Android 5.0 Jelly Bean Could Launch Early – Q2 2012

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean Could Launch Early - Q2 2012
   

The occasionally right DigiTimes comments today that Google [GOOG] could be preparing Android 5.0 Jelly Bean for launch in the second quarter of this year.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was only just launched in late 2011 although it is only available on a fraction of devices that are available for some reason. The reason DigiTimes believes Android 5.0 is launching early is due to a release of Windows Phone 8 and wanting to beat them out of the gate so to speak. Also, an interesting quote is found on DigiTimes which discusses the OS pushing for dual-operating systems… ie, a mix of Jelly Bean and Windows 8 on the same device.

Android 5.0 will be further optimized for tablet PCs, while Google will also integrate its Chrome system functions to push dual-operating system designs. Brand vendors can either choose to adopt only Android 5.0 or add Android 5.0 to Windows 8 devices with the ability to switch between the two OSes without the need to shut down the computer.

In my opinion I believe that Google will follow its yearly pattern of launches. In the beginning, Android was constantly updated which led to a lot of fragmentation. They then decided to slow down major releases to be more in line with a yearly cycle. With that in mind, expect Google to release a Nexus device in November/December 2012 which will also have Jelly Bean installed.

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