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Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date tipped for Google I/O in May

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According to a roadmap released by chip manufacturer Qualcomm, the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date will see the next-gen OS unveiled in Q2 at Google I/O.

In Qualcomm’s roadmap, an Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date has been tipped for between April and June this year, and, as Google has set the date for its Google I/O for May 15 – 17, it seems likely that the new Android OS will be premiered there.

Google has a history of announcing a new Android OS version at its annual developer conference and releasing it to devices a few months later. Qualcomm’s roadmap put an expected summer release date on the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie devices.

The Qualcomm document also made mention of two new Snapdragon devices, including a Google Nexus handset that could be the new Android 5.0 flagship handset. The next Google Nexus handset may even be more easily attainable than its rather elusive sibling, the Google Nexus 4.

Android 5.0 has been tipped to be called Key Lime Pie, but Google has yet to confirm it. A Google employee posted the above doodle on Google, depicting the Android mascot in a series of drawings akin to the usual evolution of man illustration. The Android can be seen chomping on the various incarnations of the Android OS along the road from primitive hunchback to fully fledged walking “Bugdroid” eating an ice cream sandwich and jelly beans, before the final drawing shows Android chowing down on a slice of key lime pie.

Yesterday a new Android statue appeared at the Google campus in California. The usually green mascot can been seen with a new metallic chrome body and prompted several people to ask whether the appearance of the Android statue was a hint to Android 5.0.   

“I’m not a coder, I’m a user-facing person who talk to people about Android Stuff and shares their feedback with the product team,” said Android’s Community Manager, Paul Wilcox, who shared a picture of the chrome-plated Bugdroid on Google .

“To be clear, this post is a little tongue-in-cheek and is not meant to be a sneaky announcement of a new version of Android. It is, however, an announcement of a new statue," he clarified.

Are you looking forward to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie? What features would you like to see included in the new OS? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Facebook and Twitter pages or the comments section below.

Via: Tom's Hardware

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