Newer Versions of Android?
There have been rumors regarding a new Android version called Jelly Bean that is scheduled to be released some time in 2012. It has yet to be confirmed if Jelly Bean will indeed be Android 5.0, or possibly an updated version of Ice Cream Sandwich ala Version 4.1/4.2. There has also been talk of the version after Jelly Bean, which might be called Key Lime Pie. Google's habbit of rolling out new versions while their recently hyped Ice Cream Sandwich has not yet seen widespread adaption is very distressing to consumers, wholesalers/retailers, and manufacturers. With Apple's solid foothold on mobile operating systems with their iOS, as well as big brother Microsoft's ground breaking Windows 8, the question begs to be asked, can Android get their act together?
It seems Google's greatest problems are with all the conflicting versions of Android, the inability to update to newer versions on many Android devices, and poor App o/s version support. Apps can make or break a mobile o/s and with the many different popular Android versions as well as fast paced release of newer versions, Google has made it a tedious chore for Android app companies to support all these Android versions. Interestingly, there has been a report regarding Android version adoption projecting 2012 as being the year of Gingerbread 2.3, with 3.0 Honeycomb and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pathetically fragmented only to users that purchase the very newest gadgets. Even the big manufacturers such as Motorola and Samsung are taking months for the ICS update on devices just released Q3/Q4 of 2011. Traditionally the OEM and Made in China Shanzai offerings are a lot more affordable to the masses, but currently the overwhelming majority are still running 2.2/2.3. Coupled with Google's seemingly slow/poor support for manufacturers, this leaves Microsoft's Windows 8 with a very good opportunity to swoop in and take over the number 2 spot to Apple's numero uno iPad. When Windows 8 releases, predictably the Shanzai industry will pounce on this new o/s and quickly offer tablets that will easily begin swallowing up Android's fragmented desserts. Time will tell how bad of a beating the Android machine will take as its current situation is one big mess.