There doesn’t seem to be much doubt going around at the moment that the next major Android release, following Ice Cream Sandwich last year, will be called Jelly Bean. Besides fitting in nicely with Google’s naming strategy, the choice also seems to have been tacitly recognized by Google when we saw the company put out a large bowl of jelly beans at its MWC presence. Still, it’s far from official, so we keep looking for something a little more concrete perhaps a Google employee mentioning Jelly Bean in a personal blog or when responding to a bug report. Today we hear from a third party, though one that should certainly be in the loop for upcoming Android developments, and see some support for both the name Jelly Bean and the idea that it will arrive as Android 5.0.
An ASUS exec recently spoke to Tech Radar regarding his company’s passion for being at the front of the pack with Android updates, saying, “Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.”
It’s entirely possible that the exec has just been hearing all the unofficial talk about Jelly Bean like we have, and only adopted the phrase in place of something more awkward, like “Google’s forthcoming Android revision”. That’s definitely a possibility, but we also can’t discount the chance that ASUS really has been talking to Google about its future releases and this statement reflects an official naming decision.
We’re hoping to see Jelly Bean, or however it ends up named, arrive by this fall, though there have been suggestions that it might land quite a bit earlier.