Today marks the beginning of Google I/O, the tech company’s major, annual developer conference attended by thousands of people from all around the world. It’s also, traditionally, been the launchpad for a new version of Google Android, and this year looks to be no different.
Up until now, the rumour has been that Android Jelly Bean would make its debut, and those rumours took a turn for the very real this morning, as a new statue has been added to Google’s collection on its front lawn.
Standing alongside the Ice Cream Sandwich Android is a new character, and the familiar Android shape has been filled with – you’ve guessed it – jelly beans. If proof were needed, this seems as conclusive as we’re going to get ahead of the actual unveiling.
All will probably be revealed concerning Android Jelly Bean at the opening day keynote presentation, which starts at 09:30 in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, making it 17:30 tonight here in the UK.
In addition to a new version of Android, the first piece of hardware running it could also be revealed, and speculation over the past few months has led most to expect a competitively priced, quad-core Nexus tablet.
Google I/O is the third major tech event to be held this month, with Apple’s WWDC 2012 and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Summit both coming before it. Apple didn’t focus on mobile at WWDC, although iOS 6 was detailed, but Microsoft dedicated its event to Windows Phone 8, and held a separate gathering for its Windows 8 tablets.
We can’t wait to see what Google has planned to impress us, but in the meantime, check out the video below detailing how that mysterious statue wound up on Google’s front lawn: