Google has been building a habit of releasing the first developer previews of Android around March and before May. According to a commit code spotted in the Android Open Source repository, the company will be sticking with this timeline. While browsing on the AOSP page any reader will be surprised by the rather curious sentence: The future is now (2018 edition). Since the repository means the world for Android development, we can state that the referred message implies that the next Android 9.0 is about to arrive.
Google usually unveils all the details of future Android versions during the Google I/O which is scheduled for May 2018. However, in the past years, Google has been releasing Alpha builds of Android earlier than expected. These builds usually don’t contain all the planned features but brings the initial concept of the Android update.
A recent puzzle Game was developed by Google in order to showcase the invite for the upcoming developer event. The invite also hints the name of Android 9.0 as Pineapple Pie, but considering that Google’s enjoy trolling us with false names before revealing the truth, we would not bet our lives for a Pineapple Pie.
There is no confirmation or info indicating that Android P preview will be released sooner this year, however, due to this hint, we can state that its closer than before. In the meanwhile, Android manufacturers are in a shaking race to update their handsets to Android 8.0. If everything flows as usual, Android P developer preview will arrive first, but only for all Pixels and Nexus devices.