WSJ: "K" release of Android coming to put an end to the "F" word

According to the Wall Street Journal, the next version of Android that we know as Key Lime Pie is known internally at Google as "K release". This is the build of Android that has also been known as Android 5.0. According to the paper, with this release, Google will allow Android smartphone manufacturers to use the open source OS on other types of products like appliances, smartwatches and other wearable devices. Companies like Samsung and LG would benefit the most since both have thriving appliance operations in addition to manufacturing smartphones. Both companies also indicated an interest in developing a smartwatch. Previously, manufacturers using an official version of Android to build a device could not use either the Google or Android name to promote the product unless it was a smartphone or tablet.

More importantly, the "K" build of Android is supposed to help relieve the fragmentation problem that has been a problem for Android since all the way back to Android 2.2. There are so many older models of Android floating around with just 512MB of RAM (compared to the 2GB on high-end models) that Google wants the new build to allow older Android phones to have some of the same features found on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. This will allow Android developers to optimize their apps for fewer versions of the OS.

In addition, according to those with inside knowledge, Google is said to be developing low cost Android models apart from their mid to high end Motorola handsets. These phones are going to be aimed at developing countries to help Google tack on points to Android's market share and will compete with an oft-rumored low-cost version of the Apple iPhone that has been rumored for months.

source: WSJ



1. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

The biggest problem... the MFG and Carrier.... Sure, my HD2 can run JB like a boss, but that doesn’t mean it will ever officially see anything other than the Windows Mobile that came on it... (Ok, bad reference in the scheme of things, but my HD2 still kicks ass!) Err, um... ya, so my Galaxy Note runs JB like a boss, but that doesn’t mean that AT&T/Samsung have any plans to release another update for it (or fix the current one... damn lazy arse MFG/Carriers)... Im going to stick with my Galaxy Note 1, 16:9 is just to narrow for me and since thats where they are going with the Galaxy + Note series, ill stick with the OG note with its 16:10 WIDE & TALL screen!

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I remain skeptical but hoping it at least helps.

3. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I guess this means Google's affluent followers will have their hopes dashed as they receive an update to a more bare bones OS stripped down for the sake of the weaker links. I'm not sure what it means. I guess the stock Android keyboard being turned into an app is the start of a flood of 'official' apps that bring back lost features in the Play Store. I guess like an official Google Launcher -- to bring back the original look and feel for the capable phones. It's smart if it works that way -- every phone is bare bones, but the powerful phones can download 'skins' to bring back some shine. Seriously though, does the extra .5GB of ram cost that much more?

4. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

It's quite brilliant the way they are breaking Android down into seperate apps. Updates and bug fixes for features won't have to be bogged down waiting for carriers and OEMs.

15. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

I doubt anything will be "stripped down" - this is Google, not that other platform that requires a computer, sync cable with a special connector and a certain version of the one millionth release of the same software to actualiZe a device.

16. rocketlog

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Isn't it a good thing? If it runs well with 512MB, it will be flying like a boss on 2GB. All the official apps will still come prebundled with the phones... Or are you expecting a phone with no keyboard app when you buy a brand new one?

5. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

The 512 MB RAM report came in such a long time ago PhoneArena. Now you read it?

7. chrisbeto10

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I hope it also brings desktop support... I want android on my laptop!

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Previously, manufacturers using an official version of Android to build a device could not use either the Google or Android name to promote the product unless it was a smartphone or tablet." Er..., what is the Sammy Galaxy Camera? It has an 'official' version of Android running it. The Sammy Galaxy Camera isn't a smartphone. I don't think it qualifies as a tablet, either.

9. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

i eat that cereal!

12. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

thats Kellogs for Women :D

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

A sure recipe for diabetes in long run .... HIGH CARB LOW FAT nonsense.

10. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

the manufacturers should just send the stock version of the updates to older phones if they dont have time to support the older versions with their own sure people will be happier to have the stock version of a newer version of the os rather than stick with the dated "touchwiz, or sense, or timescape" versions of the os let the google developers decide which phone can and cannot support the advanced versions...

11. MartianMe unregistered

This is going to be beautiful if it works out....Google is always thinking of the people who can't afford much...Thank you google.

17. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

google is thinking about them bt what about the manufacturers...doesnt look like they care much...the only people who might benefit from this are the ones who have a nexus phone or tablet...

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good move.

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