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Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" incoming with dual-boot function?

by Steven Williamson on 17 February 2012, 12:46

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Though many Android users are still patiently waiting for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, Google already has new plans to release its next operating system (OS) in Q2 2012, claims regular rumour starter, Digitimes.

The Taiwan-based news site claims that supply chain makers have informed it that Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) will be specifically for tablets and netbooks and not smartphones, which would make it an upgrade of the tablet-exclusive Honeycomb 3.0 OS.

The site claims that hardware manufacturers can take advantage of Android 5.0’s dual-booting functionality, which allows users to run both Android 5.0 and Windows 8 on their devices. Like Honeycomb 3.0, the new OS will be optimised for larger screens.

This could, of course, be a load of old nonsense, but Android Jelly Bean could be just what Google needs to rejuvenate its web-based Chrome OS and bring it together with Android.

Indeed, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said back in 2009 that Android and Chrome "will likely converge over time.” It looks like that time could be sooner than we thought.


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Wasn't the premise behind ICS to unify the handset and tablet software?
this_is_gav
Wasn't the premise behind ICS to unify the handset and tablet software?
Erm, yes it was, the whole point was that (according to what I read) to ensure that they didn't end up with having to support two very similar OS instances.
The site claims that hardware manufacturers can take advantage of Android 5.0’s dual-booting functionality, which allows users to run both Android 5.0 and Windows 8 on their devices. Like Honeycomb 3.0, the new OS will be optimised for larger screens.
Erm, isn't Microsoft busy trying to ensure that Windows 8 isn't dual-booted? And I wonder if the dual-booting capability is limited to Windows or if other OS's are doable - for me Android and Linux would be a good combo.
This could, of course, be a load of old nonsense, but Android Jelly Bean could be just what Google needs to rejuvenate its web-based Chrome OS and bring it together with Android.
ChromeOS=complete waste of time.

I'm wondering what Google are up to if this JB rumour is true - are they now in the mindset that odd number OS releases are going to beta new UI changes on tablets, before they're incorporated into the next release?
this_is_gav
Wasn't the premise behind ICS to unify the handset and tablet software?


Exactly.
Honeycomb was very much a rush job to try and compete with the iPad, which was the only reason it was tablet only (and closed source).
I don't really see a similar driver here, so I'd expect JB to be for both phones and tablets (and possibly netbooks). Although the implementation could be slightly different for each (as it is for ICS)
Jelly Bean? The icon for that is going to be rubbish. How are they going to make the android thingy look like a jelly bean?
And another thing: This whole thing about Android for phones and android for Pads being the same, do iPhones and iPads run the same iOS/AppStore? I only ask cos I don't keep up with Snapple stuff. I mean, you want apps for your pad to be optimised for that, and you want your smartphone apps to be optimised for that, ergo why not have 2 different platforms?
A Jelly Bean with a face and a massive smile..sounds nice!