We know, we know! After reading that title you’re saying to yourself, “damn man, Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t even rolled out yet to more than a handful of devices!” We hear ya. I’m all for upgrades, updates and better OS’s don’t get me wrong. However, this isn’t helping the fragmentation issue one bit. Google, if you’re reading this, slow the heck down. One can only assume that the new OS is most likely a minor one and not as drastic of a change as ICS was from Gingerbread. That being said, Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering for mobile devices at Google made a comment during an interview with Computerworld at MWC that noted the new version could be rolling out to devices by early fall.
“After Android 4 comes 5, and we haven’t announced the timing yet, which we’re still sorting out,” Lockheimer said. “There’s a lot of engineering work behind it still, and there’s also just the question of how to time it.“
“In general, the Android release cadence is one major release a year with some maintenance releases that are substantial still.”
So, makes sense since Android 4.0 was released last Nov. However, Lockheimer adds:
“Having said that, we’re flexible. The [timing of releases] is not what drives us, but what does is innovation and offering users a great experience.”
So, there’s really no telling when the official announcement and/or roll-out will be. In addition, there was no solid confirmation that the name of the new OS would indeed be Jelly Bean. For now, we’ll have to give Android 4.0 some breathing room as it’s still a hit and success among developers and users alike. Stay tuned as we dig for the soup on all the details regarding the next iteration in the alphabetical sweets release. And feel free to offer some suggestions of your own as to what will follow suit.
1.5 – Cup Cake
1.6 – Donut
2.0/2.1 – Eclair
2.2 – Froyo
2.3 – Gingerbread
3.0 – Honeycomb
4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
5.0 – “J” ?