Android Key Lime Pie leak points to spring release
Leaked documents indicate Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) will introduce the next major update of its Android mobile operating system this spring.
Earlier this week, Android Police published a series of internal Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) roadmap slides stating the Android 5.0 "K-release," or "Key Lime Pie," will surface in "spring 2013," most likely during Google's annual I/O developer conference, scheduled to kick off May 15. Soon after publishing the slides, Android Police removed the post, substituting a statement reading "The information previously posted at this URL contained Qualcomm confidential and copyrighted information that was posted without Qualcomm's authorization. It has been removed at Qualcomm's request. Please immediately destroy any copies that you may have made of this information."
Qualcomm supplies chipsets for a large number of Android devices, so it is likely that Google would keep the firm dialed in to its Android platform plans. Qualcomm's scramble to remove the leaked slides from the Web lends additional credibility to a Key Lime Pie springtime rollout.
Google unveiled the latest flavor of Android, Jelly Bean 4.2, in October. The revamped OS brings the new Photo Sphere camera, which enables users to capture 360-degree panoramic images they can share via the Google+ social platform or upload to Google Maps; Gesture Typing, a Swype-like text input tool enabling users to drag their finger across the screen from letter to letter; and Miracast, which brings wireless media sharing capabilities similar to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Airplay. Android 4.2 also delivers support for multiple tablet users, enabling each individual within a family or professional staff to customize his own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games.
Manufacturers shipped an estimated 152.1 million Android phones during the final three months of 2012, nearly doubling from 80.6 million units during the year-ago period, according to Strategy Analytics data issued earlier this week. Android now controls 70.1 percent of the global smartphone market.
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