Thursday, February 16, 2012

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean could arrive this Summer


While most of the world toting an Android phone is still running Gingerbread, DigiTimes says that its Taiwanese supply chain sources are already rumbling about the arrival of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. It could be here by Summertime this year, say those sources.

Also mentioned is some sort of nebulous plan to target PC manufacturers with Android dual-boot setups by integrating “Chrome system functions.” If that’s true, what functions are they referring to? Multiple user logins seems like a safe bet, as does perhaps integrating Chrome’s sandboxing system and trimming down the overall boot time. Beyond that, the “Chrome system” is really just the browser, which recently made its way to Android anyway.

The DigiTimes post also throws out the bold assertion that Google wants to have a second go at the notebook and netbook markets. That’s followed by an odd statement that Android 4.0 “didn’t perform as well as expected.” In what way? It’s a bit early to say that the OS didn’t perform well and pass a final judgment, especially since it’s not available on the vast majority of Android phones and tablets at this point in time. Does the comment mean in terms of being adopted by netbook and notebook manufacturers?

If that’s the case, it probably has much more to do with the fact that dual-boot setups have never been popular with consumers and that most early attempts to shoehorn Android and Windows into the same machine have gone over like a lead balloon — just ask Acer.

DigiTimes rounds out its post by saying that manufacturers are cooling towards Android 5.0 — another odd statement when you look at the number of Android devices being activated every day around the globe. Android devices are still selling like hotcakes and manufacturers will line up to build Jelly Bean phones and tablets just as they have with previous versions of the OS.