Android has a terrific naming conference – each and every model of the cellular running gadget is known as after a deal with. We began with Donut, then moved onto Eclair, Fro(zen)Yo(gurt), Gingerbread, Honeycomb and now Ice Cream Sandwich. What’s subsequent on the menu – might it’s Jellybean?
That’s definitely the impression we get from Google. In a slightly-unsubtle nod to the rumours of Android 5, Google decided to leave a large bowl of jellybeans at its MWC area. Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer also stated to the folks at Pocket Now that Android 5 was definitely due this year, as Google will aim to stick to a “one release per year” schedule. Given the timing of Ice Cream Sandwich, that means it’s likely we’ll see Jellybean between summer and winter of this year – at least if everything goes according to plan.
With few phones being upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich promptly, some pundits have speculated that many manufacturers will skip ICS altogether to deliver Jellybean smartphones and tablets in the latter half of the year, which they’ll have longer to work on than they did on ICS. Google will of course have to deliver a new reference phone to mark the occasion, with the nod seemingly destined to go to Motorola Mobility, who are now owned by Google.
With Jellybean coming so soon after ICS, it’s hard to see many ways in which it could be improved, although Android is sure to steal any good ideas from Windows 8 and OS X Lion, which are both due to come out this summer.