Google’s next iteration of Android is rumoured to be known as Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, which may launch as soon as the second quarter of this year. I have read in the past that some features and optimisations were planned to be part of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but were later left out presumably due to time constraints.
DigiTimes has heard some information from Taiwan based supply chain personnel that “Android 5.0 will be further optimized for tablet PCs” and bring a live dual-boot feature by integrating some of Chrome OS’ source code into Android. This dual-boot feature will enable manufactures to allow for dual-booting tablets and laptops with Android 5.0 and Windows 8. Best of all, users will be able to switch without having to shut down the system.
Google is also planning to reach out to laptop vendors with a higher degree of seriousness with Android 5.0. How they will do this is unclear at this stage, but it may be the downfall of Chrome OS. Although I still think Google still needs to push major updates to their office related applications to be a serious laptop player.
Kitguru says: If Android 4.0 was the combination of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 3.2 Honeycomb; Android 5.0 could well be the combination of Android 4.0 and Chrome OS.