With a number of exciting products unveiled at MWC 2012, this week things are heating up in the Android world. While die hard Android fans are eagerly looking forward to the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, a lot is being rumored about Android software and its updates. Ahead of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean launch, fresh reports suggest that the follow-on version of Google’s Android operating system, expected to roll out two years from now will bear the name of “Key Lime Pie”.
Google has adopted a unique naming system for its software updates in its Android platform. There are two things to bear in mind while considering this naming system. The first thing is that all the updates are named after desserts and the second thing is that all names have followed the alphabetical order just as they are in a sequential manner. The first public release of Android OS was named as Cupcake and since then Google has used dessert names that start with alphabets D, E, F, G, H, I and J that is Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean for the upcoming Android 5.0 update.
As Google is getting ready to roll out Android 5.0, the devices running on Gingerbread constitutes around 60%, while ICS constitutes of just 1% of all Android devices that is a matter of concern. Furthermore if you compare Android with other operating systems, its market share has declined by 13%, while Apple’s iOS market share has shown a growth of 17% in Q4 compare to Q3, last year. You can refer to the image given below to have a detailed look at the market share of different Android versions.
Reports suggest that 2012 will see the launch of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean version while 2013 will mark the arrival of Key Lime Pie that is the probable Android 6.0 firmware version. It’s really unfortunate that older devices are not yet fully updated to Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 versions in spite of hardware requirements meeting the criteria for the roll out. Though the blame ball continues to bounce between Google and the device manufacturers, it is only users who suffer from not being able to install the latest firmwares and custom ROM updates in their Android devices.
As such Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is all confirmed by Asus, Android 6.0 version has to start with the letter ‘K.’ Key
Lime Pie seems to make sense but other possible names for Android 6.0 could be Kustard, Koen, Kugel or Krum Cake. While Jelly Bean and Key Lime Pie already in line, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handsets have just begun their rise to prominence with Samsung Galaxy Nexus being followed by HTC One X and the Huawei Ascend D. With talks in that Samsung Galaxy S II is going to receive the official Android 4.0 update on March 15, Google hopes to change the Android market scene this year eventually before the release of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. Let’s hope that Google adopts a better policy that supports not just classes but also masses when it comes to new firmware updates getting rolled out.