Currently all the talk on the Android platform surrounds the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, and the apparent slow rollout of the operating system. Only yesterday we heard news about both Motorola and HTC that gave some new information about their upgrade plans. Now there are reports that Android Jelly Bean may even beat the release of Windows 8.
Android ICS is only on around five percent of devices on the platform and we already starting to hear about the next version of the operating system. An article on Droid Matters is reporting that sources have said to Digitimes that Google is likely to release the software during the second quarter of this year.
It is being claimed that Google is looking to launch the software to take on the release of Microsoft’s Windows 8. Android 5.0 is believed to be optimized for tablet PCs, and will also focus on Google Chrome integration. The software is thought to utilize Chrome OS functions with Android 5.0 and Chrome OS without needing to reboot the device.
Companies will be able to decide if they want to use just Android 5.0 or have a dual-boot system that can use both Android and Chrome OS. It has to be remembered this is just a rumor currently and Google good just be working on the software and a second quarter release date may be a bit early. The latest OS hasn’t been around for that long, and a number of devices are launching running Android Gingerbread.
But it has to be said Google does normally release a new version of Android on average about every five months as you can see from the table below.
• Android 1.5 to Android 1.6 – 5 months
• Android 1.6 to Android 2.0 – 1 month
• Android 2.0 to Android 2.2 – 7 months
• Android 2.2 to Android 2.3 – 7 months
• Android 2.3 to Android 3.0 – 2 months
• Android 3.0 to Android 4.0 – 8 months
If true this news will be frustrating for many users of the Android platform who may have no exact date their quite new smartphone will be updated to Android ICS, let alone Jelly Bean. Which version of Android are you currently using?