A new report suggests that Google are preparing to launch the latest version of their Android mobile operating system this summer, in preparation for a full frontal attack from Microsoft’s Windows 8 desktop and mobile OS duo.
Android version 5.0, set to be codenamed Jelly Bean, will meet Microsoft’s charge head on, and will fix some of the failings of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which by Google’s own admission was a disappointment.
In an interesting aspect of the DigiTimes report, the site claim that Google are also urging tablet manufactures to adopt a dual-OS approach to their future kit, with vendors urged to create tablets that can run both Android 5.0 and Windows 8 without having to power down to switch between the two.
Jelly Bean is also said to represent Google’s next big push into the netbook market, with Google potentially giving up on their Chromebooks.
Some quite wild claims there, particularly considering the large majority of Android users have yet to even get their hands on Ice Cream Sandwich. With Jelly Bean landing without Adobe Flash support, it’s hard to imagine it being welcomed with open arms when it touches down.