Those of you who have been around the rumor mill before know that one of Google's favorite tricks when teasing the next update for Android is to use an innocuous screenshot of a device or software, but have the clock in the image read out the next version number for Android. We've seen this trick going all the way back to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but now Google may have used the same trick to tease Android 5.0.
Yesterday, Google's official Twitter account posted an image of Google Now running on a Nexus 5. The point of the tweet was simply to announce that match scores and schedules for the World Cup would be showing in Google Now for Android and iOS. A nice new feature, but possibly not the most interesting part of the tweet, because the clocks on the devices in the image are reading 5:00. All of the devices in the Google Play Store have their clocks set to 4:40, because they ship with Android 4.4.
We are just two weeks away from Google I/O, so a tease like this could mean that we are going to see Android 5.0 announced at the end of this month. Full version number changes tend to indicate UI updates for Android, and we have certainly seen quite a few leaks that point to design changes
on the way for Android, including the mysterious Project Hera
. It is also expected that Android TV will be announced at I/O, which further implies that Android 5.0 might really be on the way.