VP of Engineering For Mobile At Google Hints At A Fall Release For Android 5.0

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” ?

source: Computerworld


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Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.

  • Guest

    The consensus seems to be that the name will be “Jelly Bean”, but I still hold out hope that it will turn out to be “Jelly Roll”,
    1) A Jelly Roll is a much more substantial dessert than a Jelly Bean
    2) The idea that this version would “Roll” the desktop, and Google TV interfaces together in a single OS similar to the Ice-Cream-Sandwiching of the phone and tablet versions
    3) The swirl motif at the end of a Jelly Roll might make for better marketing materials than a vaguely shaped jellybean. The Chrome logo kinda looks like the end of a Jelly Roll if you use your imagination

    OK, maybe not the best reasons here, but let’s see what happens…

  • Guest

    Got your list wrong.

    1.6 was Donut
    2.0/2.1 was Eclair.

    And for completeness, Honeycomb was 3.0/3.1/3.2

    • http://10 Joe Sirianni

      Yes, thanks for clarifying Troll. I appreciate the catch.