Google is reportedly set to debut the next version of its Android mobile OS at its I/O developer conference later this month. Expected to be called Android 5.0, the upgrade will likely include several major enhancements, as Google usually saves its biggest improvements for primary OS updates.
The speculation about Android 5.0 stems from a Google Now screenshot the company recently tweeted, which showed the time set to 5:00 pm. The tweet was meant to show Google Now’s new World Cup schedule and score tracking functionality. While the time in a screenshot may seem trivial, for Google it’s not.
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The company traditionally sets the time in its official Android screenshots to represent the operating system’s version number. Shots of Android 4.4 KitKat, for example, all have the time set to 4:40, while the time in shots of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is set to 4:30, and so on. With Google I/O just around the corner, the search giant could be using the new Google Now feature to tease its next version of Android.
If Google does launch Android 5.0 at Google I/O, it will almost certainly debut on the company’s Nexus devices, as is Google’s usual M.O. However, whether the company launches a new Nexus device or just releases updates for existing tablets and phones remains to be seen.
We’ll be on the ground at Google I/O later this month, bringing you all of the latest news and hands-ons from the show, so stay tuned.