Rumor: Google May Launch Android 5.0 Jelly Bean in Q2 2012

Google may launch the next version of Android – Android 5.0 Jelly Bean – in Q2 2012, according to the latest report by Digitimes’ sources in Taiwan.

According to the report, Android 5.0 will be further optimized for tablets and Google will also integrate features from Chrome in it. It will also provide some option to manufacturers to use only Android 5.0 as a standalone OS, or use it as a dual boot option along with Windows 8 devices.

Though Digitimes has a very bad track record when it comes to scoops, some of them have turned out to be true. Given Google’s Android release history, it wouldn’t surprise me if Google unveiled the next version of Android at its Google I/O 2012 event in Q2 2012.

Android 4.0 was launched only around the end of 2011, and is still present only on around 1% of all Android devices. Given that it was a major release, I wouldn’t expect Android 5.0 so soon.

The report suggests that Google will be optimizing Android 5.0 primarily to compete with Windows 8, which will see Microsoft’s entry in the tablet market.

Android is currently struggling to compete in the tablet market, which is dominated by Apple’s iPad. Apple will be launching the iPad 3 in March 2012.

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