Will Google announce a new version of Android at Google I/O next week? Probably not, if we were to go by last year’s I/O, which focused solely on developers and was devoid of any talk about an update to the OS. However, while the introduction of the next major iteration of Android may not happen anytime soon, we might just have gotten a glimpse of one of the changes it will bring, courtesy of an image posted by Google itself.
If you head over to the Google I/O website and scroll to the bottom, you will see an image of the Nexus 5 with restyled status bar icons that don’t match what we have on Android right now. Only the network signal icon seems to have received a facelift, with each of the four bars in the indicator having a break in between, but the overall look of the status bar is still considerably better thanks to the smaller, equally leveled icons.
Of course, there is no guarantee that what we’re seeing is the real deal and not just a placeholder image gone wrong. But it wouldn’t be surprising if that redesigned status bar does show up in a future version of Android, as part of Matias Duarte’s ongoing mission to streamline the OS’ design and make it look its best in every aspect.[via Reddit]