Google has released the Android versions in alphabetical order – C (Cupcake), D (Donut), E (Eclair), F (Froyo), G (Gingerbread), H (Honeycomb) and I (Ice Cream Sandwich). The next version of the Android mobile and tablet OS will be named Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.
The current version, the Android Ice Cream Sandwich, has already brought in a huge amount of fresh functionality and features combining with the features of Android Honeycomb and Gingerbread. We expect that the next Android version will get only a few slight changes, however, they’re still going to be powerful to provide better user experience compared to its predecessors.
According to designer Bob Freking, who has designed a concept of the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean interface will look like states that the Jelly Bean interface will be much better than the current best Android 4.0 ICS. It said that the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean OS will support netbooks and also dual boot functionality.
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean Features
Let us now see some of the features that are mostly expected to be featured in the upcoming version – Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean – Integrated Google Chrome
No doubt, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich came out with great new features, which included the tabbed browsing feature and super-fast browsing speed were taken from the Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android Gingerbread. The Android team had exceptionally wok hard on making the user’s browsing experience a better one.
Despite all these features, Google Chrome has still not arrived on Android devices, and Android fans and users are expecting that in the next release of the Android version, that is the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, Google will include an integrated Google Chrome browser, giving users the same experience as the desktop version of Google Chrome gives.
Currently, Google offers users to download Chrome for Android, which is currently in beta and undergoing major changes. We expect that the same version with new and advanced features will be integrated into the next release of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean – File Manager App
Android users have always craved for a built-in file manager app. There have been speculations around the Web that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is expected to have an in-built File Manager, enabling users to easily organize their files and access them accordingly. Android mobile manufactures like Samsung and many others are already including a file manager as a part of their standard apps. Also, there have been a good number of downloads of file manager apps from the Android Marketplace.
Although Google will continue to support third-party file manager apps, but it is likely that they will introduce one in the OS release. With the expected release of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, we expect that the Google Android Team will integrate a built-in file manager app within the OS, so that it makes easier for users to browser their files.
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean – Timely Upgrades
It’s obviously annoying to wait for a long time until your mobile gets an update to a new version, and Android updates are usually known for such long updates with long waiting period. It takes over 3 to 6 months for OEM’s to release updates for their Android phones, but this is expected to change with the release of Jelly Bean.
It is said that Google would de-couple UI customizations from the Core OS so as to enable manufacturers to apply customizations to Stock AOSP Android in the minimum time with which there will be faster release of updates and upgrades to all users.
Benson Lin, Asus Corporate Vice President, said that – “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.”
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean – Keyboards
The Android 4.0 keyboard does not include long pressing to switch to alternate characters and numbers, which is certainly time consuming and simple enough to use. However, apps like Swype and Swiftkey have played a great role in Android keyboard experience by offering features like long-press and many others.
However, users are expecting that Google would update their standard keyboard with new features and design. The new high quality keyboard should make typing easier than ever with voice to text that is unmatched by any operating system.
Currently, the Android ICS has the built-in input technology, auto-corrects misspelled words, and underlines potentially wrong spellings, which is quite impressive for heavy messaging and e-mail users. We expect that Google will include more such features in the release of the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean Lite
Android OS works amazingly awesome on any dual-core phones and higher configuration smartphones. However, when it comes to lower end phones, the performance is very poor. Users around the Web have urged Google to release a lighter version of Android OS for midrange and lower end smartphones, as the performance of OS will significantly drop when used on lower end phones.
In order to overcome this problem, we hope that Google will release a lighter version of the OS – Android 5.0 Jell Bean Lite – for smartphones with limited CPU and storage capacity.
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean – Better Battery, Power Management, and Faster OS
Many users face issues with battery drain and complain a lot about it. Android 4.0 ICS has already come with great battery efficiency and better power management by improving the Hardware acceleration and Dalvik VM optimizations. We expect that the next version – Android 5.0 Jelly Bean would go a step further to improve the efficiency of the phone’s battery and power management by allowing users to take more control over how services behave.
Google also has to do a lot of improvising in order to prevent third-party apps from misbehaving and draining out the phone’s entire battery in no time. A stock OS without any third-party apps gives impressive battery life. Google needs to tackle misbehaving third-part party apps and come up with a feasible solution.
Also, it would be great if Google considers tweaking Android 5.0 Jelly Bean in such a way to make it perform faster and more efficiently. Compared to Windows phone 7 and iOS, Android is a bit sluggish and slower.
Availability of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean
The next version of the Google Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is expected to arrive in the second quarter of this year, however, we do not know the exact dates of the release. We will make sure to update this post whenever the information is available. So, what do you think of the new Android 5.0 Jelly Bean? What other features are you expecting from it?