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Asus Confirms Android 5.0 ''Jelly Bean'' Codename

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Asus reckons it will be among the first to get a bagful of Google-branded jelly beans.

The tech industry has been talking about the next version of Android, Android 5.0, since before Android 4.0 was launched in October of last year. One of the aspects of Android 5.0 that people have been speculating about is the name. Android follows a very specific naming scheme: Google names the versions in alphabetical order with a dessert theme. Starting with Android 1.5, the names for previous iterations of Android are: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich. 

We first got wind of the Jelly Bean moniker back in September. Chris Ziegler from The Verge cited a source that said 'Jelly Bean' is next on the Android menu over at Google. This past weekend, the Jelly Bean codename was confirmed by Asus. TechRadar reports that during Mobile World Congress, Asus said that it hopes to among the first to get Android 5.0 and name-dropped 'Jelly Bean.'

"Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update," Asus corporate VP told Benson Lin.

So now we know that it's called Jelly Bean, what we don't know is if the additional information from The Verge's source is true. Last September Chris Ziegler reported the name Jelly Bean and cited a trusted source in reporting that several of the "game-changing features" planned for ICS had been delayed until Jelly Bean.

The latest rumors say that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean will launch later this year. According to some reports, this version of Android will feature Google's answer to Apple's Siri voice-activated assistant.

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    COLGeek , March 6, 2012 12:41 AM
    Cool (jelly) beans!!!
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    jik , March 6, 2012 12:46 AM
    Wouldn't want to eat that giant deformed jellybean in the middle.
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    jhansonxi , March 6, 2012 1:10 AM
    It makes sense considering all the complaints about Android fragmentation (true or not).
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    dalethepcman , March 6, 2012 1:10 AM
    I hope Google bought rights from Gene Roddenberry, so people can just say "computer, what is the current distance to the sun" and have the star trek computer voice respond.
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    Dantte , March 6, 2012 1:30 AM
    I'm calling it, next will be kit-kat!
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    santeana , March 6, 2012 1:44 AM
    Answer to siri..... great. Apple will have more useless crap to sue over
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    dotaloc , March 6, 2012 1:54 AM
    santeanaAnswer to siri..... great. Apple will have more useless crap to sue over


    I think Google will try to expand the functionality of their voice search (read: allow more varied instructions/requests, with less required structure) without fully implementing an 'office assistant,' like Siri. The consensus seems to be that people still want their phones to be private and that conversing with it is a fun idea that wears off quickly, based on what I've read.
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    alidan , March 6, 2012 2:11 AM
    cant wait to see the new lawn ordainment
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    de5_Roy , March 6, 2012 3:09 AM
    Jägermeister wasn't available i guess....
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    Anonymous , March 6, 2012 3:33 AM
    we all notice that the desserts started at C because the other two names - apple and blackberry were already used ;)  another reason why android is better
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    Martin9630 , March 6, 2012 3:49 AM
    they are screwed for a name when they get to 'X'. :p 
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    zachusaman , March 6, 2012 4:31 AM
    Martin9630they are screwed for a name when they get to 'X'.

    Google will release its own sweet
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    TheKurrgan , March 6, 2012 4:50 AM
    This is largely irrelevant. 90% of android owners wont get "Jelly Bean" until Q2 2013, Q4 2013 or Q1 2014 if you own a motorola.
    In fact, HTC probably and Samsung probably have more ICS love than any one else, and its all from hobbyist developers over @ XDA as neither has released ICS for any of their phones as of yet.
    This is the part that makes me sick too.. HOW HARD CAN IT BE? These guys are working on it for fun, and they pull off a decent product that is completely reversed engineered and using the binary drivers in alot of cases that have been leaked some where.. If they can make a functioning ROM, why cant the manufacturers?
    And this whole damned locked bootloader and what not on moto devices and others is just sickening. Not to mention the fact I am really surprised no one has ever released a device outside of the nexus lines that allows for an AOSP rom. They dont have to support it, just dump the files needed to add to the AOSP build (most of the nexus drivers are pre-compiled binaries any way) and allow people to build an AOSP ROM if they want to. It'd sure as hell beat waiting for the manufacturers to get their act together and then begging the carriers to release the software they worked on.
    Bah.....
    Frustrated Atrix 2 owner here.. Switching to SGS2 soon...
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    eric_son , March 6, 2012 7:11 AM
    Martin9630they are screwed for a name when they get to 'X'.

    How about Xanthan Gum?
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    jgutz2006 , March 6, 2012 3:32 PM
    DantteI'm calling it, next will be kit-kat!


    Ummm Key Lime Pie?
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    jgutz2006 , March 6, 2012 3:33 PM
    So the little android robot already looks similar to a "Jelly Bean" but one thing is, what color will they choose for it? Or will the logo include a little package of 5 or so Android Jelly Beans
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    borden5 , March 6, 2012 3:45 PM
    peanut butter jelly time
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    WyomingKnott , March 6, 2012 4:56 PM
    jgutz2006So the little android robot already looks similar to a "Jelly Bean" but one thing is, what color will they choose for it? Or will the logo include a little package of 5 or so Android Jelly Beans

    Real jelly beans are red! All the others are just filler. Android 5 devices will be red!
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    iLLz , March 6, 2012 6:34 PM
    Just give me ICS already!
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    Tab54o , March 6, 2012 6:56 PM
    Too many fat people in America they need to name them after healthy things or maybe prime cuts of meat :D 
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