Jelly Bean has been tossed around for a while as the name of the next version of Android, 5.0. Just last week at MWC, Google was playing coy with the press, as in their private event space they purposely had a big bowl of “Jelly Beans” sitting on a table. If that wasn’t enough, ASUS, make of the EeePad Transformer, Transformer Prime and soon, the 300 Pad and MeMo (all Android devices) said that they’ll be among the first companies to get and deliver, Jelly Bean. Curiously, ASUS didn’t refer to the next update as Android 5.0, but actually dropped the name, Jelly Bean.
We may have a name, but as of right now we still don’t have a date. But, with Google I/O coming up in June, we should expect to hear something.
The question now is, is it too soon? A minuscule amount of devices are actually running Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus, XOOM, Transformer Prime and the Original Transformer are few. Will introducing a new update, before even half of the current crop are updated, cause more fragmentation?
If Google doesn’t slow down its updates or require OEM’s to update faster, fragmentation will become a bigger problem for developers, and ultimately…customers.