Android 5.0 may be released in late October and be optimized for older phones

Android 5.0 may be released in late October and be optimized for older phones
While Google may have taken a pass at unveiling what will inevitably be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at Google I/O last month, you cannot halt progress forever.

The whole idea behind Google slowing down the pace or Android OS releases was ostensibly for manufacturers to get caught up a bit, not that it matters too much because then everything has to go through carrier validation anyway.

With the pending releases of the “Nexus experience” or “Google Edition” devices coming from Samsung and HTC in the near future, there has also been speculation that would also mark the introduction of Android 4.3 to the world. Assuming that happens in late June or early July, that gives the field three months to catch its breath before Android 5.0 might take the stage.

That will be small consolation for those that are getting excited to upgrading their devices just now to Android 4.1 or 4.2. We will dwell on the self-flagellation of the manufacturers another time and note that this tip that the guys at VR-Zone received makes sense in that we know Motorola will be well underway with a total product re-launch between August and October, so we will remain open minded.

As to what Android 5.0 may bring to the table, it is said that the OS has been worked over hard to make Key Lime Pie run okay on devices running as little as 512MB of RAM (that is dating back a bit). This would be a nice gesture seeing as how the manufacturers have been pretty selective as to which of their relatively new hardware will even get a generational update to the operating system to begin with.

Of course it will take a lot of examination by the OEMs to see how feasible it is to bring some of the older gear up to date, but hopefully that issue will have been anticipated and addressed by Google. We know how passionate our readers are about given platforms, but you have to admit, competing platforms have been pretty effective at supporting legacy gear, Apple’s iOS, Windows Phone, even BlackBerry make pretty clear delineations in terms of OS support.

Taken with the appropriate amount of cynicism, this news seems feasible. It also provides enough of a window for the Sony Xperia Z running stock Android to show up and sink in.  Meanwhile, the tip hints that the Nexus 5 will enter the spotlight as well.  It is shaping up to be an eventful summer.

source: VR-Zone

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40 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This is actually a good thing... If it can run well on 512mb RAM-ed devices, it'll be better on devices with higher memory. Of course, the silicon has to be good too.

3. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Now I think I can update my HTC Wildfire! Maybe..

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Nothing wrong in being hopeful...:)

12. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Oh yeah! That's what I like in Android! Very Flexible!

16. jatin8189

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

i don't thik key lime pie running on 512 ram :) its crazy. coz.. my note2 already w8ting for 4.2.2 update. & 5.0 too long time. HTC Wildfire ?

32. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

My dad's Wildfire it's in CM9.1 and it's really snappy!

23. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Galaxy S with key lime pie... WOW!!

2. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

With Google continuing to polish and optimize this UI this is going to be extremely exciting when it's released. Can't wait for the next Nexus! The Nexus 4 is running just as smooth as these newer phones with Snapdragon 600s with the old S4.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I have to wonder what 4.3 and 5.0 are going to bring to the table. I will note that the Android consumer base is the least fragmented it's been in years. The older distributions are all but gone, only a third of Android users are still on 2.3 (and that number will drop like a rock in the coming months; assuming a 5 percent drop each month like it's been going, by next year pre 4.0 will be virtually extinct) and updates are coming faster. Also of note is that except for a small collection of features, even 4.0 is pretty comparable in performance and ability to the Jelly Bean versions. The next few months should be fun for Android. :)

5. Trex95

Posts: 2364; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The good thing Google/Android works hard and this an good news for competition. well done Google and keep the good job

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I'm interested in the camera-centric Nexus device.

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

But sure as hell hope that they simplify the kernel code so they get rid of the lag and abuse of power, RAM, battery. It's not just iOS that figured out to run an OS on limited resources but Windows and Blackberry as well, imagine the goods a lightweight Android would do to performance and battery life!

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

well, we'll see how the next kernel turns out. I'm actually happy that Android requires significant resources to run, because it's inspired a lot of hardware innovation.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

do you know what you are talking about? Windows 8 has more feature and therefor require more hardware resources to run, make sense right? Likewise Android is far more advance than iOS with true multitasking and yet still run well on dual core arms processor like the iPhone 4/5 due to additional optimisation effort such as project butter. Only Apple fans would overlook this and blindly bash Google.

25. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

@joey: I'm a huge fan of Android. And I agree with Bone. I'm not sure if the optimization needs to be done at the kernel level necessarily (just lack of knowledge on the subject), but while Android wipes the floor with iOS in terms of functionality, iOS does pretty much the same to Android in terms of performance. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it sets you free! Haha And great point Sniggly.

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I not a fan. I just use it as its the best thing for me right now. Lack of knowledge in coding that why you don't see the effort require that feature demand hardware resources to go hand in hand. When iOS gain full Android feature sets than we will see who is the better coders Google or Apple.

9. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Welcome move

10. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

I don't see how this is any good news for the old devices. It is clear that Google is not the main reason for the slow upgrade, but the manufacturers and/or the operators. Also the devices with 512 MB RAM are either old and/or from small manufacturers who don't publish updates anyway. Even if Android 5.0 plays well with 512MB RAM this will mean that the manufacturers will have to port their touchWizz/Sens/MotoBlur, etc to old devices which are most likely already out of official support or soon will be. The announcement is only good news for the future low end devices which will have latest version of the OS on bargain prices.

13. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I'll still hold to what reps from OEMS have told me that the next level of android will be offically called kettle corn when actually launches and not kid lime pie,if I'm wrong I'm blame them!

26. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Interesting. But there have been Google Easter eggs depicting Andy with some key lime pie. Time will tell!

14. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

It better have some new features also, like what apple did to their os n to be light.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, of course it will.

18. HASHTAG unregistered

Though Android 5.0 may work on older devices, do you really think manufactures will still give those older devices the upgrade?

27. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Most likely no. But, IF this manages to be true, the developers might take the lead on that and back port 5.0 to older phones. The developer community is pretty flippin' amazing.

19. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Can't to fire up CM11 on my phone then~

20. gehena1315

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Android 5.0 will suck!! I have 4.1 htc one x. it lags and freeze, nokia is better!

22. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

LIAR that's an AT&T phone you probably have criket or some s**t

24. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Really doubt you have a One X on 4.1 as my experience is quite the opposite of yours it seems, barely lags (only the occasional stutter) and i never have my phone freezing on me.

28. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

5.0 yes but 6.0 cheesecake will change the whole game..2014 it a game changer..

29. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

pls bring the dislike button back

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