Android Key Lime Pie coming next year
After Jelly Bean, Google is reportedly going to name next version of Android as Key Lime Pie (KLP). According to The Verge, a US-based website covering technology, KLP will debut some time in 2013.
The current version of Android is called Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). And the next version is going to be called Jelly Bean. Google has a habit of naming different versions of Android after desserts and it looks like the company has no plans to deviate from the practice. Also, the company diligently follows the order of English alphabets.
This naming practice was adopted with Android 1.5, which was dubbed Cupcake. It was followed by Donut. Then came Eclair, which was followed by Froyo. Android 2.3 was termed Gingerbread. Android 3 was named Honeycomb and Android 4 was called ICS. While there is no official report on Jelly Bean, the OS is expected be announced in the second half of this year.
Meanwhile, despite having 'sweet' names, Android updates have often proved bittersweet for consumers. Once Google rolls out an updated version of Android, its hardware partners like Samsung and HTC customize the OS and test it on their phones.
The process means that consumers often have to wait for months to get latest version of Android on their phones. Ice Cream Sandwich, which was released in November last year, is prime example. Even after four months, hardly 1% Android phones are running it. Also, because it is up to the cellphone makers to decide the models that can get the next version of Android, not all handsets receive updates.