Rumor Mill: Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II in line for Android Key Lime Pie
Samsung Electronics plans to update at least five smartphones to run the next version of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system, expected to roll out this spring.
Samsung allegedly will upgrade its Galaxy S III to Key Lime Pie.
According to internal Samsung documents obtained by SamMobile, the manufacturer will upgrade its Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Note 10.1 to Android 5.0, expected to arrive with the nickname Key Lime Pie in keeping with Google's preference for dessert-themed update monikers. An insider said Android 5.0 will be a large update, adding that Samsung will take some time to update its devices.
Samsung also plans to overhaul the Galaxy S II and original Note to the current Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but states updates for both devices will stop there. The company additionally targets Android 4.2.2 upgrades for products including the Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Express, Galaxy Premier and Galaxy Fame.
SamMobile stresses the update list is preliminary and could change in the months ahead. Samsung has not responded to requests for comment.
Leaked Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) documents obtained by Android Police indicate Google will introduce Android 5.0 during the second quarter, most likely during its annual I/O developer conference, scheduled to kick off May 15 in San Francisco. 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.
Samsung controls more than 42.5 percent of the worldwide Android market. This fall, the company will expand its portfolio to include devices running the Linux-based Tizen mobile operating system; Samsung recently folded its own Bada mobile OS into the Tizen platform.
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