Google has confirmed it will preview the latest version of Android at its annual developer event today. The company will show off what we presume to be the ‘L’ version of Android after Jelly Bean and KitKat. Also Read - Android 12 Developer Preview: Requirements, How to install and more
This is a departure from Google’s usual practice when it would reveal a new version of Android at a separate event in the last quarter of the year. However, Google’s hardware partners have complained that it does not give them enough time to come up with devices running on the new OS in time for the busy holiday season, which is about the time when Apple launches its new iPhones and iPads running on the latest version of iOS. Both Google and its hardware vendors believe that the new strategy will give them a better chance at competing with Apple during the crucial holiday sales period. Also Read - Twitter testing Spaces for Android; ahead of March launch
The news was confirmed by Google’s Android chief Sundar Pichai in a lengthy profile in Bloomberg Businessweek. This checks with the screenshots that were accidentally leaked yesterday, which show a new flatter design for Android, which is consistent with what we had seen in Google’s Quantum Paper initiative leak. Also Read - Don’t Google Search these vulnerable topics: You will thank us later
The screenshots also show a redesigned Chrome icon as well as a “L” icon in the status bar, which is likely to be a limited interruptions feature. This is said to mute non-essential notifications at certain pre-determined time of the day, much like what iOS offers with its Do Not Disturb feature.
While it isn’t clear what Google will call its ‘L’ release, it typically names it after desserts, it is also likely to have security features for enterprise users, who have so far preferred iOS over Android after BlackBerry’s decline.