We are yet to have enough of Android Ice Cream Sandwich though its next iteration — Android Jelly Bean already seems to be peeping over the horizon. That shouldn’t be too surprising considering Android 4.0 acceptance has been rather low while Microsoft too is slated to release its Windows 8 version toward the fag end of 2012.
So what does Google do? Early reports emanating from Taiwan point out Google’s strategy will be to design the Jelly Bean version to be more tablet centric which it hopes will lead to greater adoption in tablet devices. This apart, Google is also working on including some features of Chrome OS in Jelly Bean with the aim to allow the Android version to co-exist on devices running Windows 8. This will allow users to switch to either the Windows or Android version of the operating system without having to shut down any.
Android might be ready to launch Jelly Bean — also unofficially being referred to as Android 5.0 — towards the second quarter of this year. Also, the Jelly Bean is believed to be much bigger than Ice Cream Sandwich with more features and enhancements to ensure it can pose a real challenge to Apple’s iOS on the one hand and Windows 8 on the other. That Google Chrome has not be able to make much of an impact also means the onus is on Android 5.0 to prove its worth not only in the tablet segment but also in the notebook and fast emerging ultrabook segment as well.