Android 5.0 to come no sooner than this fall

Android 5.0 to come no sooner than this fall
Not long ago, we came across this wild speculation suggesting that Android 5.0 will be unveiled this summer. We didn't really buy it, and even wrote a post explaining why seeing Android 5.0 so soon is highly unlikely. But today, all possibility of seeing a new major Android release prior to this coming fall has been put to rest.

Word comes from Hiroshi Lockheimer, Vice President of Engineering for Mobile at Google, who hinted that the release of Jelly Bean will not happen until the fall of 2012. He made the statement at MWC 2012 while speaking with the guys at Computerworld. Furthermore, he clarified that the release time frame for Android 5.0 has not been set in stone yet.

And by the way, Lockheimer did not mention anything about Android 5.0 being dubbed Jelly Bean, but that is the name that has been thrown around for a while now. Jelly Bean actually seems like a plausible name for Android 5.0. Each Android iteration has been named after a pastry in alphabetical order: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Also, the bowl of jelly beans that was spotted at Google's booth at MWC 2012 could also be a clue.

Details as to what significant changes Android 5.0 will bring were not revealed, but we hope to hear more during Google's I/O conference this summer.

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38 Comments

34. idanielx

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

wth? 4.0 just came out

33. vivek.ray

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 08, 2011

No disrespect to people shelling out upto $500 in favor of OS development , but yeah it hurts to know that the new phone I held today will be outdated few weeks later . Also w/o any possible future for upgrades as its very hard for my OEM to develop a ugly skin and implement it on latest iteration of OS . Google should now improve ICS to such extent that all Gingerbreads's , h/w qualified , are upgraded to 4.x , later they may introduce 5th version .

32. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

i dont understand why phones are still launching with GB with the update coming in 2 to 3 months to ics BS just launch the fuking with ICS

18. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Something we notice - New Android Phone release with latest Gingerbread (Later getting ICS update). Which imply most release phone still comes with Gingerbread. And now we're already talking about Jelly Bean. I mean come on Google give us a break. Let Ice Cream Sandwich flow smoothly this year.

12. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

the oems are not moving fast enough to push ics. I think this is pissing off google because they feell like they need to push another huge update to compete with windows 8,and ios new updates this year

14. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

not only the OEMs, but carriers as well.. they have to put their bloatwares and stuff, making it even longer for a device to be updated.. but by the time JB (oh, no, that looks like Justin Bieber..) arrives, almost all phones would be out of warranty already and many can choose to just root..

9. Nanaoallen

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

off topic. I know this is IMPOSSIBLE, but if google were to pick apple as the next nexus manufacturer. It should be named iNexus :)) Just my reverie that apple should try the BEST OS. I would love to have an iPhone with an Android OS.

13. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yes you can get an iPhone 3G to run android.. but seriously, google should slow down a little.. improve ICS first, or at least let 2011 devices that are promised by manufacturers to taste ICS get it first before launching a new OS.. but i have a strong feeling that this will be a 4.1 like others have mentioned, not 5.0, to address some legal IP issues, like the new lock screen etc..

8. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

got suggetions for android 6.0... krispy kreme? kaffir lime sorbet?

11. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

krusty krab..

16. HGMIV

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Kahlua? Kiwi?

23. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

my bet is still on Key Lime Pie

7. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

since when is Ice Cream & Jelly Beans Pastries??????? you meant snacks, buds, not pastries.

10. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

the names are based on desserts, not pastries nor snacks..

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"Each Android iteration has been named after a pastry in alphabetical order" read the article stupid

5. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

it will definitely be 4.1, since 5.0 is not gonna release till this fall(as said in the article), then it means that they will provide any other iteration below 5.0, they can't sit with 4.0 on the market for the whole year. apple will eat them up otherwise.

31. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Apple will not release another OS until their next phone comes out in October-ish. They would not give 4S users iOS 6 before the 5(?) came out. That would risk losing the wow factor of the very few new things that will be on the phone.

4. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

It will likely be 4.1 not 5.0

3. Twitch016

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

My bet is still on Jelly Bean being 4.1 - 4.0 was a major transition and given the adoption rates (abysmal) to this point, I'll bet they make this more like a Froyo to Gingerbread addition rather than the larger leaps to Honeycome and ICS no matter the features they add.

17. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

my nexus is runnimg 40.2...... it will.likly be.... 5.0

21. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

40.2?? holy s**t LOL

27. Skidro13

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

Ha, what is the pastry name for android 40?

2. rahulcena5565

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

They should Develop ICS and Help OEM to push updates to their Devices rather tham Releasing New OSes! This will only increase the Android Fragmentation problem!

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I would leave it to the pros there sport. Google has more insight into the industry than any of us spectators. Have some faith, Google knows what they are doing.

19. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

brother you are right. you buy an ics phone and three months later its using an out dated os. what happens is that some of such customers would wait for the latest firmware from their manufacurers while others would buy new phones. so premature updates are good for the manufacturers because it sell them phones. but not for the consumer.

25. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

like i give a sh!t about the consumer. i want updates as fast as i can flash them. i want the cutting edge. i do not care if the iDiots out there think the new OS is "buggy", "half-baked", or "premature". i know that the new OS is new, and is a work in progress. i want to help with that development.

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

i was this close to caring... now we know how you like your meat....

28. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

raw, still kicking. same way i like my chicken.

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you cut the head.. but the body still moves.. you watch out for the kicking...

24. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

ICS is already developed...now they need to make it portable like windows OS...standardize all hardware interfaces so that users can flash latest and greatest of android on their own.

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