Asus Confirms Android 5.0 ''Jelly Bean'' Codename

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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Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • COLGeek
    Cool (jelly) beans!!!
  • jik
    Wouldn't want to eat that giant deformed jellybean in the middle.
  • jhansonxi
    It makes sense considering all the complaints about Android fragmentation (true or not).
  • dalethepcman
    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.
  • Dantte
    I'm calling it, next will be kit-kat!
  • santeana
    Answer to siri..... great. Apple will have more useless crap to sue over
  • dotaloc
    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.
  • alidan
    cant wait to see the new lawn ordainment
  • de5_Roy
    Jägermeister wasn't available i guess....
  • 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