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Google Announces Android PDK, Hopes To New Android Handsets Made Sooner

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As well as announcing some spangling new hardware, in the form of the Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q cloud connected media device, and of course the latest version of Android, Google also made a potentially more exciting and certainly pragmatic announcement at its Google I/O developer conference. The company has revealed it will be releasing what it's calling a platform developer kit (PDK) to its hardware partners two months before each new version of Android is released.

The hope is the advance access will allow the likes of Asus (manufacturer of the Nexus 7) , HTC, LG and Samsung time to get updates for their own products ready much quicker than has previously been the case. It will also allow time for innovations to be added over and above simply adding a few visual tweaks to the interface.

Not as exciting as new tablets and Android version announcements perhaps, but a reassuring sign of things to come.

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