Android 5.0 Jelly Bean Mobile OS Coming in Spring 2012?Android fanatics around the world are still stuck digesting the news of Ice Cream Sandwich revamping their smartphone interface and browsing experience while the upgrade itself has miserably failed to penetrate more than 1 per cent of the mobile phone market globally owing to hardware constraints.
There are hardly a few high-end smartphones flaunting the vigorous looks of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) onboard.
According to DigiTimes, the latest rumours citing Taiwan-based supply chain makers claim that the new version of Android operating system - Android 5.0 (Jelly Beans) - is due for release in second quarter of 2012. It appears as if Google has hastened its schedule date in the wake of Microsoft Windows 8 release looming large on the horizon.
Any Android user would undoubtedly question the logic behind such a hasty release, as Ice Cream Sandwich has not yet been absorbed by the smartphone market and Jelly Bean seems to be queued up into the supply chain with underprepared market. It seems like some hunky-dory competition of churning out everything you got, even if it does not appreciate the discerning audience.
So, what are the key features to expect? Does it really matter to upgrade with the latest release yet? These are some of the major questions doing rounds among the Android users world over.
Google has not yet tapped into the total Android market potential as certain hardware incompatibilities with Ice Cream Sandwich have dented its penetration.
Finally, Chrome Integration Seems a Reality
Meanwhile, all is not lost with the Jelly Bean release, as it promises to unearth the potential of Chrome OS integration into mobile devices. Besides, data sync between desktops, tablets, and smartphones, it can take full advantage of the Chrome browser's expanding lineup of games and productivity apps.
Google might abandon Android and even experiment a new product line with the Chrome OS banner for a refreshing look.
Dual-Boot Windows 8
Reports from DigiTimes hint that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean will ship in two flavours - Google and Microsoft. The discerning user might just stick to Android 5.0 or install the new upgrade alongside Windows 8 to configure a dual-boot operating system.
Providing the user the scope of meddling between two worlds (Windows 8 and Android 5.0), seems to be an intriguing prospect. Windows 8 flexibility coupled with Android's dynamic third-party app support should be compelling, as users could effortlessly switch between operating platforms for tablet to smartphone or game console.
While Windows 8 suits more for tablets and game consoles, Android 5.0 would clearly dominate the smartphone segment.