Android Lollipop set for changes with July release

Just last week Google began rolling out its Android 4.4.3 release in earnest.

This latest version of the popular mobile OS addresses many of the bugs unearthed in the previous version for both the Nexus range of devices and other handsets including the Moto X, G and E and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The update will be available for HTC and other Android devices in the coming months.

But even as these devices get upgraded to this version of Android, word is that Google is already planning for the release of Android 4.4.4 very soon.

This new version of arguably the most used mobile device platform will be available in the next couple of months, according to speculators.

But even more recent developments indicate that Google might jump that step of the development process and release Android 4.5 or Android 5.0 Lollipop next. What sparked this latest round of speculation is a tweet sent from Google’s official account.

The tweet informed the search company’s followers that they could get “the latest WorldCup match scores and schedules with Google Now on iOS and Android”. What captured the attention was not the message tweeted but the time of the clocks on the devices featured in the tweet.

The clocks at the top right hand corner of all the three phones read 5:00. It is not the time but Google’s clever way of hinting at the latest version of its mobile OS to hit the market.

This is a trend that has been noticed since Android 2.3 was released close to four years ago.

Having established that Google 5.0 might be the next face of this wildly popular platform, we can begin to speculate about the features it will come with.

A widely expected change is the move from a 32-bit to a 64-bit system.

This is a move precipitated by Apple’s surprise plunge into 64-bit.

It essentially means more memory is made available to a device’s CPU, making the device work faster.

The move by Apple made CPU maker Qualcomm start producing a 64-bit processors; the Snapdragon 808 and 810 which will be available in the next two years.

It is possible that we will be seeing the new Android in the next couple of days judging by recent trends.

Speculation is strong that Android 5.0 will be unveiled during the Google I/O that is to be held towards the end of June in San Francisco.

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