We may have only just received the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 update in November last year, but many of us are starting to turn our attention towards the next operating system from Google. Codenamed Key Lime Pie, the upcoming version of Android should be with us for Q2 2013.
This will put it in the same release window as the Motorola X, which has led many people to speculate that this will be the first device to come with Android 5.0 as standard. But don't worry, we expect that many of your current devices, including the Nexus 4, as well as the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets, will likely get an Android 5.0 update after the Google I/O conference.
But what are we expecting to see from Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie? And what do we want to see from the upcoming OS? Let's have a look at the latest news and information...
Key Lime Pie: What can we expect?
Google may be keeping their cards close to their chest on this one, but there have been some strong rumours regarding Android 5.0. Going on what the developer has revealed, we can begin to piece together what Key Lime Pie may look like:
1. The Introduction of Profiles
There has been much talk about profiles appearing in the latest version of Android.
It makes complete sense, as when you are asleep your phone obviously doesn't need to be syncing emails or retrieving data from Twitter, so a low usage "sleep" profile would prevent your phone from performing any unnecessary tasks and preserve battery. There are currently third party apps that serve this purpose, but having these profiles native to Android 5.0 would be a nice bonus feature.
2. The Ability to Demo Apps and Games for Free
Another rumour is that Android 5.0 will give you the ability to try apps and games on the Google Play market before you actually make a purchase. This neatly ties in with the upcoming release of the Ouya console, which uses Android and will be apparently forcing all developers to offer a free demo version of their game.
While the current versions of Android allow for a full refund 15 minutes after you buy it, being able to demo an app before purchase is a far more elegant and easier alternative to test a piece of software.
3. Quicker Interface that is better at Multitasking
It also seems that Google is working directly with the Linux 3.8 Kernel to help improve Key Lime Pie's overall performance. It is hoped that the 3.8 Kernel will enable a lower RAM usage, which means that Android 5.0 operating system will be quicker to use and better at multitasking.
4. A Native Video Chat App
Most smartphones and tablets have a front-facing camera these days, so we expect Android 5.0 to start to utilise it more with a native video chat app, in a similar fashion to Skype.
5. Enhanced Social Network Support
Android's social network support is somewhat limited to basic functionality. Most of the popular social widgets are designed by the hardware makers, and are embedded into their products through custom skins. For example, Sony integrates Facebook very well into all their devices, while LG has a great social aggregator.
But many of these options are not available in the stock Android OS and we expect that this may change with Key Lime Pie.
Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is scheduled for a Q2 2013 release.
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