A theory about Google’s plans for the next major revision of Android was floated last month, claiming that even in spite of a current deficiency in Ice Cream Sandwich deployment, Google would be pushing forward with Android 5.0 with a launch sometime in Q2 of this year. That theory was put forth by Taiwan’s Digitimes, which is back today with some new claims, now saying that Google might be looking at a Q3 launch, instead.
The attribution behind this rumor is a little loose, with Digitimes citing “recent market speculation” supporting the theory. We’d like to believe that some of those players have insider knowledge of what Google may be up to, but the fact is this could easily be a pure product of guesswork.
We’re also left with less than full confidence in this idea after looking at some of the supporting data; the claim that current ICS adoption rates are in the 2-3% range is quite a bit on the high side, at least according to publicly-available figures.
None of this is to say that a Q3 release is necessarily unlikely – frankly, it sounds far more plausible than a rushed Q2 job but we’ll keep waiting for some evidence to arrive or a Google exec to make a statement before we’re sold on the notion.