For those who didn’t know, each major version of Android gets given the name of a dessert. The releases are in alphabetical order and so far we’ve had Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and JellyBean.
The next iteration is very likely to be called Key Lime Pie and will be announced at the annual Google I/O developer conference in May (as with previous Android versions). Google even puts a themed Android statue on their lawn to promote the launches. This means you can expect to see a Key Lime Pie-totem figure emerge sometime in the next few months!
Google tends to keep the details under wraps until their event and it’s no different this time around.
However, you can almost guarantee Android will keep the likes of Apple on their toes with cool new features.
One major problem being faced by Android is the amount of manufacturers using the operating system. Some phones don’t get the new updates and are left behind, while some get updated if the hardware can handle it. This means many users of mid-level smartphones will be stuck on whatever version their phone came with.
The exception is with Google’s own Nexus devices, which by nature, always get the updates soon after release.
Usually, a new Android device is launched along with the software. The latest (Nexus 4) is still relatively new, so a revised version of that smartphone may make an appearence. The Nexus 4 currently comes with either 8GB of 16GB of internal storage, so I expect Google to announce a 32GB version at the same time as Key Lime Pie (rather than a completely new Nexus). They did the same last year with the Nexus 7 tablet.
What features do you think Key Lime Pie will have? Let me know in the comments below.