Google plans ahead for Android releases
The newest available version of the Android™ mobile operating system, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), is currently only available on 1 percent of mobile devices, and yet Google has already devised catchy monikers for the fifth and sixth installments of its popular platform.
It was already known that the successor to ICS will be called Jelly Bean, sticking with Google's tradition of naming Android versions in alphabetical order. Tech news provider the Verge reports that the sixth edition of the OS has been confirmed as Key Lime Pie.
"We don't have any guidance on when we might see Key Lime Pie officially unveiled or what the version number may be -- we haven't even seen Jelly Bean yet, after all -- but it's reasonable to think that it could be a 2013 deliverable," the Verge reports.
It's also unknown what will be the focus of Key Lime Pie, whether it will be optimized for either tablet computers or smartphones. There are already rumors circulating that Jelly Bean could add traditional desktop and laptop PCs to Android's lineup.
According to PCWorld, Google could integrate Jelly Bean with its fledgling Chrome OS platform to introduce Android to more traditional computing devices.