Android - Key Lime Pie

Rumour or genuine bad news? Only time will tell right now but according to Gadgetronica, their inside sources have revealed that Google may be looking to delay Key Lime Pie by as much as 4 months. The reasoning behind this is simple, reduce the forking in the market and allow the OEM manufacturers to catch up.

Recently it was reported that Android 4.1 and 4.2 were gaining traction in the marketplace with 16.5% of the Android active users now on Jellybean. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as at the March figures commanded a respectable 28.6% of the marketshare. With the trend of active devices moving towards the newer versions of Android, are Google making the right decision if in fact they are delaying Android 5.0 to allow this trend to continue?

If they do delay Key Lime Pie, it raises some small questions as to the validity of the Nexus 5 rumours that have been floating around for a while now. Worth keeping eyes and ears out for further news to come prior to Google I/O.

Do you think it’s the right decision to delay Key Lime Pie, or is it going to cause more issues that it solves? Let us know in the comments below

Source: Gadgetronica.
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    herp
    herp
    7 years ago

    Has anyone thought that they might be delaying it just the clear bugs. The last few major android releases have been buggy as hell. You often feel like a beta tester with the major releases.

    also 3rd party manufacturers will only put their tweaks on stable bug free software. 4.2.2 only came out in Feb so give them a bit of time and it will be popping up more and more. They will never put 4.2.0 on a phone and really hope they dont start.

    lobie81
    lobie81
    7 years ago

    Yeah, at the end of the day, if the manufacturers didn’t spend so much time screwing around with the OS before they released it for their phones, the fragmentation issue would be nowhere near as bad. I say keep in track with the release schedule. Let the likes of Motorola and the nexus line set the pace for updates and if the consumers get sick of Samsung, HTC, Sony etc screwing around with updates, they can vote with their feet. It won’t take the other manufacturers long to change their tune if they start losing out….

    TT
    TT
    7 years ago

    If it delayed after Google IO, how come Google show off their new Nexus 7 and upgraded Nexus 4?

    Sean Royce
    Sean Royce
    7 years ago

    Samsung seems to be the only one taking stride with this. I mean they released the S IV on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. When was the last time a manufacturer ever released an Android phone on the latest OS?

    lobie81
    lobie81
    7 years ago

    Google just need to set an update release timing benchmark with Motorola and the nexus products, and if the other manufactures want to stuff around customising the os then that’s their call. They’ll lose customers if they take too long and people get annoyed enough…

    Andrew Palozzo
    7 years ago

    I don’t buy it’s to allow other manufacturers to catch up. It’s not the google way. Google is about getting releases out as soon as possible. Their main competition is from apple. They wouldn’t want to give them any ground unnecessarily and also by releasing klp as soon as possible they will also attract more nexus sales.

    Fred
    Fred
    7 years ago

    Well if they announce KLP next month, but don’t ship until July, then that’s two months ‘delay’ anyway. I’d guess that’s what we are likely to see.

    Can’t have apple catching up, can they?

    Scott
    7 years ago

    I think Google should just give the manufacturers the middle finger. At IO last year they said that all OEMs would have access to the source months before public release, and yet the OEMs still drag their feet while they add their “enhancements” to it. It’s been about 10months since 4.1 was released and yet HTC are releasing their new flagship with 4.1.2. This is not good enough. Not even close, and why should we as end users have to suffer for their inadequacies?

    Phil Tann
    Phil Tann
    Reply to  Scott
    7 years ago

    What option do the end users have? We need to accept that while Android is controlled by the OEMs we (as users) will never have a clean, or current experience.

    Google need to step up, lay down the law and say THIS is how it is.
    THIS is how WE will handle update, and THIS is the minimum hardware requirement for you to run Android on your phone if you release it this quarter.

    CMON GOOGLE!

    Elliot Kotis
    Elliot Kotis
    Reply to  Phil Tann
    7 years ago

    I think, they need to do what MS have done with WINDOWS 8 PC, they give there manufactures the software a few months before, so they can screw it over, which mentioned above Google do, and if OEM’s drag their feet, leave them behind, run with Nexus, THE FLAGSHIP ANDROID PHONE, and if they don’t like that tell them to go screw themselves and die in a hole.

    Sean Royce
    Sean Royce
    Reply to  Phil Tann
    7 years ago

    It’d definitely keep fragmentation down. I doubt we’ll see it happen anytime soon though.