Android 5.0 Jelly Bean tipped for Q2 with Windows 8 dual-boot option

News Sean Fallon 12:30, Feb 16 2012

A new report suggests that Google could release Android 5.0 Jelly Bean as early as Q2 of 2012

Rumor has it that Google is pushing up the release of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean to 2Q of 2012.

According to DigiTimes, the move is in response to poor adoption rates of Android 4.0. Google wants to change all that with 5.0, and take another crack at the tablet market in the process.

To this end, the plan would be to push an Android 5.0 and Windows 8 hot swap dual OS to tablet manufacturers.

Android 5.0 will be further optimized for tablet PCs, while Google will also integrate its Chrome system functions to push dual-operating system designs. Brand vendors can either choose to adopt only Android 5.0 or add Android 5.0 to Windows 8 devices with the ability to switch between the two OSes without the need to shut down the computer.

As Slashgear points out, it's worth noting that Windows 8 hardware requirements block dual OS installation on ARM-based PCs by users. So if this were to actually happen, Microsoft would have to allow OEMs to do it before the hardware ships.

Of course, I woudl take this with a grain of salt. DigiTimes rumor mongering isn't always 100% accurate - though it does seem pretty clear that Android 4.0 adoption rates have been exceedingly slow. It's also possible that Android 5.0 as described here is a tablet-only build.



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