Earlier this week, Motorola said that the delay in launching Android 4.0 mainly rests on Google's shoulders, as the company developed the platform based around one hardware set and is currently writing code that will make Ice Cream Sandwich edible on all hardware configurations. Motorola also released its upgrade schedule on Wednesday, clearly showing why devices have yet to receive the v4.0 upgrade.
Yet despite this, Taiwan-based supply chain makers claim that Google will launch Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" -- notice it doesn't even follow the frozen treat theme -- as early as 2Q12 because the adoption of Ice Cream Sandwich has fallen short of original expectations. They also claim Google will launch Jelly Bean in this specific timeframe so that it will be ready for Windows 8 this fall.
According to the sources, Android 5.0 will be further optimized for tablets while also integrating Chrome system functions. This means Google plans to push for dual-operating system designs on Windows 8 devices. Vendors can either choose to use Android 5.0 solely on the device, or pack it with Windows 8 and provide the means to switch between the two operating systems without the need to reboot.
Notice the word "device." There's indication by the unnamed supply chain makers that Google intends to use Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" to enter the notebook and netbook markets again. But given that Android 4.0 did not perform as well as expected even though it's really not completely available on the market, several Google downstream partners are turning conservative about the rumored Android 5.0.
What's likely the case is that Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" is actually a new version of ChromeOS, not Android. It may be a long time before we see the next version of Android released given Google's developmental track record with the mobile OS.