News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 24, 2014.
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In a move that shouldn't shock anyone, Google VP of Android & Chrome Sundar Pichai has all but confirmed suspicions that it will unveil the next major release of Android tomorrow at its annual Google IO conference.
PIchai said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek that he wants "the world to understand what we are doing sooner" rather than waiting for the long waiting period that typically comes from Google previewing some new products and features at Google I/O only to release a newer version of Android in the fall. This typically leaves manufacturing partners upset because that doesn't align with their release schedules ahead of the holiday selling season.
Pichai will have a very busy Google I/O. The executive will preview the next stage of Android that begins with L naming tree -- my money is on Lemoncake, but the Lollipop is the more practical guess -- and showcase several new features, including yet another design tweak that is said to make Android look more refined. Android will also be bigger than the phone as Google is set to officially debut Android Wear and will likely showcase Android TV, a new television platform utilizing Android for set top boxes and other home entertainment options.
Tomorrow looks to be a busy morning. Be sure to watch the Google I/O keynote at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PDT to catch a glimpse of it all.source: BusinessWeek
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.