Google hints at Android 5.0 Lollipop as the next major update name, doing away with rumors that sided with “Lemon Cake,” “Lemon Drop,” “Layer Cake,” “Ladyfinger,” “Lemon Meringue Pie,” and even “Oreo.”
We’ve seen something near confirmation that Google would announce Android L, its new Motorola Nexus 6, and HTC Nexus 9 on October 15th, but you can tell that the day is soon to arrive – particularly when Google leaks a video sparking interest in the company’s soon-to-be-announced major update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
A new video released by Google shows the number “5.0” on a blue door, behind which a person with a mask is soon to arrive. We never see the person behind the door, nor do we see their mask (which would give away the next update name), but we do know that the “5.0” is not placed there without accident: Google’s next update will be Android 5.0. The next question is, what will the new update name be: Licorice, Ladyfinger, Layer Cake, Lemon Drop, etc.?
Google’s video hint doesn’t supply the answer, but a new screenshot from Myce shows a lollipop USB debug symbol in the top left hand corner of the screen of the photo – a screenshot that, at the very least, shows something that resembles a lollipop with a stick beneath the “bugdroid” head (which looks round like a lollipop). Since the symbol appears, and it matches the new “L” naming scheme that Google intends to use, we can surmise that Android 5.0 Lollipop is soon to be a reality.
Alongside of the Android 5.0 Lollipop reveal, Google also hinted that Android Oreo could become a potential name for a future Android OS update (perhaps next year?), although we’d like to see Google provide “M” and “N” dessert names – though they may be too hard to find.
Google’s known for dropping a few surprises here and there before a big announcement. The search engine giant has been known to leak products at the Play Store before withdrawing them, publish videos that hint at something new to come, and even have screenshots in the wild that leak small details before Google announces. With that said, Google may not unveil its Nexus 6 and 9 devices on Wednesday, October 15 (tomorrow), but the company’s at least preparing for an imminent announcement.
Tomorrow could very well be the day that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 arrive, but our sources have confirmed that Google will likely preserve their announcement for a blog post from the company instead of a full-blown, two-hour announcement.
Now that Google’s put some things about the announcement to rest for us, whad’ya think? Are you anticipating Android 5.0 Lollipop and its changes? If so, which changes have you heard about that appeal to you the most? Do you think Google made an excellent decision to go along with Lollipop for the new name, or should Google have chosen something better?