Android Ice Cream Sandwich, launched with the Galaxy Nexus a couple of months back, has caused a lot of excitement with many Android smartphone owners waiting for an update to be issued to their device. The Galaxy S2 may be one of the first phones to be upgraded, with an update expected to become available within the next few weeks.
A number of new Ice Cream Sandwich phones from Samsung and HTC are also expected to be launched at Mobile World Congress. But even before the latest update has fully rolled out rumours are emerging of the next Android version: Jelly Bean.
This is just a rumour – no phones have yet been announced that will run on the new update and the stated features aren’t too specific. It is thought that the main highlights will include greater integration for the new Chrome browser and also an option for manufacturers to include Android on Windows 8 tablets.
This is all based on a questionable comment by an undisclosed supplier in Taiwan, so at present it doesn’t hold too much weight:
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.
One of the changes made to Ice Cream Sandwich was to introduce less variation so that future updates could be rolled out faster. Hopefully, those updating to Ice Cream Sandwich within the next month won’t have to wait anywhere near as long for Jelly Bean.
Jelly Bean, or whatever it is eventually called, is expected to make an appearance in Q2. There will no doubt be a new Nexus phone to accompany it too.