Google apresentará, já amanhã, a próxima versão do Android


Numa entrevista ao Bloomberg Businessweek, Sundar Pichai, o homem do Android, disse que quer mostrar o quanto antes ao Mundo o que a Google está a fazer. Para o fazer, revelará a próxima versão do Android já amanhã no Google I/O e não no Outono, como habitual.

Citando a Bloomberg Businessweek:

This year’s conference is likely to reveal much about how the character of Android will shift under Pichai. The biggest change may seem like a technicality, but for the companies that make Android phones, it’s a big one. In the past, Google often waited until the fall to announce the next annual version of the operating system, each named for a different sweet beginning with the next letter of the alphabet (in the last three years, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean, and KitKat). Device makers complained this was too late to prepare for the holidays and put them at a disadvantage to the one company selected each year to develop the Nexus phone in conjunction with Google.

This year, Pichai will preview the next release (Lollipop? Lemonhead?) for the first time at I/O, rather than waiting until the fall. It’s a significant shift toward greater transparency. “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner,” he says.

O novo Android deverá começar pela letra L, seguindo a ordem alfabética da Google (a última versão chama-se Kit Kat).

A nova estratégia da Google assemelha-se à da da Apple, que apresenta o novo iOS antes do Verão, preparando os programadores para o seu lançamento no Outono.

O Google I/O servirá ainda para mostrar o Android TV (isto é, o Android para o grande ecrã) e o Android Wear (isto é, o Android para smartwatches e outros wearables).