By Stephen Schenck | November 19, 2012 2:40 PM
Google pushed Android version numbers up to 1.6 before making the leap to Android 2.0 Eclair. Over the course of the following year, it worked its way through Android 2.3 before it was time to take the leap past Honeycomb to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In the time since ICS launched, we’ve seen Android 4.1 and 4.2 come out, but just how much longer will Google continue down this road before taking the next big step to Android 5.0? We’re already seeing signs that such a move could be in the works, upon evidence of an Android 5.0 device showing up in some benchmark results.
An entry over at NenaMark shows the Sony LT30i (cousin to the LT30p Xperia T) going through the benchmark’s paces while running Android 5.0.0.
So, what could that mean? Well, this might be little more than a simple hoax. Surely, we’re all looking forward to the day when Android 5.0 might arrive, and by modifying a phone to report that it’s running such software, a prankster could easily deceive us with just what we’re looking for.
On the other hand, we had heard rumors that Sony might be working with Google on a future Nexus device, so maybe that collaboration could lead to the Android 5.0 flagship model. Surely, we wouldn’t expect that to be the LT30i, but Sony could simply be testing the software on some of its hardware with which it’s already familiar. For now, we really can’t say either way, but you had better believe we’ll be keeping an eye open for more Android 5.0 evidence as it emerges.