Google prepping new Linux 3.8 kernel, can you say Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie?

Google prepping new Linux 3.8 kernel, can you say Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie?
A new Linux 3.8 kernel repository has been uploaded by Google with the features including “Samsung Exynos DRM advancements, open-source NVIDIA Tegra driver inclusion and lowered RAM usage."

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is based on Linux 3.0 kernel, but Google has uploaded the next 3.3 and 3.4 versions as well, for the Android 4.2.2 on its Nexus 4 handset.

We can't help but wonder then, if the Linux 3.8 kernel repository is not up for the work on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, although, with the suspected unveiling less than 3 months from now, we doubt its kernel hasn't been readied for prime time yet. Google's I/O will be coming in May, so we should now more then.

source: Google via Phoronix

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47 Comments

47. Trex95

Posts: 2402; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Android need fix from A to Z. most important fix improve the security, improve the frame rate at least 50 fps like iPhone unlike nexus 4 21 fps, Software should optimize well to take the advantages of powerful hardware.

35. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

key lime on note 2. cant wait.

30. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

It's about time. I thought Google released a new version every 6 months. Ice cream sandwich came out with the galaxy nexus I bought in November of 2011 & there has we're still on jellybean. WTF!

44. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

did you get your nexus with a contract

15. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Can you say gingerbread-to-ice-cream-sandwich-upgrade-hell?

14. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Cool deal. Wonder what feature they are going improve on and what they are going to add.

26. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Better battery life, improved ram usage, updated APIs libs, more efficient process scheduler.

13. mew7946510

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

I highly hope it'll get rid of the lag! With this, Android phones will cost lesser since it won't require octacore to run smoothly.

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nice trolling you got going on there.

36. Aeires unregistered

That's your brain not being able to keep up.

12. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

well, i hope this kernel will be an awesome one. probably google has reached the maximum performance from the old kernel. i hope that android 5.0 will be even much faster than JB (although JB is fast already)

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Unless they are merging Android and Chrome into one OS or some other major update, its not going to be KLP 5.0, its going to be 4.3 ...ugh.

34. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Another incremental version??? Wanna make a bet? =)

41. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I'm guessing 4.3 myself. 5.0 will be a huge update, as 3.0 (tablet) and 4.0 (phone and tablet) were. And I think said huge update would probably aim itself at Chromebooks as well. That's the direction Google seems to be headed, but they're not quite ready for a merger of Chrome OS and Android.

42. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I'll bet you a coke it'll be 5.0. =)

46. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I agree. Until they merge android with the chrome OS, the upgrades will be incremental.

10. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

How much app compatibility issues a switch in Linux kernel would make?

9. .warrenmosler

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Name it apple cobbler

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

tegra drivers.....i guess the nexus 7 is getting this update too

40. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

No surprise. I expect the Nexus 7 to get Key Lime Pie, at least. It _might_ get Android L, but I kind of doubt it. The question is the Galaxy Nexus. It depends on the features, but I'd expect that it should be able to handle whatever Key Lime Pie has to offer. It is two years old, but should have enough power.

5. ilia1986 unregistered

Yes - absolutely - I can say it! Android 5.0 - Key Lime Pie! :D

4. Esf_Kid

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

looks delicious. i prefer it over IOS

3. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

hmm wow lower ram usage.... sounds gr8.... :)

2. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

REALLY HOPE THIS FIXES THE EXYNOS ABUSE AND SUDDEN DEATH SYNDROME ISSUES FOR SG3 GNOTE2 :O

7. jonartpop

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

I thought Samsung has already released updates to fix the suddent death for gs3, it includes on 4.1.2 jb!? Correct me if I'm wrong.

27. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Is there a new kernel at 4.1.2? I read the fix was a Custom Kernel :D sorry for the ignorance :D

18. Retro-touch unregistered

Keep dreaming it will be ages before you see KLP in your S3 or Note 2

20. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

yup. I'm guessing it will be this time next year.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If ever

39. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Or when a modder gets around to it. You know, in about a week or two. The beauty of free software. It's a breath of fresh air from the iOS proprietary cage.

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