Here we’re really clutching at straws, however, as it appears that Google has teased Android 5.0. Er, via a clock.
The eyes of the mobile world were briefly fixed on this tweet from @google, with a dozen or so words about the World Cup and Google Now.
But what the hell does that have to do with the next version of Android, about which we know next to nothing?
Well, if you enlarge the accompanying picture and look at the top right of each phone, you’ll see the clocks are set at 5:00. Five, huh? As in… Android 5.0? Maybe.
As it stands, we’ve had Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0, Jelly Bean Android 4.1-4.3 and KitKat Android 4.4. It’s not clear if the next version of Android will come in at Android 4.5, implying another fairly modest update, or Android 5.0, which would suggest a comparatively significant leap.
Google has a history of placing cheeky Easter Eggs, and the notion of the clock pertaining to Android 5.0 is given credence on the Google Play Store, where the device times are currently set to 4:40. Y’know, as in Android 4.4.
Presumably things will become a whole lot clearer at Google I/O 2014, which gets underway at the end of the month.
At the moment we’re referring to the next version of Android as Lollipop, but I’m still holding out for some corporate sponsorship in the form of Lion, much like Key Lime Pie became KitKat.