Get ready to take a first look at the next version of Android tomorrow. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Android chief Sundar Pichai says that he wants to begin showing the world what Google is up to further in advance. To do that, he'll preview the next version of Android on stage at Google's I/O conference on Wednesday, rather than keeping the details a secret until fall, when Google tends to unveil big updates.
"I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner."
Alongside Android, an anonymous Businessweek source says that Google will also introduce Android TV, a version of the operating system designed to bring it into the living room. The Verge previewed Android TV in detail earlier this year. Pichai will also discuss Android Wear during I/O, presenting partner companies that'll be making smartwatches for it. Motorola and LG are already confirmed to have watches in development, and Samsung was recently reported to have one coming too.
For Android, the purpose of revealing details ahead of time is apparently more for the sake of manufacturers than fans. Businessweek reports that Google has received complaints that fall releases put smartphone makers at a disadvantage during the holidays — Google's Nexus phones are usually the only option available then running the latest version of Android. It's unclear if Google will also begin delivering these updates to manufacturers ahead of time too, but it sounds as though Pichai is interested in seeing new versions of Android land on retail devices sooner than they have in the past.