“After Android 4 comes 5, and we haven’t announced the timing yet, which we’re still sorting out,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for mobile at Google, while speaking to Computerworld at Mobile World Congress on Monday. “There’s a lot of engineering work behind it still, and there’s also just the question of how to time it.”
While the exact timing is still a mystery, Lockheimer made comments hinting that Android 5.0 would be released in the fall of 2012. There have been rumors floating around that we may see an Android 5.0 release by the early summer, and while Lockheimer’s comments suggested otherwise, they did not completely shut down the notion of an early release, either.
“In general, the Android release cadence is one major release a year with some maintenance releases that are substantial still,” Lockheimer said, pointing out that Android 4.0 was released in November, which would put the Android 5.0 release some time in the fall of 2012. But he still offered hope that we could see the next version of the Google OS sooner than that, saying, “Having said that, we’re flexible. The [timing of releases] is not what drives us, but what does is innovation and offering users a great experience.”
It’s also worth noting that while many have already taken to referring to Android 5.0 as “Jellybean,” Lockheimer was tight-lipped when speaking to Computerworld about which dessert will be used for the OS’s codename. And he only spoke vaguely about the details of Android 5.0, saying simply, “Things we add in the future are around simplicity and power [simultaneously]. That’s an ongoing theme at Google, and increasingly so.”