Friday, May 9, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Changelog Shows New Nexus Devices: 'Flounder' and 'Molly'

 
A detailed changelog for Android 4.4.3, a.k.a. KitKat Maintenance Release 2, has hit the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). And lurking within are tantalizing references to upcoming AOSP targets — likely future Nexus devices — along with current products like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. First up, the widely-rumored HTC-built Nexus tablet could be in development under the codename "Flounder." And a Google Android TV-powered set top box also appears to be in the works, and codenamed "Molly."
From Google's own changelog —
project device/google/molly/
e610c57 Set BT minor code to SET_TOP_BOX instead of HIFI.
project device/htc/flounder/
Nexus devices — both phones and tablets — have used fish-related codenames in the past, so "Flounder" would fit the pattern that's been established over the past few years. As for "Molly," the reference to a set top box seems to suggest some kind of companion device to bring the new Android TV UI into homes through a FireTV-like box.
We're still digging through the changelog, and we'll update this post with any new goodies we find.