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New Google screenshots might tease Android 5.0 as next version of their OS

A new tweet from Google about World Cup Google Now features might seem innocent enough, but at closer look this could also be a subtle teaser about Android 5.0.
June 12, 2014

When it comes to new products and even software releases, Google is known for being a little bit of a troll (to say the least). For example, the Nexus 5 appeared in a video ahead of its actual announcement, and even Android 4.4.3’s redesigned dialer was shown off recently before 4.4.3 was even unveiled.

Now with two weeks to go before Google I/O 2014, we may now have received a teaser suggesting Android 5.0 isn’t too far off. The possible hint comes in the form of an innocent enough looking tweet from Google, showing off screenshots of Google Now’s new World Cup information feature. Taking a closer look, however, reveals that the time is listed as 5:00.

For those that don’t already know this, when Google releases renders of Android devices and/or features, the Android version number is generally found by simply looking up at the clock going back as far as Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the time “2:30”. The images above should therefore read 4:40 — not 5:00.

Does this mean for sure that Google is hinting at the next version of Android? Maybe, maybe not. It could be an error for all we know, and sometimes Google does post random times on the clock. For now we’d take all of this with a grain of salt, though we wouldn’t be too shocked if the next version of Android does finally make a move to 5.0 when it arrives.

The bigger question here is when we’ll see Android 5.0. Considering I/O 2014 is nearly here, this seems like a reasonable enough place to showcase a major change to Android. That said, Google might want to focus most of its I/O 2014 attention of Android Wear and other efforts instead.

What do you think, will we finally see Android 5.0 at the end of the month or will they hold off the next major version of Android until sometime later this year?