Four major names will stand out this year: two of them are operating systems, Android and Tizen, and the other two are handsets. Last year was a superb year for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This year it will be the turn of their successors.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & S4 / Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie & Tizen
Google makes it simple with OS names, their first OS was Android 1.0 and then they turned to using food names after this. We saw Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich and finally their best to date, Jelly Bean. The next one on the list is likely Key Lime Pie, which will be Android 5.0. This could be the OS on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, or will it? Product-Reviews reports that Samsung will be announcing new handsets that have the Tizen OS and we could possibly see the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Samsung Galaxy Note 3 use it.
Android 5.0 will be the follow on from Jelly Bean, which had been slow to reach some handsets. Key Lime Pie should be announced at the Google I/O conference, which starts on 15th May, so a release of the OS would happen soon after. Jelly Bean 4.1 was revealed at the IO in 2012, so Google should follow on.
Key Lime Pie could include things such as improved back up, a smoother experience when the user is playing games or browsing, a better voice assistant and improvements to Google Now.
Tizen on the other hand is a new OS that would run on different devices; these would include tablets and phones, along with smart TVs and in-car devices. The OS will of course will be open source, with the components being Linux. The OS will offer users an environment that is flexible for developers of apps, one that has a base on jQuery, SDK and jQuery Mobile, which allows developers to get the most from HTML5.
At the moment there has not been confirmation of when Key Lime Pie and Tizen will be released, nor do we know the features. The real question is will the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have Key Lime Pie or Tizen? Of course we could see both with Samsung releasing two versions of the devices with identical hardware given that it would be the best way to launch Tizen while still giving its loyal fans an option.