Google’s revealing no indications of slowing its rate of Android development, with Android 4.0 appearing on the Galaxy Nexus late in 2011, complied with by the Android 4.1 Jelly Grain launch that showed up powering the very Nexus 7 in July of 2012.
2 even more tastes of Jelly Bean were to adhere to: Android 4.2 was launched on 13 November 2012, and afterwards Android 4.3 shown up on 24 July 2013.
Throughout the Jelly Bean regime, we’ve been collecting reports of the upcoming major Android upgrade, Android 5.0. The word was that this launch was being developed under the dessert-related codename of Secret Lime Pie yet after that on 3 September 2013, Google revealed that Android 4.4 KitKat would certainly precede Android 5, so the Trick Lime Pie label plannings to have been abandoned.
We’re still anticipating an Android 5 launch, of course, however with different components, a new code label and a later launch date compared to we were initially expecting.
Cut to the chase
Exactly what is it? The following significant upgrade for Android, to follow on from Android 4.4
When is it out? We’re believing mid-2014
Exactly what will it set you back? Nothing, it’ll be a free upgrade
The dessert-themed name that we think will certainly begin with L is anybody’s guess at this phase. Android 5.0 Lemon Cheesecake or Android 5.0 Lemon Meringue Pie, anyone?
As we stand by on main news of that code label, along with the Android 5.0 launch date and functions, we can start to pull together the most recent reports from around the web.
Android 5.0 release day
Up until Android 4.4 was revealed we had actually expected the Android 5.0 launch date to be time in Oct 2013. We now expect to see Android 4.4 KitKat launch throughout that month. Despite that point launch, we believe it’s now most likely that we’ll see Android 5.0 shown in mid-2014, rather possibly at Google IO, Google’s yearly two-day designer conference in San Francisco.
That’s a year on from when we had initially anticipated to see Android 5.0, which went to Google IO 2013, which took place from May 15 to May 17 2013. Provided that Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Grain at 2012′s IO conference, it appeared affordable to anticipate to see Android 5.0 at the 2013 occasion.
However on 13 May 2013, we obtained our confirmation that there would certainly be no serving of Android 5 at Google IO from Sundar Pichai, Google’s new head of Android. Pichai told Wired that 2013′s IO is “not a time when we have much in the means of launches of new items or a brand-new os”. Boo! “Both on Android and Chrome, we’re visiting focus this IO on all the kinds of things we’re providing for designers to make sure that they could create much better things,” he added.
Android 5.0 phones
Reports of a new Nexus handset started seeping in throughout the 3rd quarter of 2012, as we stated on 1 October 2012. There was talk that this phone would certainly be sporting Android 5.0 however the mobile, which became the Google Nexus 4, arrived running Android Jelly Bean.
While the Nexus 4 didn’t appear with Android 5.0, conjecture that we mentioned on 21 January 2013 recommended that the Motorola X was the Android 5.0-toting mobile that would certainly be uncovered at Google IO. The Moto X wasn’t on program at IO and rather appeared in August 2013, operating Android 4.2.2.
We likewise heard whispers that a brand-new Nexus phone, probably the Google Nexus 5, could be blessed with Android 5.0 and on 18 March 2013, supposed pictures of the Nexus 5 surfaced, with the handset evidently being manufactured by LG. If the coming with specs, dripped along with the photo by the confidential source, are true, after that the Nexus 5 will include a 5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080 OLED screen, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM.
The most up to date speculation, which we mentioned on 13 September 2013, suggests that the Nexus 5 will now show up sporting Android 4.4 KitKat.
Androids out valid at Google IO 2012
If reports that we covered on 30 May were appropriate, then HTC would have brought us an Android 5.0-powered ‘phablet’ in the type of the HTC T6. But that device introduced in October 2103 as the Android 4.3-powered HTC One Max.
Android 5.0 tablet computers
The original Nexus 7 tablet computer was revealed at Google IO 2012, so we thought it possible that we ‘d see a refreshed Nexus 7 2 at Google IO 2013. The speculation previously in the year was that Google would certainly join Asus for this, as it did with the initial Nexus 7. We expected an upgraded display on the new Nexus 7 tablet computer, while Digitimes reported that the Second generation Nexus 7 would have 3G service and range in rate from $149 to $199.
The brand-new Nexus 7 was a no-show at IO, however the Asus-built device was later introduced by Google on 24 July 2013, albeit operating Android 4.3 rather compared to 5.
Samsung’s Android 5.0 upgrades
Although Samsung is yet to officially verify its Android 5.0 schedule, a SamMobile source is declaring to know which phones and tablet computers will certainly be obtaining the upgrade. According to the source, the devices established to get the upgrade are the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Keep in mind 10.1. Do note that this state was made prior to Google revealed Android 4.4, so if it was ever before right, it’s most likely a whole lot less right now.
As you ‘d expect, the S4 will be getting an Android update, but to which variation?
Android 5.0 functions
For 24 hrs, it appeared as though the initial kinda, sorta verified feature for Android 5.0 was a Google Now widget, which briefly appeared in a screenshot on the company’s assistance online forum before being taken down. As it was so hurriedly pulled, many individuals presumed it was slated for the huge five-o and mistakenly revealed early.
As it happened, the following day, on 13 February 2013, the Google Now widget presented to Jelly Bean.
On 28 February 2013, we picked up from Android Central that Google is collaborating with the Linux 3.8 bit, which triggered the concept that this kernel could power Android 5. One enhancement that the 3.8 kernel brings is reduced RAM use, which would certainly imply a snappier phone with much better multitasking.
We’re now expecting that Linux 3.8 kernel to turn up in Android 4.4, provided that Google’s stated objective with KitKat is “to make an impressive Android experience available for everyone”.
Android Geeks showed that Google Babble would certainly debut on Android 5.0. Babble was the code name for Google’s cross-platform solution and app with the objective of unifying its various chat solutions which consist of Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Google Drive and Chat on Google+.
A screenshot that we were sent from a Google staff member on 8 April confirmed that not only was this combined chat solution en route, but that it was called Google Babel not Babble. The service was ahead with a bunch of brand-new emoticons and Google+ inbuilt so you can hop from Babel chat to hangout. A dripped Google memo on 10 April offered a couple of more juicy specifics featuring talk of a new UI and synced chats in between mobile and desktop.
We’ve been fishing for information on Babel
On 10 May, we found that Babel would release as Google Hangouts, and on 15 May we saw it come to life for gadgets running Android 2.3 and up. So much for it debuting on Android 5.
Following an 18 April tear-down of the Google Glass application MyGlass by Android Police, it looked as though there may be an iOS Gamings Center-like service pertaining to Android 5.0.
Android Authorities discovered referrals in the code to functionality that doesn’t already existing in Glass, which recommended that designers inadvertently delivered the complete set of Google Play Services with the Android application package deal.
The files in the bundle included endorsements to real-time and turn-based multiplayer, in-game talk, achievements, leaderboards, invites and game lobbies.
As expected, we figured out more concerning Google Play Games at Google I/O, however it’s not an Android 5.0 attribute nevertheless as it has been made available currently.
Android 5.0 interface
While this is pure conjecture, we’re questioning whether Android 5.0 might bring with it a brighter interface, relocating far from the Holo Dark motif that came with Android 4.0.
Google Now brought with it a more clear look with cleaner font styles, and screenshots of Google Play 4.0 show Google’s app market handling similar style signs. Is this a hint at a more beautiful, airier try to find Key Lime Pie?
Google Play is brightening [image credit history: DroidLife]
On 6 August 2013, we discovered that Google had applied to license an instead cool piece of capability wherein an Android individual would certainly have the ability to release various applications by drawing various patterns on the lock display.
If this component makes it in to Android 5, we might be able to launch the camera app by drawing one design and Twitter by drawing one more.