Ice Cream Sandwich is still only available on a handful of devices, but that doesn’t stop Google to release its successor. Latest rumors have it that Android’s next release – 5.0 Jelly Bean – will be unveiled in the second quarter of this year.
According to the often reliable DigiTimes, who quote Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Android 5.0 Jelly Bean will bring further optimizations for larger screen devices – tablets and netbook computers.
One of the key features of the upcoming Android release will be its ability to dual-boot Chrome OS. The cloud-based platform still struggles to make an impact and Google is obviously planning on using the wildly popular Android to change that.
Dual-booting will also make Android 5.0 Jelly Bean much easier to market with computer makers. Given the popularity of the Asus Transformer Prime, we guess there might be a niche for ultra-portable computers with super long battery life and good performance, even if they don’t run a regular desktop OS.
We’ll have to wait and see about that. For now we are circling June 27 on our calendars – it’s the day when the Google I/O developer event begins and if an Android 5.0 Jelly Bean announcement is to happen in Q2 – that will certainly be the place.
For now, we area already enjoying the interesting Android/Jelly Bean imagery – nice!