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Will Android 5.0 aka Jelly Bean Be Released in Q2, Allowing Dual-OS Booting and Unicorn Feeding? The Latest Rumor Says So

This one is a doozy. According to famed rumor starter DigiTimes, we could see the launch of Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) by Q2 of this year. Oh, and this latest version of Android will also allow dual-booting of operating systems so that vendors can toss on Chrome or Windows 8 or some other OS that you can dream up. It will also be optimized for tablets, as if Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich were not. And lastly, Google’s downstream partners were not all that thrilled with the performance from ICS, so they are now skeptical about Jelly Bean.

Good lord, where do we even begin? Dual-booting capabilities with Chrome integration?  Someone find me a manufacturer that is willing to build a tablet that can dual-boot Windows 8 and Android. The idea that bits and pieces of Chrome OS could find their way into Android just seems like a no-brainer, but I highly doubt that Samsung is going to line up to create the ultimate dual-OS tablet. Maybe that’s just me though.

Second, how can partners of Google’s even know how Ice Cream Sandwich is going to play out? Talking about a lackluster performance for a version of Android that is on all of 5 or 6 devices? We aren’t even shipping phones with ICS yet, but reports claim that people aren’t happy with it? Come on now.

And third, we don’t even know that the next version of Android is going to be Jelly Bean or Android 5.0, and we highly doubt that Google is going to release it in Q2 after barely getting ICS out of the gate. By that time, companies like Motorola and HTC will just be getting their line of handsets updated to it, while releasing their first few that have it pre-loaded. Android 5.0 in Q2, pfft.

I will say this, we may see signs of it at Google I/O which just so happens to be in Q2.

All better? I am, just had to get that out.

Via:  DigiTimes

  • Total Telecom Consulting

    PS: ics was not ready for prime time

  • Total Telecom Consulting

    Verizon will say hell no to dual boot!

  • Anonymous

    I think that if they created a “boot to Chrome OS” feature or something like it, it would be a success. Imagine if all android tabs had optional keyboards like the transformer prime that would instantly make it into an ultra book with a mouse and keyboard. Eric Schmidt said Chrome OS was more for Keyboard use and Android was for touch, well with dual boot option and an integrated and removable keyboard, it would be one device to rule them all. 

  • what makes you think jellybean will be 5.0? i doubt it.

  • Key Lime Pie

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    Pumpkin Pie
    ….

  • Jim McClain

    doesnt seem like anyone is trying to fix the nexus problems,not heard a word, 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe I’m the only one that thinks this, but why would you want both Android and ChromeOS on the same device? They’re essentially the same thing, except one is web-based. One of my friends has a Droid Charge and a Chromebook, I asked her which one she liked better and her response was that her Droid was more useful than the chromebook since it didn’t have a lot of stuff available for it.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds pretty awesome to me! I love the dual-booting Idea, I would probably use it for Linux even though Android is already Linux and it’s currently possible to do so. I could see it being launched in Q2 since it extends all the way until December, which IS 10 months away. I don’t think Jelly Bean will be Android 5.0, but a 4.x version. I also see it being a minor update like Eclair to Froyo or froyo to GingerBread. 

  • C’mon Google, Apple’s iOS 5.0 only ‘just’ caught up to Android 1.5 Cupcake.  Give them a fighting chance.  At least wait for them to ‘change everything’ again with 6.0 when they copy features from 1.6 Donut.

  • AndroidAce

    Im starting to wonder if theres a behind the scene scheme manufacturers and google have in place.  Think about it.  Motorola, HTC and LG are slow with updating their existing phones, right?  Us as consumers become frustrated because were not getting the latest/greatest.  All of the sudden, one of the aformentioned OEMS releases a phone that has the newest version of Android.  So, do you wait for your Droid3, Incredible, SGSII or current phone to be updated with the latest release (i.e ICS), or do you shell out another 200-300$ for a phone that has the latest in greatest (i.e Jellybean)?  Im typically not the one to harp on consipiracy theories, but this my friends seems like a business tactic.  I am an owner of the GSN and I guarantee when JellyBean is released, the GSN will NOT be updated in a reasonable amount of time AND/OR might not function as expected (Nexus S anyone??) forcing users to buy the next Flagship phone for Google/Android.  Just my two cents. 

  • Agreed. This is a bunch of BS.

  • sjobs

    fragmentation…

  • Anonymous

    This truly bs. Most of us are still stuck with the 2.3.3 update, and probably will never get ICS. And Google is coming with jellybean. If google is even thinking on competing with Apple they got to make sure that all their android devices get some upgrade, because at this point we have to buy a new phone every 6 month, thats not fair, to us. 

  • Anonymous

    “Oh, and this latest version of Android will also allow dual-booting of
    operating systems so that vendors can toss on Chrome or Windows 8 or
    some other OS that you can dream up”
    – WOA devices will be unable to run any OS version other than the one they ship with and any associated official updates, so the above would have to be for Medfield devices only.

    Also, by all measures Chrome OS has been a commercial failure.

  • LMAO at anyone who took this seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I have a random question but decided to ask since we are all talking about ICS right now. I have a pure stock Galaxy Nexus right now and everytime I boot the phone up I get a message that says “Unfortunately the process android.process.media has stopped.” and there are two options, one choice is to click OK and the other is to report. I have reported every time but I have no idea if that is even accomplishing anything? Can anyone help me at least understand what this means and maybe even give me a solution. THANKS!!!

  • I think android shouldnt be released until the manufacturers are finished and READY with the update. To release an android version and not have it ready for the masses is ridiculous. Like it has been said, by the time people get the current version another version is already out.

  • Rob Becker

    My prediction: Google will announce the next version at Google IO, but we won’t see the source released until a little later. Then devices with it will ship for the Christmas season.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I definitely dont see them going to the next version of Android when ICS is only on 5 or 6 devices and hasnt started to ship on new devices yet. Not to mention that all the manufacturers havent had a chance to update their devices to ICS yet.

  • Stating El Obvious

    LOL, Android is such a joke.  So by the time everyone gets ICS, people will have Jelly Bean, and then you wait another year for an update.  So dumb.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not happy with ICS… NOT HAPPY BECAUSE I STILL DON’T HAVE IT, but definitely not because ICS is “bad”.

  • Anonymous

    Not happy with ICS? How ?? Go use an older version of android. ICS is a delight.

  • That slow of a news day huh

  • Didn’t Eric Schmidt say that Android would stay on a ~6 month release cycle. Not saying I believe this rumor but it is not that far fetched to say we might see the next iteration this summer.

  • Bionicman

    i think we need to see this for what it is, a rumor. a rumor thats far out there it seems. there is no way google would release another huge upgrade to its Android OS so early after ICS. and dual booting? sounds interesting but i’m not that interested right now. lets get ICS more solid before any huge changes. I honestly believe ICS is a game changer and will get better as it matures.

  • ddevito

    ICS was a necessary joining of 2.3 and 3.x, which I’m sure was a technical accomplishment but other than bug fixes and a more streamlined experience (which is obviously a good thing), it brought no new features. So in a way I can see why they’d push the next version soon.

    But on the other hand it will only make fragmentation worse.

  • DJyoSNOW

    (*record scratch) Not that I care but mots time line to issue pics for devices may be a epic flop? Lol

    • DJyoSNOW

      (*record scratch*) motos ics time line maybe an epic flop?

  • Kris Brandt

    Sounds like DigiTimes is trying to stir up a hornet’s nest with shoddy reporting and poor cognitive skills.  ICS was just released no more than 4 months ago.  Only one product has shipped with ICS already installed.  We probably won’t see Jelly Bean until Q4 at the earliest.  I mean, let’s look at the track history since the popularity of Android soared.

    Oct. 2009 – 2.0 Eclair.
    (3 months) Jan. 2010 – 2.1
    (4 months) May 2010 – 2.2 Froyo
    (7 months) Dec 2010 – 2.3 Gingerbread
    (2 months) Feb 2011 – 3.0 Honeycomb
    (8 months) Oct 2011 – 4.0 ICS

    Of course, there were numerous minor releases and patches in between, but if we looked at Android’s track, we would best be seeing a 4.1 or 4.2 in the summer called Jelly Bean.  Definitely not going to be 5.0.

  • Joshua Granville

    So this will come to the Bionic in what 3 years?

    • Bionicman

      lol probably never

  • I don’t like this idea as ICS is not fully available and Jelly Bean will be announced soon plus hw is changing too every three months
    Most new phones are running GB still …it is like what to get and wait after wait….

  • ddevito

    Android is quickly turning into one giant mess.

    • yes 100% agree

    • ReturnofMctypething

      Wow, thanks for the insight. Did you come up with that all by yourself?

      • ddevito

        Go suck yourself off.

        Google needs to slow down their OS release cycle to 1 per year. They’re killing OEMs and hurting themselves in the process. Most Android users don’t even have ICS yet.

        • ReturnofMctypething

          u mad bro?

        • I would not count on this rumor turning out to be true.  I think you can relax.

        • Anonymous

          Completely agreed. Probably none of us will get ICS, and they poping up with new OS. bunch of bs at this rate we have to buy a new phone ever 6 months. Fu… VZW and Google for not upgrading our phones, they Sale them and expect to pay a head and toe just to have the latest features, thats why apple will win at the end. They have unified OS and Phones

    • DroidzFX

      Did you take this rumor as factual?

      • ddevito

        I don’t care about the rumor, I believe there will be another version soon.

        • DroidzFX

          Yes a new version will be announced soon but wont be released until further down the road. The real problem is manufacturers do not have large enough development team to update handsets with new android versions. Simple answer: Quit adding sh■t to Android. Put some light enhancements if you like but let the hardware do the talking. Leave the software to Google. 

        • ReturnofMctypething

          u indifferent bro?

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree. They keep coming up with all these great software upgrades and features, and expect us the loyal people to buy a new phone every 6 months. Completely not fair, and at this rate, they will lose the war against apple. Because apple may have old iphones but they always upgrade them with the new features. 

      Some of us will never get ICS, unless Google unifies all the phones to get upgrade as soon as the software is release, Apple will aways win the war!

  • reyalP

    I have no problems with ICS and think its the best Android system to date. It keeps getting better and better with every revision. I more than welcome Jellybean if it continues this trend. The sooner the better!

  • Anonymous

    jelly bean is probably ICS 4.1 not 5.0 and will probably be shown at I/O and it won’t be a major change from ICS. kinda like the jump from froyo to gingerbread (2.2 to 2.3). anything outside of that is gossip.

  • auronblue

    Thank you for calling b.s. on that story. I was thinking the same things.

    PS: Love that “unicorn feeding” remark. Great stuff:)

  • Anonymous

    the sadsacks at bgr have already bashed jelly bean. raise your hand if you’re surprised by this… i’ll wait…. 

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t liked ICS yet, after about a two week learning curve (my clients come from all walks of life).  Almost everyone like it immediately.

    The manufacturers and cell phone companies are working towards making hardware a debacle.  Motorola announcing the RAZR the same day that ICS made it’s debut?  One of the most moronic moves I’ve ever seen.  Verizon delaying the release of the ICS, -with boxed units being displayed-!?!?

    I love my phone, and I can’t wait for more developers to start incorporating NFC.  It’s a technology that has completely changed the way I use my phone (and has at least partially fixed the battery life issues).

  • so…. ics is pretty much the coolest thing ever made. as long as jelly bean improves on that, im good. 

  • GOOGLE your are FUC***G up.     !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gamer 28

    I’m one of those people unhappy with the performance of ICS.  The Galaxy Nexus runs like crap compared to the RAZR.  Even after overclocking and using multiple roms, I couldn’t’ get used to the constant frame drops and slow downs. After almost 2 months of using the Galaxy Nexus, I decided to go back to the RAZR. I can’t stand ICS, it makes all my phones slower, including the Nexus S. The response time and feedback are atrociousness in ICS compared to Gingerbread. I was so dissapointed with the Galaxy Nexus, specialy because I renewed my contract for it. You couldn’t even run most live wallpapers. 
    Even Steve Wozniak like the RAZR better than Galaxy Nexus. Quite frankly, ICS runs like HoneyComb 2.0  It still feels half baked and in beta mode, no matter how many cool new features they add. It’s like the original release of Vista, with all the eye candy, but horrible performance. I really hope they get it right with Jelly Bean.

    • Wade Wilson

      Don’t blame the OS for that. I flashed ICS on my OG Droid and it immediately was faster and smoother. The Nexus has issues, however, the way I see it its not because of ICS. Not to mention since ICS is a new OS not all apps are optimized or even stable with it so it’s not a ICS issue. With all due respect, enjoy your bloat filled device sir.

      • Kris Brandt

        You flashed ICS on your OG Droid?  Is there enough memory to run other apps after that? (Not storage).

      • Gamer 28

        I have root, so I removed all the bloatware on the phone.  Now I have more free RAM than on the Galaxy Nexus, which is great because I keep a few apps open and in memory. Whats more I can run most apps since they work just fine with Gingerbread.

      • Anonymous

        When I saw that the OG Droid had an ICS port I wished I still had mine so I could try it just for the hell of it! I loved that thing but the complete lack of RAM was what killed  it.

    • John

      constant frame drops and slowdowns?  I experience none of that on my buttery smooth nexus.

      • Gamer 28

        I play a lot of games, and notice every frame drop.  I have a good eye for those things, you’re just lucky not to see it, because I really wanted to enjoy my Galaxy Nexus.  I would rather have consistent 30 fps than to have it push to 60fps and have it constantly dropping. Just as an example open the app drawer or try to choose a wallpaper, you will see how poorly it scrolls compared to Gingerbread or Froyo. I see that, but  through out the entire UI. Gingerbread may be stuttery but it’s snappy, unlike ICS which is both.

        • Gamer 28

          *unlike ICS which is stuttery and slow.

          • Remember the jump from 2.0 to 2.1 or 2.2. Performance was increased tons. ICS just came out and you bought a developers device, there’s going to be bugs with it. Im hopeful for the updates in the future to make ICS even better.

          • Gamer 28

            So am I.  I plan on getting the Galaxy S III, which will have ICS and hopefully it will be better by then. ICS 4.03 was a nice boosts, but just not enough. 

        • DroidzFX

          ” Gingerbread may be stuttery but it’s snappy, unlike ICS which is both.  ” WTF?
          You need to stop playing video games and get a CT scan because you have some brain damage. 

          • Skittleoid

            Haha WTF is right! You said that gingerbread is both “stuttery” and “snappy”, which first of all makes no sense because those are antonyms of each other completely contradicting each other. Then you go on to say “unlike ics which has both” when you clearly said gingerbread is both. OH my sir you must be on some major crack proven by your scrambled sentence and idea of the razr being better than the nexus. Thank-you 

        • miscreant

          How in the hell can something be “stuttery” and yet, “snappy?” 

          Are you retarded? I’ve played with nearly every device VZW has to offer…Gnex is hands down the best. That’s not fanboyism speaking, either. That’s unadulterated, unbiased truth. I have noticed NO frame drops, and I assure you, I play just as many games as you do. I can visually tell the difference between 30 and 33 FPS, so shut up. You’re being a troll for troll’s sake and not even making a halfway decent argument.

          • Gamer 28

            There are posts on Android Forums, and XDA that mention the exact same thing.  I’m not making it up, or the only one that sees it. Do a quick Google search and you’ll see that there are many others who feel the same way.

          • Beingallninjalike

            Weird, because you are in the overwhelming minority – think less than 5%. That minority is whiny little brats that want their phone to wipe their ass for them, too. 

            I like how you completely sidestep and ignore the “stuttery/snappy” conundrum you stated. *rolls eyes*

        • I haven’t seen any of these problems.  In fact, my Gnex runs games smoother than my ps3 half the time.  But, you know, that could be due to Sony sucking.
          ETA: And the only trouble I’ve had with my Nexus has been directly related to Apps I have been able to isolate and remove. Developers need to optimize better, that’s the main thing.

        • jnt

          On the HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile) we have leaked ICS builds (with Sense of course) from overseas that a lot of current ROMs are based off of.  I’m not saying you’re wrong, but these leaked builds run, hands down, smoother and faster than 2.3 with Sense – and they’re still relatively buggy all the way around. I do believe there are some memory management issues that ICS has yet to work out, based on these leaked builds as well.  So maybe some of that is what you’re seeing.  Just my .02

          • Anonymous

            This. I’m running the ICS Sense leaks on my Rezound and ICS is WAY better than GB. I don’t have any frame drops at all while playing games and Antutu Benchmark runs perfectly when it’s scaling up to 60 fps. 

    • Anonymous

      You are obviously a troll and need to STFU!  HC 2.0???  You have no clue what you are talking about.  Go back under your bridge.

      • Gamer 28

        How so? I was never disrespectful or anything of the sort. I was simply trying to express my opinion. 

        • miscreant

          You treat your OPINION as FACT. That’s the issue. That, in itself, is disrespectful. It says “my opinion is everything and yours is not allowed.”

          • Gamer 28

            That’s not entirely true..  I was expressing that I too noticed the slow performance of ICS.  I’m not the only one either, there are many posts online that will say the same thing.   

          • Anonymous

            There are also many posts expressing the opposite.  If you search from someone having issues with something, you will always find something.  The user experience of one person often varies drastically to another person despite them using the same device.  You can even find cases like this with the iPhone variants.

            Having said that, I tried the RAZR out side by side in the store before purchasing my Galaxy Nexus.  They were both pretty fast devices, but I noticed better overall performance on the Galaxy Nexus, esp. when browsing the web.  The display alone was significantly better.  The RAZR’s display looked horrible next to the Rezound and Nexus too.

            We all have different experiences, just know that what you experienced isn’t going to necessarily be the same thing someone else experiences.

          • Anonymous

             you are right about individual user experience.  i love the screen on the gnex.  but for my one-week of use, there were too many issues with drop signals and getting hot, i had to return it for the razr and live with an inferior resolution phone and older os, but the razor is more dependable and worked for me.  when the gnex worked, i felt it’s smooth, but the frustrations that i had to deal with getting no signal was just too much even after updating roms to improve the antenna, etc.

          • Anonymous

            You’re kidding right? Hold a Nexus and Rezound side by side. The nexus has better contrast, but that’s it. Brightness and accuracy are n contest, the resounding is better.

          • Anonymous

            Nice voice dictation ha?

          • Anonymous

            Reading comprehension fail.  I wasn’t comparing the Nexus display to the Rezounds.  I was comparing the RAZR’s display to both the Nexus and Rezound.

          • E A butler

            @676bf66bc1861058d14d48d6733f5d88:disqus 
            Gingerbread sucks…. ICS on my GSM Nexus runs like a charm.  I have only had minor issues with some app compatibility when the device was first released, but that has gotten better.  More stable than any other Android phone that I have owned over the past year and a half that I have been using Android.  I also have a Galaxy Note running Gingerbread and I never use it because I hate the clunkyness of that O/S, and TouchWIz….. Nexus with ICS for the win…PURE GOOGLE FTW!!!

          • jnt

            I didn’t read his post as that at all.  He placed himself in the category previously mentioned, and then explained why based on *his* experience.  

          • Anonymous

             i think taking someone else intention and started inferring to something else entirely is more disrespectful.  when someone starts giving their user experience, that’s is a fact.  i didn’t notice an over the top dissing of the gnex or ics.

    • Anonymous

      I feel bad for people who must be getting some kind of bad Nexus. My Nexus has been practically flawless since day 1. The ONLY things I’ve had happen was one random reboot while I wasn’t using my phone and my camera wasn’t detected once that a reboot fixed.

      I added a simple custom ROM on a stock kernel early to gain a few customizations that I wanted. I’ve downloaded and uninstalled plenty of apps and it has never slowed down. I’ve never overclocked and I regularly get 20 hours of battery life (and recently got 38 hours on a very light 2 days) while leaving LTE on all the time and never turning on WiFi

      This is a 180 from the 2 OG Droid’s that I had. My phone ALWAYS became slower after a while and I had to uninstall things or start a fresh ROM to get my performance back. No matter what, something was always lagging no matter how much I tried to optimize my performance.

    • Anonymous

       i did the same.  tried both phones, and finally ended up returning the gnex for razr.

  • Wade Wilson

    I for one am a bit confused as to how “Android 4.0 has fallen short of expectations”…ICS is far better than Gingerbread.

  • Bionic

    I dont believe it for a second.  5.0 is no where near needed at this point.  As pointed out earlier, ICS is only on less than 10 devices right now.  And who the hell is complaining?  I have not seen one thing wrong with ICS.  

    I call bullshitt on this rumor.  

  • Anonymous

    Only clicked cuz I really thought we were going to talk about unicorns….

    • Anonymous

      This discussion is now about jelly beans and unicorns

  • Benz145

    I agree that the dual-boot thing sounds ridiculous at first glance, but given that Google/Intel are working on an x86 version of Android, it doesn’t sound too far fetched.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, I needed a really good laugh this morning.

  • OWNED!

    • Sometimes these sites are so f#@%ing clueless.

  • It’ll probably be just like last year. Google will tease Android 5.0 at Google I/O, but in the mean time, they’ll release a major ICS update (probably 4.1) to their devices. Then around late Q4, they’ll release Android 5.0. It’s kind of obvious how they plan on going about Android updates now.

  • Gary Patrowicz

    i hate ics because it makes me feel like my honeycomb tablet is a paper weoght and i do almost everything on my nexus now

    • Shannon Kerr

      Well put.  I thought I was the only one.  I have the SGN and the SGT 10.1.  Before I had the SGN I had the OG Droid and used my tablet all the time and my OG Droid was the paper weight (that provided Bluetooth tethering for my SGT).

      I did just root my SGT for the first time and picked up that Bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo for $40 (or there abouts) from Motorola, and that has breathed some new life into it, but truly my SGN is so nice that I could live without my SGT.

  • Ciggy

    Doesn’t make any sense that Google would release 4.0, 4.0.3, 4.0.4 and then go to Jelly Bean 5.0.

    Especially within 4-6 months of release ICS, Could the jelly bean rumor be an update to ICS? And be something like 4.1 or 4.2? That would make some more sense since the framework of ICS is brand new and I haven’t heard one person say they are un happy with ICS. The Galaxy Nexus has its problems but they don’t have anything to do with the software. It’s the battery sucking antennas, and screen that people complain about.

    I’m at least happy I have a Nexus device that should see all updates fairly quickly. Not to mention our developer following is HUGE and we have features google hasn’t even thought of yet.

  • OMGZ TEH JELLYBEAN PRINTZ MUNNY N SUCKS MI D*** FUR ME!!!   LLLUUULLLZZZOMFG IT JUST DID MI TAXES!!!

  • viewthis74

    ICS is the best thing to happen to Android since the first build on the OG Droid. 

    • EC8CH

      ^THIS

      • Anonymous

        I miss green though. So much blue… its giving me the blues!

        • Marvin de Pano

          Love the blue theme tho, been waiting for it since Kangerade for the OG.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed, I love the blue and black color scheme.

    • John

      Agreed.. it’s fabulous. 

    • Anonymous

      ICS is very good.

      However, judging by the jellybean Andy graphic that Kellex used, it looks like Andy has eaten way too many ice cream sandwiches.  Either that or he’s been throwing back too many pints and is getting a beer gut.  Either way, he looks uncomfortable.

      • Maybe after jelly bean google should jump to “P” for pepto bismol.

        • Noyfb

          Sounds like the author over at digtimes is upset with ics, and or is trolling hard about it, i have found no other articles of people complaining about ics except they don’t have it yet

          • Loki

            who is saying that ”
            Android 4.0 did not perform as well as expected,”? WTF

  • Anonymous

    Even better dual boot……Android and iOS!  Though that might cause a space-time rift….

    • Shannon Kerr

      I think Steve Jobs would roll over in his grave if that happened.

    • In android, iOS is referred to as the app drawer. 😛

  • Bauce

    I saw this report on BGR (yes I know they love apple), but I started laughing immediately, nothing in that article made any sense what so ever

    • Anonymous

      I have disowned BGR.  They are so biased towards apple and last time I tried to go there they weren’t even allowing comments on any articles.  Half the reason I go to any tech site is to put in my 2 cents for the world to see and get feedback from intelligent people.  I usually learn more from the comments than I do from the articles.

  • I’m not sure what “people” they were talking to, but this person– and all the other tech-lovers in my office– think that ICS is FANTASTIC. It’s fast, it’s pretty, it’s efficient, and it’s cool. 

    I think the manufacturers are the ones that are mad because they’re having a hard time justifying putting their crappy “OS Enhancement” crap on top of it and having it run well.

    • Anonymous

      yeah everytime they think of a way to “enhance” it their like, well, that would just make it worse it already does “whatever thing” perfectly

  • Anonymous

    The only part of this rumor I even half way believe is that we’re going to see something from Jellybean by/at IO.  Other than that the rest sounds like BS.

    Especially the ICS performance thing. What do they even mean by the performance? Performance as in speed?  Or performance in sales…which means the Galaxy Nexus so no other OEM can get it out quickly on phones?

  • EC8CH

    redonkulous

  • Anonymous

    Dual booting is a cool idea and personally I love it because it allows me to run Linux and Windows concurrently but to main line consumerism dual booting is a foreign concept.  Normal users want simplicity not complexity, dual booting is complex to a normal user.  Users want complete integration not to switch between 2 OS’s to perform different tasks.  Google favor simplicity in most of their online products so I really can’t see them implementing something that would introduce a large amount of complexity to an environment that most users believe is already expansive to a normal user. As far as a new version of Android being out so soon, I am a fan of this.  Rapid development means they are always trying to improve the source code, features, and capabilities but the problem with that is OEM’s don’t have agile or rapid development shops so their ability to catch up to the Google curve is near impossible.  So here we are at am empass, Google slows down development or OEMs learn how to keep up.  Just my 2 cents.

  • BNitty

    great article! I’ve loved ICS on my Nexus. light years ahead of Gingerbread

    • Chris G

      It is even a major improvement on Honeycomb.

      I got my GN and my TFP within 3 weeks of each other and the TFP had 3.2.1 for a few more weeks after that.  It was frustrating having the smoothness and swipe away ability on one but trying to hit the exact x to close out things on hc. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m certain Google is smart enough to realize ICS is the first finished product they have brought to market and the last thing they need is another half baked experiment like Honeycomb to hit shelves before ICS even sees the adoption it needs in order to have the unifying effects it was intended to on the phone/tablet market. I’d take that article with a grain of salt.

  • Anonymous

    so when the report says people arent happy with ics, i believe that is true. people are unhappy……………….that they dont have it yet

  • I am interested in the unicorn feeding.  I am already feeding butter to pink unicorns, however.

    • EC8CH

      AOKP reference FTW!

      • Yes sir, although my unicorns have been mostly white and shades of gray lately.

        • Un-Black? I’ve yet to flash it, but I am intrigued by it.

        • Anonymous

          With that theme I’d think the boot animation would be the first to go. LOL

          • EC8CH

            JERK

          • Theme has a monochrome version of the stock boot ani.

  • Anonymous

    I had the same reaction. First of all, ICS was a HUGE performance upgrade to my Xoom wifi. I’ve been saying that ICS is to Honeycomb as Win7 is to Vista. And yes, nobody has launched a device with ICS except the Nexus, so I don’t know what manufacturers would be basing their displeasure on. I would love to see ChromeOS and Android merged though.

  • Word on the street is 4.0 was a failure – I beg the differ

    • John

      to differ*

  • MFG

    This is ridiculous. But I do like to imagine a re-vamped tablet UI. I like Honeycomb, but it just needs something more…