It must be stressed at the very start of this article, that this is a rumour based on educated guesses at this point. Nothing has been confirmed and everything could change at the last-minute. These rumours suggest that Google has already hint at a new Android release this year, possibly entitled Android 5.0 Lollipop (or something beginning with ‘L’).
Android 5.0 Lollipop?
When Google announced some screenshots of the new World Cup Scores addition to Google Now, it’s possible that they let slip a hint at Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is based on past experience and is just a guess, but here is the reason why:
When Google released these photo’s announcing how Google Now would be handling scores and news from the Football World Cup, many eagle-eyed users noted that the time at the top of the screen is set to 5:00. This, they believe, hints that the next release of Android OS will be Android 5.0 Lollipop.
This isn’t some random guess plucked out of the air, but one based on past publicity shots from Google. When they announced the Nexus 5 last year, the shots had the clock showing 4:40 and we were given Android 4.4 KitKat.
The name ‘Lollipop’ is just a guess, as it would be the next letter to be used. Remember before KitKat was announced last year, everyone thought it would be called Key Lime Pie, so Lollipop is not confirmed. Could Google make another agreement with a sweet company to have their next version of OS named after a sweet with a name starting with ‘L’? Android 5.0 Lion bar maybe? Android 5.0 Lindt? Android 5.0 Licorice? No one – except for Google – knows for sure, but you can bet we’ll be watching Google I/O with avid interest in a couple of weeks time.
What will Android 5.0 feature?
Google hasn’t let much slip about what will be in the next Android 5.0 Lollipop version, but Android Police have a good article about what it could be. We know that Google is working on a new project called Project Hera which will bring web like features to the OS. Android Police believe it could integrate HTML5 deep into the OS, and even bring support for 64 bit processors. We won’t repeat their article, but strongly suggest you read it. And if you look at the recent update to Google Plus, their mockup looks quite likely.
What do you think Android 5.0 will be called? Leave us a comment below with your guess.