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Android 5 may be Jelly Bean, Ice Cream sandwich lower key

updated 06:55 pm EDT, Fri September 9, 2011

Tip identifies Android post-ICS as Jelly Bean

A historically strong source claimed Friday night that the version of Android after Ice Cream Sandwich not only has an early name but might be the actual significant update. Google is reportedly keeping its tradition of naming after desserts and would call it Jelly Bean. No timing was given for This is my next, but with ICS not yet shipped, Jelly Bean might not show until the Google I/O conference in the spring.

The tip also set surprisingly low expectations for the release. All the purported "game-changing stuff" that Google wanted in ICS has now been moved off to the later release. Google has so far kept its promises about ICS modest and has primairly mentioned unifying the code base phone and tablet experience. Other than head tracking in the camera app and a possible iPhone-style tray of always-available apps, little else has been spotted, officially or otherwise.

A shift in priorities could hurt Android smartphone and tablet designers. Some have been pinning their hopes for Android tablets on ICS having major feature additions, but a mild update could leave them in a similar state as they are today. Virtually no Android tablet creator has shipped more than a million tablets a quarter and won't necessarily see meaningful increases in the next few months even as iPad sales advance.

Google typically gives a small amount of insight into its long-term roadmap and, with ICS due as soon as October, could provide a more formal clue as to when Jelly Bean will be ready.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I've never seen or heard of anyone having jelly beans for dessert.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They're dessert

    I've had jelly beans for dessert. Not much of one, but any port in a storm.

    It is just a bit amusing how little information Google is giving on their roadmap given their constant emphasis on how "open" Android is. It will also look really, really bad for all the Android boosters and tablet manufacturers who've been talking about ICS as the thing that will make Android tablets competitive with the iPad if it turns out to be a modest update, with the real update pushed months farther into the future.

    I'm sure they will, eventually, ship a major, impressive tablet update, but it does start to smell like one of those "Everything will be perfect in 6 months" moving-target vaporware situations.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And the next version...

    ...will simply be codenamed "Patent Infringement", so as to save time.

  1. igroucho

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    beans remind me of java... coffee for dessert?

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As far as I can tell, consumers

    don't seem to be clamoring for Android tablets of any price or size. It actually seems as though the iPad is the new iPod and any form of Android tablet is a Zune. There won't be a tablet vendor in the world that will be able to match the iPad on cost per quality ratio. It's just not possible. Apple's whole manufacturing strategy and growing economies of scale prevents any rivals from even coming close. Apple's A5 processor and NAND memory purchases will be likely spread out to over three high-selling products (iPhone, Pod Touch and iPad) which would equal at least 40 million units per quarter. What other company can get a cost break based on that many components and pay up front for all those component contracts? None, most likely.

  1. macnews1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    could be good?

    This could be good for Android, and potentially bad for Apple. Don't hate, read the rest of this post.

    Android was rushed to market. Plenty of history to show the original design was not at all iPhone like. Once the iPhone was released with iOS it was clear Apple caught the industry by surprise. Since then everything has been rushed, yet rumors are Apple was developing iOS (including the hardware) for 10 years. That is 10 years of thinking, mistakes, re-vamping and trying again. All these companies are trying to do it in less than 10 months and so far have failed in terms of tablets and are not crushing or dominating in terms of phones.

    If Google does do this delay and really think through their system they *might* actually fix many of the problems they have encountered. IF that happens and in the mean time Apple doesn't do some major upgrades of their own, it might be the differentiator which starts Android to really pull ahead. There are a lot of "ifs" in there but bottom line for the consumer - competition is good. In the end I would be happy with Android and Apple being market leaders in terms of the tech as well as splitting market share.

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