We barely have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on 5% of Android devices and there’s already talks about when we should expect to see the next version of Android. According to Digitimes and their supply chain makers sources, Google is likely to launch Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) in the second quarter of 2012. These supply chain makers believe that Google will be launching Android 5.0 during Q2 to compete with the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8.
According to the report by Digitimes, Android 5.0 will be optimized for tablet PCs and will also integrate Google’s Chrome OS functions with the ability to use either Chrome OS or Android 5.0 without the need to reboot the tablet. Vendors will be able to choose if they want just Android 5.0 or a dual-boot system where Android and Chrome OS could be used.
Before you get all excited (or upset), you have to remember that there is no evidence to support anything in this Digitimes report. While it could be all be true, it is most-likely just based on one person’s personal opinion. Isn’t that how all rumors start?
While I do see Google releasing an updated version of their mobile OS, I don’t see them doing it anytime during Q2. They might announce what they’re working on in Q2, but I really don’t think that they will be releasing anything so soon. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich hasn’t even been around for more than 5 months; it still hasn’t been deployed on many of the devices that are currently available, and devices are still launching with Android 2.3 installed.
At the same time, there’s still a possibility that this report is true. After all, Google releases a version of their OS, on average, every 5 months. Check out how long it took Google to release the different versions of Android 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
Digitimes has been right in the past, but they’ve also been very wrong on a number of occasions. We’ll just have to sit tight and see how this one unfolds.