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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean could launch on multiple Nexus devices

Four Nexus phones and a tablet incoming
Wed May 16 2012, 12:46

A REPORT IS CLAIMING that Google will launch its next version of the Android mobile operating system (OS), Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, on multiple Nexus branded devices, in a bid to tackle fragmentation.

In the past, Google has launched one Nexus device to test out the latest version of its Android OS before slowly rolling it out to other device makers.

However, a report at the Wall Street Journal suggests that Google might be changing its approach to Android launches, claiming that the search engine giant could be working with as many as five separate manufacturers to produce a whole range of Nexus phones and tablets. It's still unclear which firms Google is partnering with, but it's thought that Samsung, Asus and Motorola are likely candidates.

"Google will work with as many as five manufacturers at a time to create a portfolio of "Nexus" lead devices that include smartphones and tablets", said one of the WSJ's sources.

"The devices will run on Google's forthcoming version of Android called Jelly Bean, and it hopes to have the full portfolio of devices ready for sale by Thanksgiving", they added.

Android fans certainly can hope the rumours are true, as giving multiple hardware makers early access to the next Android release could make for much faster upgrades in the future.

Google said it was unable to comment on rumour or speculation. µ


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