Google gave at least a partial hint to when we can expect to see the release of Android 5.0, and it isn’t this summer as some have suggested.
A report surfaced earlier this month that suggested Jelly Bean – the still unofficial name of Android 5.0 – could launch as soon as this summer, but speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, at least one Google executive somewhat shot that down. Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for mobile at Google, spoke with ComputerWorld and said, “After Android 4 comes 5, and we haven’t announced the timing yet, which we’re still sorting out. There’s a lot of engineering work behind it still, and there’s also just the question of how to time it.” He went on to add, “In general, the Android release cadence is one major release a year with some maintenance releases that are substantial still.” Seeing as Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) launched in the fall of 2011, it stands to reason that a year release cycle would point to a fall 2012 date for the debut of Android 5.0.
Before we get all set for the fall, however, Lockheimer did have one additional statement, saying, “Having said that, we’re flexible. The [timing of releases] is not what drives us, but what does is innovation and offering users a great experience.”
It looks to us as though we’ll hear more about Android 5.0 at the Google I/O conference in June, but we wouldn’t put money down on that also being the timing for the launch announcement.