The latest figures from Android Developers show that Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) has reached just 2.9% of all Android devices, but already the industry is looking ahead to the next version of Google’s OS.
It’s thought to be called Jelly Bean, Android 5.0, and given the lack of, like, stuff happening at the moment, we figured we’d do a cheeky Jelly Bean round-up. Crank it.
The rumour mill has been fairly settled on the Jelly Bean name for months now, and Google semi-confirmed it at Mobile World Congress, with a massive bowl of jelly beans proudly on display in a private meeting area.
Asus has also seemingly given the game away. Again at Mobile World Congress, vice-president Benson Lin boasted: “Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.”
Incidentally, the next next version of Android is tipped to carry the name Key Lime Pie. Mmm, delicious.
We first met Ice Cream Sandwich at Google’s annual I/O event in June 2011, and we’re expecting Google to introduce us to Android Jelly Bean at this year’s conference. It takes place from June 27 to 29.
As for Android Jelly Bean features, not a great deal is known at this early stage, but some whispers suggest Google’s Chrome browser will feature heavily, alongside improved power management options and a native file manager. How about obligatory sign-up for a Google+ account? That'd go down a treat.
Asus clearly fancies itself to debut Android Jelly Bean, but let’s not forget that Samsung has put its name on two Nexus devices to date. There’s always the chance Google will opt for its own Motorola, though many predict that’d upset the rest of the Android fold beyond repair.
A Nexus tablet has been rumoured for the past few months, and it’s expected to land at some point in Q2. We reckon that’s a little early for Android Jelly Bean, with most speculator machines pointing to Q3. Sweet.