It’s taken as read that this latest version of Android will be called Key Lime Pie, and will be number 4.2 or 5.0. Key Lime Pie will be with us in late 2012 / early 2013, so there’s still a bit of a wait, but this is what we’re hoping it’ll bring with it.
Google Nexus 4 with Android Key Lime Pie: Predicted Features
The Google Nexus 7 has been a real limelight grabber, and has got people using Google’s multimedia services – the book store, the music streaming and the movie store. Only trouble is, it’s not quite got off the ground globally as yet. This is a bit of an own goal for Google, as customers will just migrate to other providers, via the handy Play Store conduit. We reckon Google will try to attract people back with a tighter integration of these portals into Android.
JellyBean follows on the same blue Holo UI of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. We predict that next year, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will receive a revamp, albeit not as major as ICS was from Gingerbread.
Permanently block updates
Google’s Android has been known to continue “poking” you when one of the apps on your device has an update. There should be a way to permanently disable this for the apps of your choice, including native apps. Not everyone wants to update a certain app.
Pop-up play feature from Samsung Galaxy S3
Multitasking in smartphones is much more like a shift between apps – carrying on where you left off when you switch back. Sometimes, the app ceases to function if you’re not on it, and takes you back to where you left off. Samsung has managed to get this into Android with the Galaxy S3’s Pop-up Play feature. In this, you can keep a video playback running over other apps. Admittedly, it feels a bit clunky now, but at least it works.
More multimedia codec plug-in support
One annoyance about Android is its native video support – notoriously dodgy. It’s got better after ICS and JB, with devices now able to play more than just a basic MP4 or an H.264, but if you have a load of movies taken from the web, you’ll need a third-party media player and software decoding.
The Google Nexus 4, successor the current Samsung Galaxy Nexus is rumored to launch sometime at the end of this year. Given that Google has always released a new version of Android with their Nexus phone, we wouldn’t be surprised if Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie comes waltzing in on the Nexus 4.