Oops: Next Android Leaked by Google


Google’s gearing up to make some big announcements at its I/O developers’ conference tomorrow, but in its excitement, the tech giant may have slipped up. Responding to an entry in the Chromium issue tracker, a Google worker attached screenshots that look different from existing versions of the software, giving us a glimpse at what could be the next Android interface.

The screenshots in question were first spotted by redditor Doopl, and show an L icon in the top left corner that seems to confirm that the next version of Android will be named after a dessert starting with that letter. Most speculation points to the new system being called Android Lollipop, although we also like the other hotly-rumored candidate— “Moonshine.”

MORE: Google I/O 2014: 5 Things We Expect to See

In addition, the new system also sports a flatter look almost reminiscent of iOS 7. Gone is the light gradient on the navigation and status bars from KitKat; the new Android will have transparent notification bars, according to the screenshots. 

A crossed-out bell icon to the right also hints at a potential new Mute or Do Not Disturb feature that could let you block notifications and calls for periods of time. 

In the background, the Chrome window appears to be floating instead of running full screen, which jives with the overall flatter design and could point to a new cards-based layout, as noted by Android Authority.

The Chromium issue tracker is a collection of problems with the beta version of Chrome browser flagged by testers. The issue in question has since been taken down, giving more weight to the possibility of these screenshots actually being Android 5.0.

In an interview with Bloomberg’s Businessweek published today, Google’s Android chief Sundar Pichai confirmed that the next version of the operating system will be revealed at the upcoming I/O event. We’ll be bringing you the news from out of the conference in San Francisco, so stay tuned.

Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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