codiusprime says:

There have been plenty of rumors, AC just hasn't run with them.

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Trollolol says:

I want myself some Lollipop!

VAVA Mk2 says:

My body is ready!

Sent from my Nexus 5 :-D

mathiasjk says:

Makes sense since there's a session called What's new in Android at I/O.

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anthonok says:

This has to mean it's going to be a HUGE change.

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MERCDROID says:

We're kinda overdue for a huge change, if you ask me. It's been over 3 years (ICS), since Android has had a major change.

drokssilva says:

Although it is debatable, I think 4.1 was a fairly large release but not much of a design change.

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eahinrichsen says:

Yeah, I think that's what he meant. In terms of UI/UX, not too much has changed since 4.0. And that's fine; you don't want sweeping UI changes with each iteration or anything, but after three years, a nice shake-up would be refreshing.

MERCDROID says:

This! It certainly couldn't hurt to switch things up a bit!

MERCDROID says:

4.1 was a pretty sizable release. But, it was mostly under-the-hood improvements (i.e. Project Butter).

TomW093 says:

Do we really need one? I know that design is always evolving, but I think what we have now is a good mix of design and functionality. If Google introduces a brand new deisng language tomorrow, how long will it be before every third party app is updated?

And for those like you, me, and everyone else that actually enjoys constant change, there's always icon packs and themes.

MERCDROID says:

True, very true. What I'd really like to see is more PC-like functionality in "stock" Android than actual major design changes. But, I'm still open to seeing how much more efficient Android can become from a different design language.

AOSPrevails says:

Homescreen wise I think it is pretty good, but the first party Android lockscreen is still a bit weak when compared to Apple. You can make things look better with stuff like Dashclock but there is only so much third party app can do.

vividrich says:

Lockscreen and quick settings would be what I'd put on my wish list

big_Drew says:

Hopefully Android won't need the massive changes that 4.0 brought again. That was done out of necessity. Pushing GMS out and moving core apps to Play has reduced the need even more.

MERCDROID says:

Agreed +1

cwmont13 says:

Now I'm wondering about that post that Jerry did yesterday about the mystery screenshot that had the L visible in the upper left hand corner I wonder if that device is running this next version of Android?

From the Death Star using my LG G2

eahinrichsen says:

That's pretty much what everyone assumes, yeah.

redrooster13 says:

It's only one month early....

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s2weden2000 says:

That's right!

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

Ytown says:

When's my phone getting the update?

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jeddo45 says:

If its not a Nexus, not for a while...

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MetalMike901 says:

With the next new major version change, there better be more than just white icons at the top! And my 2 N4s better get the update!

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jluciano67 says:

Licorice??

CMercs says:

LifeSaver.... Duh...

CMercs says:

Although LemonHeads would be my second choice. I think branded names, a la KitKat, is going to be the trend.

jonnyships says:

The google logo is part of his shirt! Check the second g and his collar

eahinrichsen says:

Holy shit, that's freaking me out now.

MERCDROID says:

We're in the Matrix!

He is one with the Google.

MERCDROID says:

Haha +googol

vividrich says:

Nice catch!

ACADM says:

Lemon Tart.

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gcnts says:

Lik-m-aid!

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big_Drew says:

Part of me is nervous that Google will overhaul the OS for worse. I'm not claiming Android is perfect right now, but it's pretty darn good enough that there's a lot that Google could screw up.

shaytoon21 says:

its going to be lollipop or something with lemon in it.

actually i just thought of something as i wrote that, it may not be anything with lemon bc theres a chance google doesnt want people having a "sour/bad" taste in their mouths in the event if something goes downward with a user. so theyll prolly keep it with something sweet like they have been so far.

but then again, i could be over-analyzing

sarius07 says:

My money's on "Licorice"

jazbojenkins says:

My money is it being awesome! No matter the name.

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I think that the next name will be Lifesaver, because that is what the Android OS is.

Alec G says:

Possibly Lemondrop?

itic says:

I guess we'll also get an idea of what devices will be no longer supported by the new OS