Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie delayed 'by 2-4 months'?

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie delayed 'by 2-4 months'?If you go along with what passes for accepted wisdom, you'll be expecting Google's Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie to hit the big time at Google I/O next month.

However, reports are now suggesting that Google has decided to postpone the launch of its next full version of Android until later this year – and that it's effectively Android Jelly Bean's fault.

Well, we say “reports”. Actually, it's “report”, and it comes from Gadgetronica, which claims to have “trusty internal sources” giving it the latest info.

And that is that Google has decided to delay the rollout of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie by “2-4 months” in order to give Android OEMs more time to get their Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean updates out into the wild.

If so it's simply the logical result of what has seemed like a sluggish approach to implementing Jelly Bean almost since the beginning.

It's been almost a full year since Jelly Bean was announced – at last year's Google I/O, as it happens – and yet by the turn of the year Google's own figures showed JB was present on just 10% of Android devices. And that was both versions of Jelly Bean combined – look at just Android 4.2 on its own and the figure dropped to just 1.5%.

Taken from that point, the prospect of an entirely new generation of Android being announced just five months later seems ridiculous.

And yet rumours aside, that continues to be the expectation for Google I/O, which runs from May 15-17. Interestingly, these suggestions of a delay to Android 5.0 KLP come hot on the heels of rumours that the other headline announcement a lot of people are expecting at Google I/O, the unveiling of a Nexus 5 handset, has also been put on the back burner and instead we'll only be getting an upgraded Nexus 4.

Could they simply be opposite sides of the same coin? We'll know in a few weeks' time.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 24, 2013 at 19:09

As I said elsewhere mostly to myself: both Android and iOS need no more updates. They need complete overhauls! They are both creaking under the ballast of more add-ons, more this and more that while still being essentially 2007/8...
Where they allowed folks to pour ridicule on Symbian, they are now more convoluted than WinMo 5 with Mobile Shell on top of Manilla...

You need to jailbreak or root to reign them in and get some focus back on the essential. Ridiculous.
There. I also think colour TV is overrated and immature. :p

SpeedyG  Apr. 24, 2013 at 19:21

Key Lime may be an overhaul. Patience is a virtue, Jan. :p

I'm keeping an eye on the min. specs and how long it will take to get updated to phones and if it'll be better than Jelly Bean

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 24, 2013 at 19:24

It's Google, Speedy... everything Google ever did was Beta until they closed it down :p

SpeedyG  Apr. 24, 2013 at 19:28

Are you sure it's Alpha masquerading as such because Beta sounds cooler? :p

Can't wait for those crazy ads on the home screens that tell you to use Viagra more often

Or pump something up....

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 24, 2013 at 19:45

hahahhaha

sean321  Apr. 25, 2013 at 04:37

Ummmm ... I bought a Nexus phone for a reason. Push the flipping update out. Why should I have to endure HTC and Sammy dragging their feet. If they delay and Apple throws out something compelling ... well lets just say ... you had the opportunity to be first.

Stelph  Apr. 25, 2013 at 09:33

As I said elsewhere mostly to myself: both Android and iOS need no more updates. They need complete overhauls! They are both creaking under the ballast of more add-ons, more this and more that while still being essentially 2007/8

Have to say I totally agree here, both Android and iOS have really annoying drawbacks (Android STILL has inconsitant actions from button presses depending on where you are in the system, like back doesnt always mean back one page, and iOS medically needs apps to be able to communicate between themselves more rather than only a select few being allowed to share files etc) that I would imagine need complete overhauls of the underlying OS

Stelph  Apr. 25, 2013 at 09:53

Incidentally it is any surprise that Android gets more and more bloated after eating all these high sugar updates? Ice cream sandwich, Jelly beans, Key lime pie.

Perhaps the next update should be L-cartinine, the weight loss supplement

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:22

Hahaha

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