Android Jelly Bean

Rumors have begun circulating that Google may be speeding up the development of Android 5.0, believed to be codenamed “Jelly Bean.”

Digi Times is reporting that Google is pushing to get Jelly Bean out in the second quarter of this year, which actually lines up with the Google I/O conference which takes place April 24 & 25, and has been a venue where Google makes many of its large announcements.

Reportedly the next iteration of Android will be a bit more focused on tablets, but hopefully that won’t mean another splitting of the ecosystem like we saw with Gingerbread and Honeycomb, an issue that Ice Cream Sandwich was built to remedy.  It is also said to merge some of the Chrome operating system into Android and would allow you to run either of the operating systems.

Where the rumor gets really odd is that supposedly this is being rushed to meet the release of Windows 8 coming to tablets.  Apparently Google wants to see tablet manufacturers offer both Jelly Bean and Windows 8 on the same devices and allow for users to switch between the two operating systems without a need to reboot the device.  According to the report:

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.

We have to admit we’re taking that particular point of the story with a pretty large helping of salt.

Seeing as many people are still waiting for an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich – like the folks using a host of different Motorola devices – another release of Android this soon is sure to keep people’s head spinning as to what iteration they may finally upgrade to when and if one happens for them.

Specifics aside, Google has had a six to eight month window between releases of Android, and this falls smack dab inside of that window, so it is quite possible that this could be when we do see Jelly Bean, but we’re going to suggest you take the specifics of what it will do as being very tentative.

[via Digi Times]