Android 5.0 Jelly Bean scheduled for Q2 2012?

News Anjum Dhir 11:29, 17 Feb 2012

Google is rumoured to be readying its next generation operating system for a midyear release

Google’s supply chain manufacturers in Taiwan have revealed that the tech giant is planning an early launch for its next operating system Android 5.0, code named Jelly Bean. The company has apparently told its hardware partners to look at tablets and networks capable of running the OS scheduled to succeed ICS.

Digitimes reports that Google is also working to make Jelly Bean and Microsoft’s Windows 8 work seamlessly on the same device. If all goes according to plan, manufactures will be able to choose between adopting Android 5.0 on its own or adding it to a device capable of running Windows 8. Users of gadgets powered by both operating systems will be able to switch between Jelly Bean and Windows 8 in one go, without having to reboot the device.

Google is also rumoured to be integrating Chrome OS functionality for dual-boot tablets and netbooks. The company is hoping to make it big in the netbook and notebook markets with an optimized Android 5.0.

If the rumours about Google’s plans are true, they carry good news for gadget enthusiasts. Users will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds by switching between Android and Windows depending on whether they are playing or working on their machines. 

Experts, however, are skeptical about Google’s plans, especially since the roll out of the Ice Cream Sandwich OS has seen more than a few hiccups along the way and is still in its nascent stage. Many feel that the end of the year is a more likely timeline for the release of Android 5.0.

We will be waiting and watching for Google to make its next move. Stay tuned!


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