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Android 5.0 to launch in October with support for low-end phones

Fifth iteration of Android to launch on its fifth anniversary
Thu Jun 13 2013, 16:55
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Google apparently plans to release the next iteration of its Android mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, in October, complete with support for low-end smartphones.

So said VR-Zone, which apparently heard from some anonymous sources that Google will unveil Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie "some time in late October".

While that doesn't come as too much of a surprise, the website has learnt that Android 5.0 will be optimized for all devices, including those with as little as 512MB of RAM. If true, this sees Google trying to handle ongoing Android fragmentation and taking a leaf out of Apple's book, with iOS 7 set to arrive on the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4.

Google has yet to confirm the report, but everything seems to add up. It happens that October will mark the fifth anniversary of Android, so launching version 5.0 in October would certainly seem to make sense.

According to the report, Google will first release an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in late August ahead of the bump to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which will have support for low-energy Bluetooth connectivity and Open GL 3D graphics.

VR-Zone also suggested that the launch will coincide with the unveiling of the Motorola X smartphone. This handset apparently will launch with "advanced sensors" that make the smartphone "aware of what's going on around it", along with LTE support and vanilla Android 5.0.

Google has yet to respond to our request for comment. µ


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