Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O last June, following the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich with the Galaxy Nexus the previous fall. By that timetable, we should be expecting the next major Android revision to arrive in the near future, long-rumored to be Key Lime Pie. As we wait to get confirmation on just what to expect from this release, a new leak makes that name sound a whole lot more official, as well as gives us a window for when to expect it to arrive.
Some leaked Qualcomm roadmaps detail both the company’s own plans for releasing chips that will run the new OS, as well as providing a history of Android revisions over the years. In multiple places, the leak references both a “K-release” of Android, as well as spells out “Key Lime Pie” by name.
Qualcomm gives a few different timetables for when to look for Key Lime Pie to land, mentioning a spring release a couple times (or just generally between March and June), and shows plans for its chips in Key Lime Pie devices starting in Q3 of this year.
We won’t show you these leaked roadmaps themselves, as Qualcomm’s been demanding the removal of this copyrighted material from sites hosting it, but that only seems to give credence to the notion that these are official company documents. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Qualcomm has insider Google information (and it does remark that these release dates could change, dependent on Google), but it’s definitely one of the more compelling arguments for Key Lime Pie we’ve seen.