Back in September of 2011, it was rumoured that the next major operating system after Google’s latest OS, Android Ice Cream Sandwich would be called Jelly Bean. Google has a tendency of naming their operating systems after desserts in an alphabetical order and with their upcoming OS that is scheduled for this year, the trend does not seem to be changing. Though it was just speculation earlier on, during the beginning of this month, Asus' Corporate Vice President, Benson Lin confirmed the name and stated that the upcoming OS would be featured on their range of devices. The question persists as to when the next major OS will be released. This question has been answered in an exclusive report by DigiTimes where they state that Jelly Bean will be released in the third quarter of 2012.
Another dessert coming up in Q3 2012
DigiTimes has a knack of obtaining information through their infinite number of sources and this seems to be no different. Quoting sources, the report states, “Although the adoption of Android 4.0 has just begun to gain momentum, recent market speculation also indicates that Google may release its new platform, Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean), in the third quarter of 2012. The rapid shift of OS may not be healthy for the development of the Android ecosystem.”
Regarding Android 4.0, the report notes that the supply of smartphones running on Android 4.0 will increase substantially starting from the second quarter of 2012, with mid-range to high-end models coming from brand vendors, such as HTC, Samsung and Sony Mobile Communications. Though it has been a few good months, since Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich has been announced, very few handsets that are available in the market are running on this latest operating system by Google. Sources have informed the website by saying, “Smartphones running on Android 4.0 account for only 2-3% of all Android phones in use currently. However, the ratio will pick up soon as most major players are planning to roll out new Android 4.0 models, or have begun to offer upgrades to Android 4.0 for existing models.”
Many new Android handsets that are available in the market are using an operating system that is as old as two years old, even though they are activating a vast number of handsets each day. Due to this Google tends to receive a lot of flak because of the fragmentation that arises. Being an open operating system, many manufacturers tend to launch their own customizations or overlays to the stock Android OS, hence all handsets are not able to receive the update on time and it gets pushed back to a later date.
Let us know your thoughts on Jelly Bean being released during the third quarter of the year and Android not being seeded to a majority of handsets in the comments below.