Is Android 5.0 Jelly Bean ready for a Summer launch?

Is Android 5.0 Jelly Bean ready for a Summer launch?
For this next story, you need to open your spice cabinet and take a pinch of salt to consume with this report. In other words, this is pure speculation. According to DigiTimes, Google would like to make up for what it perceives as the underachieving Android 4.0, and at the same time beat Microsoft's Q3 launch of Windows 8 to the punch, by releasing Android 5.0 Jelly Bean during the second quarter.

Optimized for Android tablets, Jelly Bean would also include the Google Chrome system to allow for dual operating system functionality. Manufacturers will have the option of  installing only Android 5.0 into a product, or add the latter to Windows 8 devices. Users would be able to switch platforms without shutting down the device (Hey, we warned you!). The report also notes that Google would use Android 5.0 as a way to enter the notebook and netbook markets.

According to DigiTimes, since Ice Cream Sandwich did not live up to expectations, some of Google's downstream partners are wary about Android 5.0. While the vast majority of Android users are weeks or months away from Android 4.0, it might seem strange to even be thinking about it now. But with Google I/O slowly coming into view (June 27-29th), it won't be too long until we start hearing all about Jelly Bean.

source: DigiTimes

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49 Comments

1. ilia1986 unregistered

How exactly did ICS not live up to expectations? It's not even on 5% of the devices atm, ffs.

6. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Its good that Google thinks ICS didn't live up to expectations, it encourages them to make an even smoother OS that will be better for us and easier to use. First thing I said when i saw this was "whyyyyyy" but after thinking about it, Jellybean might be a good thing for the summer, It will make android even more popular and maybe tablet makers will skip ICS and get straight to JB (not Justin Bieber)

22. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

it's not the os SMOOTHER it's the hardware better ICS is definately heavier to handle by the hardware than 2.1, 2.2 or even 2.3

48. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Yes, but it's smoother because android takes use of the phone's hardware

38. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the answer illia is in the question.. -"How exactly did ICS not live up to expectations? It's not even on 5% of the devices atm, ffs."-

46. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

ICS really isn't moving much slower than other updates especially considering the fact that it is such a large one.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yes, how did ICS not live up to expectations? If the issue is speed of roll-out, I would imagine a similar under-achievement will occur for Jelly Bean.

3. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This don't make no sense how can ICS not live up to somethin its not even on? Wait until everybody gets a chance to get it besides dam NEXUS or Rom people. Everybod wants the dam update but manufactures are taken they dam time to roll it Ight because they're tryin to skin it or have customers buy new devices with it preloaded my vote goes to the latter it all boils down to money and they want us the consumer to spend more of it.

4. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Is that PA spreading rumors again? No, it can't be.

36. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

This will probably be the only time I agree with Miz, but this is DEFINITELY a case a PA either helping to spread unfounded rumors or simply having a quota to fill and just copy and pasting articles from other sites to generate page views. ICS is WIDELY ACCLAIMED as the BEST mobile OS around. Certainly the best iteration of Android. Smh...

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Maybe Samsung is holding off the S3 so they can run it with 5.0 out of the box

7. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Lol what a joke, everyone has been raving about ICS I highly doubt google is upset with it. If anything maybe they're disappointed with chrome OS.

8. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

what???? People are still waiting for ICS and now you are talking of Jelly Beans???? I like getting updates, but this just sounds kind of crazy.

35. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

in case anyone missed it this article, as admitted by alan, is bu11sh!t or "In other words, this is pure speculation". man i wish i could get paid to spread baseless rumors. btw i heard android 6.5 aka devils food cake, is coming out tomorrow because everyone in the world hates ICS.

9. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

And i see that its optimised for tablets. Does this mean that we are going back to the ginger bread/honey comb nonsense?

10. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

How did Ice cream sandwich not live up? It is only on 4 devices on the US nd has not had a chance to be on other devices and their user interface. It made the Xoom and prime a better device. Roll out this version first and than make plans for a new update. On a phone and tablet, ics is great IMO.

11. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

If Google doesn't release an Android version that removes the lag people are talking about in Android,It will be a huge step back...

12. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

" Since I Phone 4s did not live up to expectations"

13. BlazinEmperor

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

You haven't used an ICS Device yet, maybe Google have played around with it & has realised that it doesn't just cut it, so they want to introduce Android 5.0 quickly.

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Failing to live up to what expectations? Why would JB be tablet optimized when the purpose of ICS was to unify the phone and tablet OS? For shame Alan, for shame...

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm actually curious what expectations ICS hasn't lived up to as well. However, I will say this: If an Android laptop is ever released, and it contains the functionality of a Windows laptop (hardware and software) I will dump Microsoft and never look back.

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

android 4 is practically acclaimed as the best mobile OS right now. so it definitely doesn't under achieve. speed of system adoption is another matter, and I don't see how that could change with jelly beans. but I do see Google wanting to beat windows 8 by releasing a full fledged operating system..after all, they said android 5 will be a game changer

17. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

As much truth in this article as there is saying 'Apple likes competitiveness and does not seek to sue any company'.

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..and oh, I second that, Sniggly! only that future laptops won't really be laptops but tablets with keyboard dock/laptops with touch screens and detachable keyboard..whatever you want to call them

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You know what, I'm all for a modular system if it can give me the practical use, power and compatibility that a traditional laptop provides. We're already getting close with tabs like the Transformer Prime. Modular system, takes the place of a small laptop, has the processing power of a 500ish price range quad core. All it's really missing are a large storage drive and a CD/DVD drive.

19. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

If Ice Cream Sandwich has problems then Google can patch and update it like, Android 4.1.2, 4.2.2...etc. But releasing a major update this year would be ridiculous. ICS has just started getting on some devices moreover new smartphones still come with Gingerbread with OTA ICS update. So it would be reasonable for google to let this year flow with Ice Cream Sandwich. In this way more ICS bug will be fixed and more improvement will be made. This would also help to improve Jelly Beans.

21. Jericho unregistered

yea ''Goobuntu''

23. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

when ics comes out will see... only few devices running ICS doesn't mean it didn't live up to expectations besides ics is the best os for now

24. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Thats a good idea but we havent even seen ics properly and they are relesing 5.0 jellybean anyway looks like RIM and MICROSOFT are going to have nightmares again

34. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Who's having nightmares?

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