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Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) Could Arrive This Summer

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Android Jelly Bean

Android 4.0 (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich) is still only available officially on a number of devices. It was seen by Google as the version of Android which would unify the smartphone (Android 2.3) and tablet (Android 3.0) strands of the operating system.

According to reports from Asia however, it seems as if Google has not been happy with the adoption of Android 4.0 and is planning to push ahead with the launch of Android 5.0 (codenamed Jelly Bean) this summer, ahead of the launch of Windows on ARM, expected in Q3 of 2012.

Android Jelly Bean

These reports come from DigiTimes, who quote Taiwan-based supply chain makers. According to the sources, Android 5.0 will be further optimised for tablet PCs but, crucially, will also integrate the Google Chrome system functions to promote the option of dual-boot tablets.

Google will make OEMs chose between adopting Android 5.0-only systems or the option to dual-boot Android 5.0 and Windows 8, giving the users the option to switch between the OSes without turning off the tablet.

With Windows 8 seeing Microsoft move more into the tablet market, the launch of Android 5.0 could also see Google moving in the opposite direction and getting into the netbook/notebook market.

It should be noted that DigiTimes has been known to get these type of stories wrong in the past, but with Windows 8 on ARM a real threat to Android’s (and for that matter iOS’s) share of the tablet market, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a revamped version of Android later this year.

Source: DigiTimes

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February 17, 2012, 12:46 am

Don't really care anymore.

My phone bought last year is on 2.3 and cannot be upgraded. That's because between Google, the manufacturers and the networks - they got it all wrong.

This is a waste of time. Even Apple, whom I hate, upgrade their older handsets.

Bye Android.


February 17, 2012, 3:29 pm

Premfab. The fact is that Android, by it's nature, allows manufacturers to install it on any hardware, which means that your version 2.3 phone was almost certainly a lot cheaper than a similarly dated iphone. It's open source, so free for coders and hackers to modify and improve. It allows use of any software, and not just that which Google or someone else approves of.

Version 2.3 of Android still allows pretty much all the functionality of version 4, just with less prettiness. Furthermore, I can't think of anything (other than running itunes, although there is equivalent software of course) that an up to date iphone can do which Android 2.3 can't.

I don't think anyone got it all wrong. Some things, for sure, could have been improved on. I just think your understanding of the market is a bit wrong.

So you hate Apple, and now you're leaving Android, huh? Good luck with that!


February 17, 2012, 4:53 pm

Have you ever tried using iOS5 on a 3GS? Perhaps 'cannot be upgraded' means that the phone's hardware will give a poor experience with the latest software.
Of course you could always load a custom ROM..


February 17, 2012, 8:23 pm

The real problem is not phones not being upgraded imo, although I find it odd that Google allow mfrs to essentially use Android for free whilst using their own software over the top to prevent or limit 'official' upgrades.

The main problem I think is that so many good apps reportedly don't work with ICS. I don't think the issues were so widespread with Xp to Vista to Win 7. Compatibility modes are needed in Android I think. Otherwise how do I know my 2.1 or 2.3 handset will be able to run new apps in a few years time? Currently you cannot in fact run a lot of new sofware on 2.1 even though the hardware (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S) is probably capable of e.g. ICS.

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