A new report out of DigiTimes advises that we’re going to see Android 5.0 Jellybean launch in but a few short months. According to their sources, OEMs are not happy with the adoption of Android 4.0 and will debut a tablet-oriented 5.0 operating system. Yeah, why don’t we wait a few months before we start talking like that, huh?
Given that 4.0 is barely even out, we cannot help but consider this a bunch of “lost in translation” stuff. What’s more, it would be very silly to go back to forking Android after just one unified release. Even more strange here is that 5.0 is said to allow for dual-booting of operating systems, pairing with, say,Windows 8 on a tablet. Android has already been used in similar capacity as other OEMs have adopted a dual-boot system for select devices.
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.
If we were to venture a guess we would say that we may “see” Jelly Bean at Google IO but not roll it out for a few more months. It would not surprise us to learn that whatever “J” build they go with also keeps a 4.x release. Think in terms of Donut, Eclair, Froyo, and Gingerbread and all the 2.X and you’ll see what we mean.
Keep in mind that while DigiTimes has been known to get a rumor or two correct, they’ve been way off the mark, too.