Google Exec: Android 5.0 Jelly Bean Aimed For Fall Release

Earlier today, we reported that the Android booth at Mobile World Congress had some sly hints of jelly bean in it. Towards the back room, there was a table with a giant bowl of jelly beans placed on it. Now there is something a little more concrete than just savory treats.

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean aiming for fall 2012 release

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of engineering for mobile, stated that “after Android 4 comes 5, and we haven’t announced the timing yet, which we’re still sorting out.” Lockheimer further went on to say in his interview with Computerworld that, “there’s a lot of engineering work still behind it — and there’s also the question of how to time it.”

However he added that, “the Android release cadence is one major release a year with some maintenance releases that are substantial still,” suggesting that we would see Android 5.0 this fall given that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rolled out in November.

In addition to acknowledging the above, he added that “the [timing of releases] is not what drives us; it’s innovation and offering users a great experience.”

No word yet on whether it will be dubbed Android Jelly Bean but we can be certain it will start with a “j”.


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