updated 03:05 pm EDT, Tue June 24, 2014
New Android version to go on display at event says Sundar Pichai in interview
Google Senior Vice President of Android Sunday Pichai said that the next major version of the Android operating system is going to be previewed during Google I/O. In an interview with BusinessWeek, Pichai let the news out as the company is looking to add more transparency to what the team is doing. The preview comes ahead of the fall schedule that Android versions are usually released under.
Google generally prepares for the event at the last minute, but Pichai decided to take a different approach. Unlike previous Google I/O events, Pichai took more time to prepare the event, starting earlier this month. However, there are still numerous decisions to be made involving projects that can make an appearance.
While the name of the next Android version has yet to be announced, it will make its first public appearance during the show. Pichai didn't announce any new features or items that may appear in the new version, but he did indicate that Google is doing things differently than in the past. With Pichai now at the helm of Android, Chrome and Apps, this year's I/O event could indicate that Google trying to appease developers and consumers alike.
"I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner," said Pichai.
Android Wear and Android TV are going to make an appearance as well, said Pichai. Wear, which is a modified version of Android focusing on wearables, will see manufacturing partners and devices announced during the show. No details on Android TV were indicated, as the project is currently under an embargo.
Pichai will serve as the master of ceremonies for Google I/O on June 25 and 26 in San Francisco.