Gawd, the next couple of days are going to be hell on Earth for me. Like a Mastodon fan doomed to review the latest S Club 7 release, your Head Apple Fanboy is duty bound to scribble about Google I/O 2014. (Clearly my tongue is planted firmly in my cheek here, but feel free to take the bait. TAKE IT.)
Er, slightly nonsensical opening paragraph aside, Google I/O 2014 kicks off later today, and a couple of eleventh-hour rumours suggest we might meet Android L and – as if that wasn’t enough to get your motor running – the brand new Moto X+1.
Story the first comes via Bloomberg Businessweek, which relays apparent confirmation that Android L will debut at Google I/O 2014.
“This year, [Sundar] Pichai will preview the next release (Lollipop? Lemonhead?) for the first time at I/O, rather than waiting until the fall,” write the businessmen. “It’s a significant shift toward greater transparency.”
And quoting the man himself: “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”
At Google I/O 2013, Key Lime Pie (as it was then known) appeared only in esoteric Easter Egg format, with the conference itself being incredibly developer-centric; there was very little for your average guy on the street to get excited about.
Debuting Android L at Google I/O 2014 would mark a shift in strategy towards something resembling that of Apple, which generally talks about the latest version of iOS at WWDC in June before launching hardware around three months later.
And very quickly, I’ll mention that 9to5google has received a shot of a “promotional render” of the Moto X+1. The only thing revealed by the render is the presence of a front-facing speaker, but we’re told the phone might launch later today.
We're still thinking that Android L will debut later in the year (probably on the HTC-built Google Nexus 9) rather than on the Moto X+1, but everything should become clearer in the coming hours.