The next major version of the Google’s Android operating system could be scheduled for this fall, and a smaller update will allegedly be out before then.
The Google I/O developer conference came and went last month without any mention of a new version of Android, leaving people scratching their heads.
A recent unconfirmed report indicated that Android 4.3 (the third version dubbed “Jelly Bean”) will launch in July, along with the second-generation Google Nexus 7. The operating system isn’t expected to change very much, with only a few tweaks included.
No Pie Until This Fall
Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie) is supposedly scheduled for late October. Power users shouldn’t be salivating at the thought, however — rather than bringing in a bunch of new features, Google’s big push in this version is reportedly going to be optimizing its operating system to the point where it can once again run comfortably on a device with 512MB of RAM.
Letting Device Makers Catch Up
Google introduces an updated version of Android every 6 months. However, that doesn’t mean that tablet and smartphone users benefit from the updates very quickly.
For example, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) came out late last year. Months later, only 4% of Android users have this version. Just over two-thirds of users have a version of Android that’s over a year old, and many have versions that are much older.
Those who want the latest and greatest versions of this operating system should get a device in the Nexus line, like the Google Nexus 7, as these models get OS upgrades first.