It has been rumoured that Sony would manufacture a Nexus smartphone. Instead, Google partnered with LG, and launched the Nexus 4. However, it may be not long before we see another Google handset. This one may be manufactured by Sony, as a benchmark has recently leaked online showing a Sony handset codenamed LT30i running on Android 5.0, which is believed to be titled Key Lime Pie.
A report by Pocket-lint states, “An online benchmark test has turned up that is purportedly of a device running Android 5.0 – which many believe will be called Key Lime Pie. The NenaMark2 result clearly states that the smartphone (or tablet) used in the test is a formerly unheard of Sony LT30i, while the operating system is listed as Android 5.0. The LT30p “Mint” turned out to be the Bond-starring Xperia T in the end, so this could be a handset from the same family.”
The NenaMark2 benchmark score reveals Android 5.0
Pocket-lint suggests that the LT30i may merely be used to test the next big update from Android. It states that it is highly unlikely that it will be the first handset to run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
Earlier this year it was reported that the next major OS to come out of Google may be called Key Lime Pie. With Key Lime Pie, we might just see something new in.
Here is a quick look at the history of Google’s past versions of its mobile operating system. Android 1.0 had no version name. Cupcake (1.5) was the one that followed suit with Donut (1.6) being the name of the one after that. Android 2.1 was called Éclair, while 2.2 came to be known as Froyo. The most popular one was Android 2.3 Gingerbread. After that, Google came up with a tablet-centric version of Android, called Honeycomb, which didn’t really appeal much to the masses. Then arrived the much-anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 update.
After Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google announced Android 4.2 with the same branding Jelly Bean. The new Jelly Bean update is available on only a handful of devices right now and is currently in the process of being dished to the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which was launch last year by Google and Samsung.
The camera app of Android 4.2 now features the Photo Sphere, which enables users to take high resolution, 360-degree photographs on all axes, giving the pictures a look much like Google Street View. You will instantly be able to share the photograph on whatever medium you desire, including Google Maps, if you want to make the picture public.
The new keyboard, making its debut in Android 4.2, supports gesture-typing. This allows you to type out words without having to tap on the screen, and instead, sliding your finger across the keyboard over letters that are part of the word. This is a lot like the Swype keyboard by Nuance that is commonly found pre-installed on Samsung devices.
Another big feature in the new version is the ability to have multiple profiles for tablets. This allows users to share their tablets without the fear of having their privacy compromised due to another person using the same device. Users can have a separate profile with different accounts, settings, and apps, for different members of the family, for instance. Schools could use the same tablets for different children from different classes.
One more major feature of the latest version of Android is the update to Google Now, a service that Google introduced with the Jelly Bean version (4.1). Google has added more features to Google Now. The service can now alert you of flight and hotel recommendations, as well as about nearby attractions, photo spots, movie times, and concert timings. All this comes thanks to the new Knowledge Graph by Google, which, according to Google, gives you more information on things you didn't even know you were looking for. While looking for websites, the new Knowledge Graph could lead you to more in-depth information on subjects that are closely related to your search.
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