Google has revealed very little information about Android 5.0 on the current Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Rumors claim that Google will release a phone with the new operating system as soon as this summer.

But, according to comments from Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for mobile at Google, it looks as if it is more likely to occur sometime this autumn.

“After Android 4 comes 5, and we haven’t announced the timing yet, which we’re still sorting out,” Lockheimer said. “There’s a lot of engineering work behind it still, and there’s also just the question of how to time it.”

He says that Google is aiming to release a major upgrade every year with minor upgrades in between. He also indicates that Android 5.0 will be released this autumn, given the fact that Android 4.0 was released last November.

“Having said that, we’re flexible. The [timing of releases] is not what drives us, but what does is innovation and offering users a great experience,” he added.

Lockheimer would not disclose which dessert will be used as a codename for Android 5.0.  Earlier versions of the mobile operating system were called Cup Cake (1.5) , Donut (2.0), Eclair (2.1), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0) and  Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).

However, rumors have been indicating that the codename for Android 5.0 will be the Jelly Bean.

Google still enjoy a lot of success with Android 4.0, a version appreciated by both developers and users. On the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, exhibitors showing off products with Android 4.0 has attracted many visitors.


(via Computerworld)