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Asus Suggests It May Offer Android 5.0 First, Confirms Jelly Bean Alias

Android Jelly Bean Logo croppedThere’s a fierce competition going on right now, not only to release the latest and greatest smartphones and tablets, but to be the first to offer Android 5.0. Yes, while numerous handsets still long for the sweet embrace of Ice Cream Sandwich, companies like Asus and LG are working toward being the first to market with Google’s next OS. So who will get the honor?

Speaking with TechRadar, Asus’ Corporate Vice President Benson Lin suggested the Taiwanese company may be first to offer Google’s upcoming OS. In the process, Lin seems to have confirmed the official name, Jelly Bean, which has been hinted at for some time now. “Asus is very close to Google, so once [it has] Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.”

Asus has built itself a pretty worthy track record when offering Android updates. The company was the first to roll out Honeycomb, and it was the first to offer Ice Cream Sandwich on its Transformer line of tablets. Lin hopes Asus can continue its first to market reputation with Jelly Bean, perhaps with the release of its show-stopping PadFone. Unless LG has anything to say about it.

LG has expressed interest in partnering with Google to offer a device similar to that of the Nexus, saying the company is “working on it.” The stakes are certainly high, especially with Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility all but closed. Once the capture becomes official, it’s hard to imagine Google offering a third-party the opportunity to launch another Nexus device.

Just maybe, though, Asus, or even LG, can be the first ones to roll out a Jelly Bean update to its own flagship Android handsets. After that, the rat race will surely go on in preparation of Google’s next OS update.

[via Tech Radar]