I’ve been reading quite a lot lately about how people are afraid that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is already being replaced by Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean). It seems every time I read about this subject, the date of this supposed replacement moves up. First it was the end of this year, then summer, and now I’m reading that it will be as soon as March.
The first thing that I want to point out is that Jelly Bean will not be replacing Ice Cream Sandwich. I don’t want to call Jelly Bean “Android 5.0” simply because that hasn’t been determined yet. It could very well be Android 4.1 or something similar. Jelly Bean is to be the tablet optimized version of Android, where Ice Cream Sandwich is a phone optimized version of Android. This is no different than the current model of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. While I had hoped that Google would have been farther along in their tablet/phone consolidation, this is not a major change to Google’s playbook.
The second thing that I want to point out is, no one knows when this will be released. I’m doubting that even Google knows at this point, and to make the claim that it could be as early as March is irresponsible. I won’t even tell you that it won’t be March because I just flat out don’t know. Let’s cease the guessing game here folks.
Oh, and if you’re a music fan, I got my title from a song by a band I’ve really loved over the years called The Clintons. Instead of all this guessing and worrying about Jelly Bean, you should go check out their music. It’s definitely a better use of your time.