As we tip over into the second month of the year we find the Life of Android Rumour Mill heading fittingly into hyper-drive for the second time as a new face appears at Google’s Mountain View ‘lair’.
The latest addition to the address – a brand new Android statue – was bound to set tongues wagging as, as we all know, the sudden appearance of a new Android effigy is always followed by the release of a new version of the open source operating system; and possibly even more so in the case of this freshest figure due to the fact that, unlike the subsequent statues that followed the original BugDroid – a cupcake (1.5), a donut (1.6), an éclair (2.0, 2.1), a dish of frozen yoghurt (Froyo – 2.2), a gingerbread man (Gingerbread – 2.3), honeycomb with a bee (Honeycomb – 3.0, 3.1, 3.2), an ice-cream sandwich (Ice Cream Sandwich – 4.0) and a jar of jelly beans (Jelly Bean – 4.1, 4.2) – this new erection takes the form of BugDroid again, but ‘chromed’… the little teases.
Naturally this has led to an absolute online explosion, with most minds arriving immediately at the same conclusion: some form of Chrome-Android hybrid is on its way.
News of ChromeDroid (as we’re now calling him), along with a snapshot was released by Google employee Paul Wilcox, but following a grilling on his Google+ account, Mr Wilcox was quick to quell the rumours: “I’m not a coder, I’m a user-facing person who talks to people about Android stuff and shares their feedback with the product team,” he stated. “To be clear, this post is a little tongue-in-cheek and is not meant to be a sneaky announcement of a new version of Android. It is, however, an announcement of a new statue.”
So, a new version of Android, an Android-Chrome FrankenDroid, Android apps for Chromebooks, just a new statue, or something totally unexpected? We suspect we won’t have to wait long to find out; and we know what it just isn’t, Paul…