Next version of Android to be previewed at Google I/O

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Unlike Apple, Google has always released a new version of Android within a short time of announcing it. However, it looks like the company is going to do things differently with its upcoming ‘L’ release of Android.

In an interview with BusinessWeek, Sundar Pichai, head of Android and ChromeOS at Google, revealed that the company would be previewing the next version of Android at Google I/O, which is scheduled to kick off in less than 24 hours from now.

This means that users would have an idea of what the next version of Android will bring in terms of features. It would also give developers the time to prepare their apps for the changes that the new version of Android will bring — allowing them to take advantage of the new APIs and design guidelines.

The L version of Android, however, would be released sometime later this year along with a premium 8.9-inch tablet from HTC.

Rumors and leaks have indicated that the next version of Android will include a lot of major design and under the hood changes, which will affect the developers greatly. By previewing all these changes months before their actual release, Google would be giving developers ample time to update their apps accordingly.

Apple has employed a similar strategy for all its iOS releases, and for once, Google copying them is not really a bad thing to do.

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