When Google and HTC launched the HTC Dream on September 23rd, 2008 they also released Android OS 1.0. This was a basic operating system and was built on the foundation of being “open”. Since this date Google’s mobile OS has exploded. The most recent numbers that Google announced were from last week – they are now seeing 850,000 Android activations on a daily basis, the Android Market has over 450,000 apps and 1 billion app downloads are happening every month. Larry Page, Google’s CEO, said “Android is quite simply mind boggling”.
Over the years we’ve seen Google release various flavours of the Android OS, all named in alphabetical order and referencing some tasty treat: Cupcake (v1.5), Donut (v2.0), Eclair (v2.1), Froyo (Frozen Yogourt) (v2.2), Gingerbread (v2.3), Honeycomb (v3.0), and most recently Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0). The next major Android upgrade will most likely be sometime later this year and rumoured to be OS 5.0 Jelly Bean. Google hasn’t commented, but ASUS somewhat confirmed this name to be true.
What could be next for Google’s OS? How about Key Lime Pie. The Verge has been tipped that following the Android OS 5.0 Jelly Bean upgrade Google will bring OS Key Lime Pie to the masses. No word on what version of OS it’ll be, nor features or a release date. Just that Key Lime Pie (KLP) is possibly the next OS name.
Most Android users, 58.1% of them, are still on OS 2.3 Gingerbread. At last count only 1% have 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed. In the meantime we patiently wait for Google to announce the Jelly Bean OS, then for the ceremonial statue to arrive on their front lawn.
Source: The Verge