Google’s spree of releasing newer versions of Android will continue. In 2011, we saw the release of Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. It was followed by the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in 2012. It’s 2013 now and Android users are bracing themselves for another upgrade. This time it’s Android 5.0 with a fancy name; Key Lime Pie.
As of now, there hasn’t been any official word from Google on the release. In the absence of news, rumors are all that we are left with. Some sources believe that the release is likely to take place in May 2013. If that happens, it would be pretty weird because Google declared Android 4.1’s release in last year’s June from its I/O conference; that means Key Lime Pie will be introduced before 4.1 completes a year.
There’s another rumor, doing its rounds in the industry. That is the rumor of Samsung’s next installment in the S series; the Galaxy S4. Industry sources are not letting these two rumors to stay apart. They are anticipating that Samsung S4 will run on Android 5.0. The official release date of S4 hasn’t been announced by Samsung either but a section of journalists are expecting it to launch in April of this year.
Not everyone in the industry is buying such anticipations however; SamMobile reported that Samsung is currently working on a new device. The model number of the device is GT-19500 and the LTE version has the model number GT-19505. As little giveaway is available at this moment, some are forecasting that S4 will release during the same time while others are of the opinion that the high-end device is really S4; Samsung refrained from using the number 4, because the number is believed to bring bad luck in Korea. The million dollar question is whether the devices will run on 5.0 because in 2012, before the release of Nexus 4, some sources anticipated that the slated device would run on Key Lime Pie. But LG Nexus 4 was released with 4.1 instead. The same thing might happen here. In fact, SamMobile indicated that the signature device of Samsung might run on TIZEN instead of Android. The flagship device could be introduced in the first quarter of 2013.
Ongoing rumors and misleading claims are making the entire scenario all the more uncertain. The only confirmation came from a Google employee name Manu Cornet. IB Times reported that the employee confirmed the codename of Android 5.0 and an image, showing the evolution of Android.