Today, I was looking at the Android Development Tools (ADT) commit history, as I normally do on a Tuesday morning at 3am, and I noticed something that made my heart skip a few beats. But let me back up for a second.

Every Android SDK release is normally accompanied by an ADT release that adds support for the new functionality and fixes existing bugs. ADT, in turn, is an Eclipse plugin, which is essentially a set of developer tools for one of the best free open source editors out there (that's Eclipse), which also happens to be the IDE of choice of Android core developers.

Looking back at the last SDK release, which happened on May 20th, 2010 after the Google I/O conference (this is the SDK itself, not its source - that was released later), the accompanying ADT 0.9.7 got released on the next day, May 21st, 2010. See a pattern here?

Oh, and one more thing: Froyo (Android 2.2) is internally known as SDK v8, and Gingerbread is going to be v9.

So going back to today's events, the following commit dated Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:00:57 +0000 (14:00 -0800) is what made my heart race so hard:


... and so on - it keeps going, updating the versions of major ADT files from 8 (or sometimes 1) to 9. This can only mean one thing, in my opinion, and that is the Android team is locking down the features that will go into the next version of ADT and readying for the Gingerbread release.

Now, we know Eric Schmidt yesterday said Gingerbread was arriving "in the upcoming weeks," but who's to say we won't see an early surprise soon? I don't know how soon, and only a select group of people does, unfortunately, but I can almost smell it now. Again, these are all my speculations, and none of this may end up making any sense at all, but my developer instincts are telling me something big is close. I ran my speculations by Paul O'Brien, but we didn't arrive at anything conclusive.

tl;dr: Android Development Tools may be suggesting an imminent Android Gingerbread SDK release (that is my speculation).

Thumbnail credit: wirelessandmobilenews

Source: ADT git

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
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  • http://tomtasche.at TomTasche

    Maybe Eric was talking about updates for real devices when saying "in the next weeks". :) The SDK always launched before the updates.

    • Uphor8

      Yeah, and you know how he said "I only said we won't be making a Nexus 2"? Same thing here - anything he says can just be an approximation or a projection, or even a guess. The Android team moves lazily at times and doesn't provide anyone with timelines.

      • km3k

        What he said was true. There is no Nexus 2. It's the Nexus S!

        • Uphor8

          Right, but he actually meant it at the time. Things changed over time and now he's just joking around while wiggling out of that "Nexus 2" verbiage. Also, what I meant is that not everything he says is accurate to the tee. He didn't want to give up the exact date, so he said next few weeks. That could mean now, that could mean 2-4 weeks from now.

  • Uphor8

    Interesting observation. I think this has some legs - we'll see what happens tomorrow.

  • Radek

    As I remember Google has promised to update Android platform every six months - so if last update was May 20th we can expect SDK exactly six months after that so November 20th :-)
    Gingerbread statue for Google was symbol that Google dev team completed its work even before deadline. People on the YouTube movie are so happy.