The days of only Nexus users having access to early versions of new Android operating systems could be coming to an end, after Google hinted that it could be going for an earlier announcement this year, which would see developers from other companies get access to vital information earlier.
Although Android is the widest-spread operating system in the world, Google has previously been criticised for being too late with its announcements, meaning that device makers are unable to make the OS fit their own handsets for the release of the software.
It means owners of handsets from the likes of Samsung, Sony and LG are left with older versions of Android for longer periods of time, while Google’s own Nexus devices are moving on to the next stage.
However, ahead of the company’s upcoming conference – Google IO 2014 – it seems it has taken note and will be looking to approach the release of its Android OS in a different way moving forward.
In a Bloomberg Businessweek profile on Sundar Pichai, it was revealed that the Android chief will be revealing a preview of the newest Android version – named “L” at the moment, at the IO 2014.
He said he would like “the world to understand what [Google is] doing sooner”, while the company will also be focussing on getting Android to manufacturers earlier to make sure they have time to develop it for their own devices in time for its official release.
Previously, only the most raw versions of the OS have been available at release on Nexus devices, with Samsung and the other large companies not having the time to put their own spin and stamps on it, as they like to do.
As well as the release of a new OS, Google is expected to reveal its rival to Apple TV, named Google TV, and wearable technology which could pair with phones and make for an all-new way to enjoy apps and features moving forward.