What to expect from Android Key Lime Pie – The Next Major Android Update

Key Lime Pie -a Android 5.0 - Credit: cnet.co.uk
Key Lime Pie -a Android 5.0 – Credit: cnet.co.uk

Its been quite a while since word about Android’s next major version, Key Lime Pie, was floating around the internet and the mobile phone market. No one seems to know when it will be released or what to expect from this release. All we have so far are a handful of rumors and expectations. In this article we are going to write about what we can expect from Key Lime Pie, the Android 5.0.

The first news about this major version was regarding the name of the operating system, Key Lime Pie, which came about when a rumor surfaced on the internet, we had reported it a few months back. Since then a lot of speculations have surfaced on several technology blogs claiming they got their information from a ‘trustful insider’ from different major companies. Are all of them are true? Probably not. Google has always tried very hard to avoid any rumors breaking out before the release. We will discuss about all the rumors and leaks we have found so far about the Key Lime Pie, so lets begin.

What is Key Lime Pie?

If you still have no idea what we’re talking about, probably that’s because either my writing is not so good, or it’s because you’re stupid. Naah, just kidding, you all are very intelligent, after all, you know what site (considering you’re reading this on TNC) to read for legit news right? :D

So like almost everyone knows, Key Lime Pie is the next major version of the Android operating system which comes after the current version, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean was released as Android 4.1 last year. Since then Google rolled out a few small updates like android 4.2 and 4.3(which probably will be the last release under the name Jelly Bean) and kept the name same, ie. Jelly Bean. The next version will be 5.0 considering it is a major release.

What is the big deal about Key Lime Pie?

Now we need to go back to the old days of Android before we talk about what to expect from KLP.
So here is a quick look at the previous major releases of Android to account. When Eclair was released it was simply a better user experience. But when the next update came, known as Froyo, a lot of things changed. Better graphics, better keyboard layout, universal email inbox, better UI experience etc. Now when Ginger Bread was released, that too was able to provide a better experience compared to the previous version, NFC support introduction, SIP support, redesigned keyboard, download manager introduction and enhanced power management  to name a few. Now the next version, Honeycomb, was the first Android version to come with an out of the box support for tablets and is meant only for tablets. The next version was Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) which did an awesome job improving the UI, enabled graphics acceleration and a lot more additional features. The introduction of new features and improvements on existing features was a major goal for the successor to ICS, ie Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean offered a lot of additional features and awesome UI, the best UI so far.

So with this new major version, Google is going to surprise most of us with awesome additional features for sure. Here are some of the features we can expect:

  • Introduction of profiles.

Profiles are not a new thing and its has been around forever, even in old Nokia phones. You can make use of profiles in Android too by using several applications. But keeping it aside, having the profile support feature baked into the core of android will only bring better experience. There is no need for the phone to sync emails or sync your friends’ social status of messages from social networks. So by the introduction of this profile feature, you phone is going to save a lot of battery by preventing unnecessary tasks. The introduction of profiles might include performance profiles too, by which you can control the performance of your mobile.

  • Demo/Trials for all Games/Apps:

Well I don’t know if Google is going to implement this. What this is suggesting is that Google is going to force all the game/app developers to make them offer a free demo/trial version of their games. This is so people who are thinking about buying the application would be able to check the product out and decide whether to buy it or not before spending their hard earned money. Although I think this is an awesome idea, implementing it will be hard and I don’t think all the developers would be happy with it! Another reason to oppose this idea is Google’s current policy about the refund. You can only get a refund on any purchased game/app if you request the refund within 15 mins of purchasing it, not enough time to check it out fully I think!

  • Improved UI, Better Social Networks Integration, Lock screen customization:

Well these features are kind of obvious as Google has always improved the UI experience in all their version updates of Android.

  • Improved Multitasking ability and an updated Kernel:

Google is planning to develop Linux kernel 3.8 for the new version android which will increase the multitasking ability and lower memory consumption.

Other proposed/rumored features is a universal messaging client which will handle text messages as well as built in video chat feature & the introduction of Google Mobile Gaming Hub. So these are the features and additions we might see on Google’s Key Lime Pie.

Now when and on what devices we can expect Key Lime Pie, Android 5.0?
We have a lot of rumors for this section too. @evleaks had reported about the possibility of HTC One with bigger Screen a.k.a. HTC T6 to come with Android 5.0 a.k.a. Key Lime Pie. Another smart phone which is rumored to come with Key Lime Pie is the Motorola XPhone. But when to expect it is still a hard one to guess. May be we can expect a Q3-Q4 release. But like with all rumors, nothing is sure until its made official.

So I really hope you got a good idea on what, when and where to expect Android 5.0 or ‘Key Lime Pie’. If you have any tips or suggestions on making this article better, please let us know by commenting below!

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