While over two thirds of Android users still find themselves nibbling away at Ginger Bread, rumours are already swirling about the next iteration of Google’s operating system. Android Key Lime pie rumours heavily suggest that this won’t be an incremental update like Jelly Bean was, but something much more which would be deserving of a full number upgrade, leading many to believe that it’ll likely end up being finally unveiled as Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
While the codename isn’t a certainty, the recent appearance of a cartoon featuring Google’s little green robot eating a piece of key lime pie which was drawn by none other than Manu Cornet, an employee of Google, did help fan the flames. While Many Cornet has since posted on Google+ to clarify that his Google-related doodle was merely speculative, many are still reporting it as fact. The cartoon itself references every prior iteration of the Android operating system, with the robot munching away on Jelly beans, an ice cream sandwich, a honeycomb, some gingerbread, frozen yogurt, an éclair and a donut.
Of course, people had previously believed that the jump from 4.1 to 4.2 would have been named key lime pie, but the second appearance of Jelly Bean swiftly swept those rumours aside. Google has always played its cards close to its chest regarding its update names and schedules, with no real routine set in stone as of yet, however, it would likely be a safe bet to assume that we’ll hear something come Google’s I/O developer conference in May of 2013. As to whether we’ll see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie or Android 4.3 Key Lime Pie is another question entirely.
Many assume that Google will use the launch of a new Nexus device to accompany an update to its operating system. Up until now, Google has partnered with different manufacturers to develop each new Nexus phone, with LG, Samsung and HTC all already having had a shot at producing the next big thing for Google. If the Mountain View-based tech giant continues this trend, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sony given the next opportunity. Sony have already been rumoured to be aiming to develop an Android device to compete directly with the wild successes of the Samsung S3 and Apple iPhone 5. The Consumer Electronics Showcase taking place in January of 2013 could be a good platform from which to unveil this device, but whether or not Google would be happy to have Sony steal its thunder before Google I/O is debatable.
The NenaMark benchmarking program, software designed to test phone performance, listed test results for a handset from Sony, the Sony LT30i, which was reportedly running Android 5.0. While such information isn’t too hard to fake, it does add some more weight to the possible rumours of a Sony Nexus Android 5.0 phone.
For those of us not willing to buy anew in order to be able to experience the future of Android, the question of Android Key Lime Pie updates will likely be a serious one. Google doesn’t have the best track record of managing to distribute its latest OS versions to all handsets within the launch window so whether or not we’ll see an Android Key Lime Pie Galaxy S3 or even an Android Key Lime Pie Nexus 7 isn’t a certainty.
While the Android Key Lime Pie release date is likely still a few months away, we’re still genuinely excited at the possible upcoming Android Key Lime Pie features and can’t wait to finally get a taste of Google’s delicious new recipe.
And what about the future of Android after Key Lime Pie? That’s even harder to guess at but, while we have some ideas that seem like complete no-brainers (Android Marshmallow and Android Pecan Pie, anyone?), the rest is a little more hazy. Still, here’s a rundown of what we expect might be the names for Android 6.0 and upwards.