Will Android 5.0 Jelly Beans finally solve the fragmentation problem for Android?
Despite the fact that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been introduced only a couple of months back, Google has set route for the next version of the Android OS. The Ice Cream Sandwich has been released on a handful of Android devices like LG Optimus 4X HD, HTC One X, One S and Samsung Galaxy S3 and its current penetration for ICS is just 1%.
Earlier Google Android versions were only limited to smartphones, followed by tablets and now it seems as if Google is eyeing the Notebook and Netbook markets with the yet to come version of Android OS. Recollecting the Android platforms, we realize that Android 3.0 Honeycomb was a tablet-only OS, followed by the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which turned out to be for both tablets and smartphones.
For now, Google is preparing to launch its next major mobile platform before the start of the second quarter. According to the details from DigiTimes, Google’s Android 5.0 Jelly bean will focus mainly on tablets and is definite to introduce many new and interesting features.
With no satisfactory results with the Ice Cream Sandwich, Google might just be rushing into the decision of launching Android 5.0 so soon. The Android 4.0 version was introduced with many updates and it even did further streamline the Android experience. With the ICS, Google attempted to reduce the fragmentation which had been one of the major drawbacks that affect the android ecosystem.
A close source to the ARM chip designer informed that Google has been planning to change the gear for Jelly Bean by limiting the support for old hardware. This change will surely make the introduction a lot faster for the device.
DigiTimes reports show that with the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, Google will possibly be pushing the Android fragments to new heights. Learning from the experience with ICS, Google’s jelly Bean will neither be supporting a single A8 or A9 processor nor any 1 GHz dual core processor. Nexus Galaxy is being considered the slowest device to receive the Android 5.0 update. Any of the honeycomb running tablets are unlikely to get the Jelly Bean upgrade.
In a couple of months from now, Google is likely to ship the Google tablet with the Android 4.0 ICS and then a Jelly Bean upgrade for the device. Google has confirmed the establishment of a Tegra 3 chip instead of the Qualcomm processor which will surely make the price tag from the tablet to end up nearby $199.
The hurt image of Google is highlighted in the devices to run the Jelly Bean, none of the tablets below $400-$500 range which clearly is not based on the hardware of the devices.