Just in time for Google I/O, the next version of its popular mobile operating system, Android, leaked on the internet. Following Android’s naming conventions in the past, the follow up to Android 4.4 KitKat is supposed to be a desert beginning with “L”. It has long been speculated that the next iteration of Android will be called “Lemon Meringue Pie” but things aren’t so clear cut now, given that Google went with “KitKat” instead of the heavily rumoured “Key Lime Pie”.
The images which were originally uploaded to the Chromium Bug Tracker show subtle changes to the User Interface which include the removal of the gradient in the notification bar making it totally transparent. There also seems to be a floating window interface for Google Now or possibly the initial Android Set up.
Also, there seems to be code in the latest versions of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) which support floating window notifications which have been implemented in the latest nightlies of the popular Custom ROM, Cyanogen Mod.Speculation has hinted that the latest version may take the leap to version 5.0 for the upcoming release instead of 4.5. Also confirmed by developers is the operating systems shift from Dalvik Runtime to the new and better performing Android Runtime (ART).
We’re definitely keeping an eye out for this at Google I/O.