There are several smartphone users who are still waiting for the Android Ice Cream Sandwich to hit their device and tablets, now it looks like the search engine giant might be gearing up for another big launch date to release the next version of Android OS this year 2012.
According to reports online, Google might be unveiling Android 5.0 aka Jelly Bean in the third quarter of this year – lining up with the Google I/O annual developer conference at the end of June. While Google didn’t ever mentioned about the Android Jelly Bean and the version 5.0 mobile operating system so far. With Ice Cream Sandwich being introduced to the world during the Google I/O event in may 2011, then officially launched in October, it seems like we really haven’t had enough time to get to know the 4.0 version of the OS. Although Android 4.0 has officially been available for over five months, statistics show that not even two percent of Android devices in existence are running Ice Cream Sandwich.
If its true, it doesn’t seem like a good move, with only 1-2% of Android devices running on 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed right now. While that number is expected to spike as more manufacturers release ICS devices in the second quarter of the year, the closeness in launch times could prove problematic.
According to our favorite Taiwanese rumor site, DigiTimes, Google originally planned to announce and ship Jelly bean in Q2 of this year. That would translate to anytime between the first of April and the last day of June. Now it looks like Jelly Bean has slipped to Q3, which is anytime between July and September.
The current version of Android offers probably the most notable upgrades to date, with features such as facial recognition, widget re-sizing and a new powerful voice input engine; but has been extremely slow to gather pace in the industry. Companies such as HTC have announced the the HTC One X, One S and One V which will be their first three Android 4.0 handsets, with others such as Sony about to release two smartphones initially running Android Gingerbread but benefitting from almost immediate ICS updates.
If this unnamed source is accurate, then those devices could almost immediately be running an out of date version of Android. Android 5.0 Jelly Bean was previously speculated to be coming at some point during Q2 of this year. Android 5.0 looks all set to bring updated and improved support for those users who prefer their Android experience to be via a tablet device.
The source have also mentioned and pointed “The rapid shift of OS may not be healthy for the development of the Android Ecosystem” and could create a trend of Android users being consistently one step behind the official current version of the OS.
We can only wait for the biggger deal of the Google’s 5.0 OS integration with the new Nexus version smartphone, would it manufactured by Samsung again?