Angular 4 is the latest surprise coming from Google. The surprise of this release doesn’t consist of the release itself, but rather the fact that Google has decided to completely bypass the release of Angular 3. And do you want to know what’s even more curious? Google event went as far as announcing Angular 3. This happened a couple months ago when the aforementioned software was scheduled to replace Angular 2. The predicted time period then was 6 months after Angular 2’s release. Back in December, Google also release Angular 2.3. The update brought some changes although nothing major. This sort of low impact updates seems to be what the company is going for regarding Angular. Some of the things introduced in Angular 2.3 are upgrades to the language service and updated pertaining to checking errors and type completing. This is achieved through Angular Templates and the update as a whole is a direct successor of the November update, Angular 2.2.
This change isn’t completely random, as there is a motive behind it. More on that has been explained by Igor Minar, who represents Google. The explanation came in Belgium during Google’s NG-BE 2016 Angular conference and according to what was said there, the change is related to the router version scheduled for usage. To be more specific, it was predicted that the upcoming version of Angular would be using version 4 routers. Furthermore, according to Google there will come a time when so many versions of Angular will be available that having a different name of title for each of time would be highly confusing. That is the reason why Google prefers to keep it simple and just call the software Angular.
Further elaborating on the upcoming release of Angular 4, the Google officials went to say that a series of beta phases were underwent by the software. This period commenced back in December 2016 and is slated to continue until the month of March, in 2017. Angular 4 is scheduled for release to the general public on the 1st of March, meaning that Google is going to cut it close with ending the beta phase.