Google Android 5.0, rumored to be called Key Lime Pie, has been one of the most highly-anticipated software updates for Android devices in recent months. But, what do we know about the still-unconfirmed Android software update? Here's what you need to know about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, including rumored features and a potential release date. We'll continue to this post as more information leaks regarding Google Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, so be sure to stay tuned.
1. We May See Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as Soon as May
Google I/O, Google's annual developer conference, will be held in San Francisco from May 15th to the 17th. Last year, Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O 2012, and most analysts are expecting Google to follow the same timeline. Note: Google I/O 2013 is over a month earlier than it was last year (the event was in late June in 2012).
2. It May Come to a Number of Devices
According to SamMobile, a number of Samsung Galaxy devices will be getting upgrades to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Due to fragmentation, the time frame on when these devices will be able to get the updates is unclear, but SamMobile's insider claims Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Galaxy Note 8 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi, Galaxy Note 2, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 will all be getting Key Lime Pie.
3. Most Nexus Devices Will Be Able To Update To Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie
Depending on how old the device is, it is assumed that most Nexus devices will be able to upgrade to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. It makes sense since Nexus devices are the only Android products developed (in part) by Google.
4. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Will Likely Get Key Lime Pie and a Brand New Feature
Samsung Orb was supposed to be a brand new feature introduced last week during Samsung's Galaxy S4 unveiling in New York City last week. Obviously, it wasn't, and it seems that's because the feature wasn't finished by the time the event rolled around. But, according to recent reports from Android Authority, the Samsung Orb will be coming along with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
5. It May be a lot Faster
Google gets criticized heavily for some issues with the Android ecosystem, namely that updates take a long time to arrive to all Android devices (again, mostly because of fragmentation) and that the operating system has a few glitches. However, with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, Google has moved to a a different kernel, which means that the operating system will use less RAM and be faster and better with multitasking.
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6. It Could be a Combination of Jelly Bean and Chrome OS
With Andy Rubin, ex-head of Android development, leaving Google and Chrome OS director Sundar Pichai taking over his position, many are hypothesizing that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie may be a combo of Android OS and Chrome OS. Similar to what Apple has done with the iOS and OS X operating system, Apple could be moving toward a closer integration between the two operating systems.
7. Key Lime Pie May Include Something Called Google Babble
Geek.com reported that Google is preparing on unifying their chat services into one massive service called Google Babble. No timeline was given, but Geek.com guessed that the service could be introduced at Google I/O, which means it could be unveiled alongside Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
8. It MAY Help the Android Adoption Rate
The Android Jelly Bean operating systems' adoption rate has been poor considering Android is the most popular operating system in the world (probably because there are so many Android devices). The problem, again, is fragmentation. With so many different screen sizes to develop for, it takes awhile for Google and app developers to update the operating system and apps. But, depending on how good Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is, it could help improve upon the abysmal Jelly Bean adoption rate (though they've picked up in recent months).
9. It Could Have a Guest Mode
A "Guest Mode" is where your family members or friends can use your phone without accessing the settings or key features on your devices, like SMS messaging. IBTimes AU writes that this feature could be introduced to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, though it seems like a kind of random feature to include in Android 5.0.
10. Google Could Do Well By Copying Apple
Apple's mastered the integration between mobile devices and computers, which is the biggest issue with Android devices. Yes, there are features and services like Google Drive, but the overall similarities between iOS and OS X - not only aesthetically but in terms of features as well — makes the Apple OS ecosystem easier to use for consumers. Android needs to develop a stronger bond between Chrome OS and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie to move up to the same level as Apple.