Why it won't be Jelly Bean released this summer
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Given that I/O is fast approaching, I personally would look for an ICS v. 4.1 release. If Jelly Bean were to be released at I/O, there would be a stream of leaks at this point in the cycle.
23. Goldeneye (Posts: 376; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Even though I love Android the more the OS evolves the more I'm convinced Android is destined to be fragmented forever is a price a open source OS has to pay (anybody can mess with it) whoever is so concerned about fragmentation just buy a Nexus device is the best bet if you don't like vanilla Android just pick the handset of your preference enjoy it and forget about being updated to the latest version, don't trust in any manufacturer/carrier that your device will be updated remember they'll tell anything to buy their products RAZR owners anybody? These guys are being evaluated! For ICS and they'll get it until late this year a couple months ago they said first quarter, and all of this is beyond Google control
26. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"...the more the OS evolves the more I'm convinced Android is destined to be fragmented forever is a price a open source OS has to pay (anybody can mess with it)..."
I am having trouble understanding your claim that further evolution of open source Android will result in increased fragmentation. How does Android 2.X, 3.X and 4.X result in greater fragmentation? Android 2.X is implemented on handsets that can support it and Android 4.X is implemented on handsets that can support it. Yes, there is a delay in release of ICS for handsets that were released before ICS was released on a handset (Razr as you cite), but that doesn't mean there is greater fragmentation as a result of Android being open source.
2. ericsorensen (Posts: 53; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Thanks for making sense of these rumors. Check out BGR if you want to see a completely opposite response.
3. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
If going on past releases... wouldn't 4.1 be a new name? 2.2=froyo 2.3=gingerbread...
8. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
while thats true, the last 2 releases have been 3.0 honeycomb and 4.0 ICS. 3.1 and 3.2 are still considered honeycomb.
2 was a drastic change from 1, 3 was a whole new OS, and 4 of course is a drastic change from 2 and 3. 2.1,2.2,2.3 added a lot of features but the OS itself was relatively unchanged. yes, i know there was some minor asthetic differences in 2.3 but it wasnt that big of a change.
27. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I was starting to wonder how we would transition from ICS to JB. Froyo, Gingerbread and ICS can be considered to be deserts. But Jelly Bean (from ICS)? :-)
4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
there are still a dozen browsers that have flash support, so its not like its going anywhere.
on a side note, have you had any luck with chrome browser beta? i have the beta and its a crash magnet. cant get the thing to turn on for more than a second.
10. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
my beta cm9 makes chrome glitchy as f*ck because the hardware acceleration had to be hacked to work. it might be your rom.
11. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
more than likely. Michael has an actual G-Nex so i want to know if anyone actually gets it to work right.. lolol
12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Chrome is my primary browser and it's been awesome. No issues at all
15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
then it is most definately because we are on roms. darn it... found a chink in my roms armor.. lol
5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
what can i say that isnt already perfectly reasoned in the article?
thanks for squashing that rumor. it was ridiculous. i really want to know what is going to be on android 4.1. heres to hoping that 4.1 has cornerstone, the multi-pane functionality shown off by cm team.
22. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Cornerstone would really kick win8's feet out from under them
25. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Hopefully the CM team will get it stable enough and have enough app support that Google won't do some kind of trickery involving the Android Market. But of course, we will find some way around it :P
6. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Ah finally an objective, well written and overall superb article from Michael, to bring forth the truth in these chaotic times. :)
13. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Great Job Alan F and Michael..... both were great articles about ICS and Android... even though you left the door open at the end of the article that coulds still be true leaving some loyal readers.. in limbo.... i alway loved your articles Michael.. but this one was not your best work... you clarifyed rumors but at the end.. open the door for more rumors...
14. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Rumors can become true or not . Your job is to judge how you think it's hard fo it to happen, but it could happen. Remember when you where nearly tasting that big iPhone screen or how awesome it was that a redesigned iPhone was tested in trains yet the same form factor was released. Where you wrong? Maybe but you have the right to speculate
16. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Regarding ICS adoption rate: ICS is a pretty major overhaul for Android. The Cyanogenmod team remarked on this in one of their progress reports. They even mused that while they like beating manufacturers to the punch with stable releases, that it might not happen this time around. ICS is a big deal. Go to the CM site and read about it. They specifically mention a lot of new things in the OS are breaking older legacy proprietary drivers. So yeah... Don't think Jelly Bean will be out that soon, but hey if it does, great. I'll be sure to flash it as soon as it's at least an RC.
17. theBankRobber (Posts: 666; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
I keep telling people Google wants once a year updates, its bad on their part showing off a new update which phones and devices won't get for another 6-9 months later, that's why apple is tight lipped about their updates. They release once a year major updates and people are OK with it because they didn't show it off 6-9 months prior. If they did and tell people what Google does by saying its coming in a few months, apple fans would be in the very same position .
18. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
I remember Google stating that after ICS, they want to go to a yearly update interval. There may be incremental updates inbetween, but major updates would be a yearly thing. That and the fact that Google said ICS was the iteration to unify phones and tablets were the reasons why I knew the Digitimes article was garbage. Nice save by the way Michael. PA owes you a pay raise.
19. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I can still see it happening if Google wants to beat Microsoft to the punch in a take on upcoming high end tablet and touch ultrabook/netbook market.
it could essentially be just a specifically market targeted ICS plus Chrome solution, so it wouldn't affect phone manufacturers, they wouldn't need to upgrade from ICS
20. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
I don't think Microsoft will beat Android. At least not this year. Windows 8 tablets is so expensive. No one will buy it over Android tablets
21. theBankRobber (Posts: 666; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
I don't see how MS is some kind of treat, besides making money off of Android OEM's, they don't have anything to bring to the table. How can you bring out MS8 when MS7 aint doing anything. Once ICS comes out fully to all phones and devices it will have hardware acceleration to keep the phone a constint smooth feel.