Google Teases Android 5.0 Via Tweet, New Platform to Unifiy Design Across Devices
Google has apparently teased the upcoming version of Android, with the image shown below, through a Twitter post. That’s Android 5.0 by all accounts, since the time on the right upper corner is 5:00 and that place is usually reserved for a hint regarding the Android version.
Google innocently posted this picture on Twitter, promoting the use of Google Now to get information about the teams playing in the World Cup these days. If you’re familiar with their easter eggs, hints and patterns, you probably know that the Google Nexus devices on Google Play show the time 4:40 on the top right corner, reflecting the current version of OS, Android 4.4 KitKat.
Now this tweet shows 5:00, so we’re to expect Android 5.0. The trend with the time and same OS version has been going on since the days of Gingerbread. We’re less than 2 weeks away from the debut of the Google I/O 2014 event, where we may see this new OS taking off. Rumor has it that the new release will bring an unified design across devices. Quantum Paper is the key here, a common design framework for developers, that allows them to create an unified OS experience on each device.
That includes phones, tablets and PCs, probably also TV sets. One of the components of Quantum Paper is said to be Polymer, an extended Web component, that the developers work with to create web apps. Well, Polymer was present at last year’s I/O and will probably come to the 2014 edition as well.