Key Lime Pie To Follow Asus-Confirmed Android 5.0 Jelly Bean?

The next two dessert-themed updates for Google’s Android mobile operating system could be known as Jelly Bean and Key Lime Pie, according to reports.

Jelly Bean is set to be the moniker for version 5.0 of Android, while Key Lime Pay is expected to be the name of a future update, although not necessarily 6.0.

Sweet tooth

Google hasn’t yet confirmed that Jelly Bean is the official name for version 5.0, but Asus may have done that task for it in an interview with TechRadar where it expressed an interest in releasing a device for the platform.

“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,” said Asus vice-president Benton Lis.

There is still no firm release schedule for Jelly Bean, but a source has told The Verge that Key Lime Pie will be the next dessert to receive the honour of having an Android update named after it, possibly in 2013. Key Lime Pie is American dessert, made of  egg yolks,  sweetened condensed milk and the juice of key limes, which grow in the Florida Keys, all served in a pie crust, and sometimes topped with meringue.

The last such release was version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which made its debut on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google’s latest flagship smartphone. Ice Cream Sandwich features improved camera controls, multi-tasking, data counters, support for Near Field Communication (NFC), a redesigned interface, brand new contact system and a number of new security features.

However it is still only currently supported by a handful of devices, with many manufacturers preferring to release updates for their products rather than ship them with the software.

Ice Cream Sandwich aimed to unite the smartphone-oriented 2.3 Gingerbread and tablet-focussed 3.0 Honeycomb, which aimed to help Android tablets compete with the market leading iPad.

Update: In the absence of Android phones, TechWeekEurope has tried to track down Key Lime Pie in its dessert form, for a hands-on preview. Unfortunately, we have not yet located any in London; Waitrose apparently sold it a couple of years ago, but the John Lewis food hall in Oxford Street did not have it in stock today.

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Steve McCaskill

Steve McCaskill is editor of TechWeekEurope and ChannelBiz. He joined as a reporter in 2011 and covers all areas of IT, with a particular interest in telecommunications, mobile and networking, along with sports technology.

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