Last Friday, Google’s Rich Hyndman released a new video on the Google Developer Youtube channel that basically walked us through some of the most important changes in Android L Developer Preview, at least from a developer perspective.
Many of these changes you’ve likely read about here at Android Authority, or perhaps you’ve experienced some of these things by testing out the preview for yourself. Still, it’s worth a watch, even if it’s mostly just a recap for those that are “in the know” about Android L’s biggest features and changes. Even more intriguing than the video itself, however, is the conversation between developer Michael Panzer and Rich Hyndman.
While the conversation was short, basically Panzer asked Hyndman if we can expect any new updates to Android L. Hyndman was kind enough to respond, even if his statement was far from a concrete one: “They’ll be some extras coming, like the 64bit emulator. But I don’t believe new device images are coming.”
After Panzer stated that releasing new device images would help squash bugs and let developers better test their apps with Android L, Hyndman’s final response was that “the preview release is primarily for developers to be able to test their apps and get them ready for the L launch. It is the first time we’ve had a preview release and it will mean less chance of issues with apps in the Play Store at launch and more apps ready to take advantage of the new features.”
Bottom-line, Google can’t confirm with an certainty that we’ll see additional Android L Preview builds between now and the final (commercial) release. Then again, Rich Hyndman only said that, as far as he knows, he doesn’t believe new images are in the works. Things could certainly change, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think, would it make sense for Google to release more than one developer preview build? For what it’s worth, Apple’s iOS betas generally have more than one build for developers before the final version rolls out to everyday users.