Asus wants to be one of the first to offer Android 5.0 device

Android 4.0 is only a few months old with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in December. Most smartphones and tablets that run Android have yet to get their Android 4.0 update, and many will never get that software upgrade. Yet one company is already looking forward to launching a product that will run Android 5.0.

That company happens to be Asus and in a new TechRadar.com article its corporate vice president Benson Lin stated, "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."

Yes, Jelly Bean is indeed the code name for Android 5.0. It was first rumored back in September but it looks like Asus has now confirmed that fact. Other than that there's little information about what to expect from Android 5.0/Jelly Bean.

Asus does happen to be an early adopter for Android 4.0 product to the masses, thanks to a recent software update for its Transformer Prime tablet. It's more than possible that Asus could create an Android 5.0 tablet or at least update an older one to Jelly Bean. Android 5.0 is rumored to officially launch sometime in late 2012.

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Meh, Not impressed by Asus, I was going to get a Transformer Prime, unfortunately they screwed up, looking over on XDA they are a lot of unhappy people and it does have its fair share of problems, enough for me not to fork out a lot of money. So I'll hold back till there are more Tegra 3 or other quad core on the market.

I usually dislike Undergrounds quips, but they were pretty darn funny and spot on today...

I think with Android you have to consider what OS version it ships with because you WONT get any updates from your carrier. Thanks T-Mobile for not upgrading my OG Tab to 2.3, (I had to do it myself, with directions off XDA) and its not even that old, I use my devices for years, I want upgrades!

Google are ruining their own operating system.

It's like Chrome, so many release versions when they could have just released a load of them in small updates like Microsoft do. Why is it such a race for Google to release software as new versions when really it is slightly edited from the version before.
Yes, some Android updates have been huge, but they should look at putting it all in to one large update, rather than loads.

Take Chrome. A stable version, then three or four others - why? Why not just have the development version and a stable version. You don't see other companies releasing browsers or operating systems three versions ahead now do you

Hardware creators are struggling to keep up.

This is all well and good but remember the article not long back about Android fragmentation? We have way too many versions of Android as it is now. Google needs to step up and do SOMETHING, I don't know what but don't you think that some kind of control should be in place to at least kill off some of the older versions so some kind of standard exists?

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rdburke said,
This is all well and good but remember the article not long back about Android fragmentation? We have way too many versions of Android as it is now. Google needs to step up and do SOMETHING, I don't know what but don't you think that some kind of control should be in place to at least kill off some of the older versions so some kind of standard exists?

any-comp.com

Google doesn't listen too anyone but google and the almighty dollar
they couldn't give a rats ass about fragmentation

korupt_one said,

Google doesn't listen too anyone but google and the almighty dollar
they couldn't give a rats ass about fragmentation

Fragmentation will become less of a problem in the future, it's just going to take time. At the end of the day, software developers will stop supporting slower phones/older releases so they can focus on the newer APIs/hardware.

I think MS phones will have a higher adoption rate and success over google tablets, google tablets just suck ass. The phones also suck ass but when someone buys a contract with a carrier every phone is almost an android phone and the everyday person buying these really doesn't have a clue what they are buying. I would almost compare google to the Nazi's of technology.

korupt_one said,
I think MS phones will have a higher adoption rate and success over google tablets, google tablets just suck ass. The phones also suck ass but when someone buys a contract with a carrier every phone is almost an android phone and the everyday person buying these really doesn't have a clue what they are buying. I would almost compare google to the Nazi's of technology.

The Android tablet market has been flooded with sub-par hardware. I have ICS on my Asus Transformer (original) and while it's quirky in some areas, it's certainly isn't bad.

To be honest I have not been happy with any Android Tablet device to date. Google should just stick to the phones and forget about tablets.

Melfster said,
To be honest I have not been happy with any Android Tablet device to date. Google should just stick to the phones and forget about tablets.

You mean like how MS should just stick with PCs and forget about phones?

recursive said,

You mean like how MS should just stick with PCs and forget about phones?

I agree with both statements. I love my Android phone. I love my iOS tablet. I love my Windows 7 PC.

Melfster said,
To be honest I have not been happy with any Android Tablet device to date. Google should just stick to the phones and forget about tablets.

The hardware is fine, just Google need to speed up it's development cycles and get features out faster.

Tony. said,

The hardware is fine, just Google need to speed up it's development cycles and get features out faster.

It's not features, it's the app developers.

Melfster said,
To be honest I have not been happy with any Android Tablet device to date. Google should just stick to the phones and forget about tablets.
I love my HTC Flyer. Perfect size, great features, does everything I need and more.

jelly bean is a ways off. common for companies to talk about the next version after one has been released. it's called proper planning and looking to the future.

techbeck said,
jelly bean is a ways off. common for companies to talk about the next version after one has been released. it's called proper planning and looking to the future.

Not entirely true. This is normal behavior for a manufacturer to put their bid for the next Nexus phone to be the first to the new version. Shh, don't tell any of the ignorant people on this site though. Their naive comments are fun to read.

techbeck said,
jelly bean is a ways off. common for companies to talk about the next version after one has been released. it's called proper planning and looking to the future.

I can see a Q3/4 release.

techbeck said,

More likey Q4 IMO...which i still a ways off.

It should also be around the same time WP8 will be released.......... It seems that the last Quarter will be an interesting one.....

I am a happy owner of a Moto Xoom with 4.0, but this is getting a little silly. Do they come up with these names at the local preschool or what?

COKid said,
I am a happy owner of a Moto Xoom with 4.0, but this is getting a little silly. Do they come up with these names at the local preschool or what?


silly ? Apple names their updates after cats. sue a company for adding a little fun to things.

COKid said,
I am a happy owner of a Moto Xoom with 4.0, but this is getting a little silly. Do they come up with these names at the local preschool or what?

You do know that these are code names based on desserts, right?
You do know that they started with the letter "C" and have gone all the way to the letter "I", right?
You do know what letter comes after the letter "I", right?
How many desserts can you name that start with "J"?

Sorry to dumb it down for you like this, but I guess you can piece the clues of this very difficult puzzle. I am very hopeful that you will Sherlock your way through this massive riddle and find the answer to this very naive question of yours.

*Fingers crossed for you!

UndergroundWire said,

You do know that these are code names based on desserts, right?
You do know that they started with the letter "C" and have gone all the way to the letter "I", right?
You do know what letter comes after the letter "I", right?
How many desserts can you name that start with "J"?

Sorry to dumb it down for you like this, but I guess you can piece the clues of this very difficult puzzle. I am very hopeful that you will Sherlock your way through this massive riddle and find the answer to this very naive question of yours.

*Fingers crossed for you!

FOOLS! Don't they know that A is the first letter? Sheesh!

laserfloyd said,

FOOLS! Don't they know that A is the first letter? Sheesh!

Yes! Cupcake was the third release though. The third letter is "C". Hence why they skipped the letter "A" and "B".

ICS has just been released and not on many devices and we are already talking about 5.0, Im guessing that there hasn't been a great demand for ICS.

korupt_one said,
ICS has just been released and not on many devices and we are already talking about 5.0, Im guessing that there hasn't been a great demand for ICS.

You missed the point of the article completely.

Let me educate you just a little bit. God knows you need it. First, the only ICS phone released in a major scale to date is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (SGN). So what does this mean to you? Well, in the U.S. the SGN is released only to Verizon which is a CDMA carrier. In Europe a GSM model has been released. So we are only talking about one phone.

Now that what phones have ICS are out of the way let me educate you on how the Nexus program works. In order for a company to manufacturer a Nexus phone, they have to bid on it through Google. I don't know how things works in that tinny bubble world of yours, but a bidding process takes time. So to a person that knows what they are talking about, this is really not that big of deal that we are hearing about a manufacturer that is showing interest in making a phone for the next Android version. I suppose for uninformed people like yourself, this is a huge news that is foolishly used to make ridiculous statements. So for that, GOOD JOB my young minded friend.

You may carry on.

UndergroundWire said,

You missed the point of the article completely.

Let me educate you just a little bit. God knows you need it. First, the only ICS phone released in a major scale to date is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (SGN). So what does this mean to you? Well, in the U.S. the SGN is released only to Verizon which is a CDMA carrier. In Europe a GSM model has been released. So we are only talking about one phone.

Now that what phones have ICS are out of the way let me educate you on how the Nexus program works. In order for a company to manufacturer a Nexus phone, they have to bid on it through Google. I don't know how things works in that tinny bubble world of yours, but a bidding process takes time. So to a person that knows what they are talking about, this is really not that big of deal that we are hearing about a manufacturer that is showing interest in making a phone for the next Android version. I suppose for uninformed people like yourself, this is a huge news that is foolishly used to make ridiculous statements. So for that, GOOD JOB my young minded friend.

You may carry on.

just like all you google crackheads miss the point of any MS article...…

can we just face the fact that all google products are crap.
I have never seen any google product that I can really say has any wow factor or has made me say I would buy that product.

I do like some apple products and they make a solid product.
I do like MS products as they also make a solid product.

I could never say anything like that about any google based product, its all absolute crap.

ICS is just another piece of crap in the google lineup.

google should just stick to there search engine and be done with it.

and maybe in your small little android world, why aren't manufacturers just jumping onto get ICS onto the phones that they have now????

still the same old story with google

Google=complete crap.

korupt_one said,
FUD

So far nobody can touch Youtube, Google Search, AdSense, Android. Am I missing something here. Oh yeah, I can tell when I see a hater. So having an intelligent conversation with you is completely out of the question. Contact me when you stop acting like a child.

Bye kiddo!

UndergroundWire said,

So far nobody can touch Youtube, Google Search, AdSense, Android. Am I missing something here. Oh yeah, I can tell when I see a hater. So having an intelligent conversation with you is completely out of the question. Contact me when you stop acting like a child.

Bye kiddo!

I would like to have a conversation but all you android puppies do the same thing to any other article on here that is not what you like, a piece of your own medicine if you like. I will behave as soon as all you guys start behaving on other topics here.
I am sick and tired of all the android lovers putting down other articles here that are MS or Apple articles.
and I did say google search was good, so I am not a hater, youtube has taken steps back in recent months and now with googles new privacy policies I would also project that this will hurt them.
android will eventually be a fail, it has never been a good mobile os and never will.

I am not a hater really of anything, I choose what I like for myself.
I personally find android stuff very cheap and crap and I don't see that changing
I find some ms stuff crap too
I find some apple stuff crap too
but at the end of the day my choices would be ms and apple products, that does not make me a hater just someone who likes quality and performance.

Here's my question to you UndergroundWire: how is it that Google releases a version that's not upgradable on most current Android phones & make it look like Google is so amazing. Most phone carriers have 24 month contracts yet Google updates their OS every year meaning that by the time of the next update, 2 OS upgrades have occurred. How is that making Google superior?

UndergroundWire said,

So far nobody can touch Youtube, Google Search, AdSense, Android. Am I missing something here. Oh yeah, I can tell when I see a hater. So having an intelligent conversation with you is completely out of the question. Contact me when you stop acting like a child.

Bye kiddo!

Oh! From what I remember Android was supposed to be an open OS. If OEM have to bid on a contract to manufacture the Nexus phones wouldn't that open Google to direct ligitigation from MS & Apple??
This would be in the same light light as Foxconn or the other 3rd party manufacturers for all the major brands that are currently being sued for IP infringement. I may be wrong as I'm not a lawyer but just a thought...

UndergroundWire said,

You missed the point of the article completely.

Let me educate you just a little bit. God knows you need it. First, the only ICS phone released in a major scale to date is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (SGN). So what does this mean to you? Well, in the U.S. the SGN is released only to Verizon which is a CDMA carrier. In Europe a GSM model has been released. So we are only talking about one phone.

Now that what phones have ICS are out of the way let me educate you on how the Nexus program works. In order for a company to manufacturer a Nexus phone, they have to bid on it through Google. I don't know how things works in that tinny bubble world of yours, but a bidding process takes time. So to a person that knows what they are talking about, this is really not that big of deal that we are hearing about a manufacturer that is showing interest in making a phone for the next Android version. I suppose for uninformed people like yourself, this is a huge news that is foolishly used to make ridiculous statements. So for that, GOOD JOB my young minded friend.

You may carry on.

PoohGQ said,
Here's my question to you UndergroundWire: how is it that Google releases a version that's not upgradable on most current Android phones & make it look like Google is so amazing. Most phone carriers have 24 month contracts yet Google updates their OS every year meaning that by the time of the next update, 2 OS upgrades have occurred. How is that making Google superior?

like I said before android has saturated the market with phones to the point of ridiculous more phones does not make one more superior, and like I said before the normal person going into a shop to get a phone on contract doesn't really know what android is or really care, again that does not make it a superior product.
Also with more manufacturers deciding to make less phones now cause they see there are too many android phones on the market will eventually hit android sales. Apple and MS will start to take back some of the market share android has. As far as I can tell the only company that really has a success story on the mobile front is apple because they really have on one product and im hoping ms will also be a success story, but time will tell on that one. Windows phone sales have overtaken all other phones both in finland and soviet union and im sure more countries will start seeing that trend also.

korupt_one said,
ICS has just been released and not on many devices and we are already talking about 5.0, Im guessing that there hasn't been a great demand for ICS.

By 'just been released' you mean November? Not to mention ASUS needs to test the product, apply their own patches and what-not. This will take time and I can see Jellybean being released in about 6 months.

Google needs to speed up it's release cycle because they technically skipped a release with Honeycomb which was meant to be for tablets and phones. By releasing products faster and companies promising 18 months worth of upgrades, it would mean that phones get more updates in it's life cycle.

Here is my answer to Pooh. Most users have no idea what version they are running. They have no idea what a Ice Cream Sandwich is. For people like me, I know, I care and I buy a high-end phone for that reason. After all, you get what you pay for.

As far as your second statement, I don't you have any clue how Android ever worked. Android has always been designed by Google (after they were purchased by Google). So why couldn't Microsoft or Apple ever sue them before?

Manufacturers like HTC, Samsung and Motorola then ADD additional framework to Google's code. It's still an Android Ice Cream Sandwich build but with Sense or Moto Blur or TouchWiz.

So it is still the same underlining Android code except with additional framework to create as what most amateurs like yourself like to call "skins'.

So Apple can sue Google directly. But they never have. Either one of two reasons, the offending code is in the framework or they are scared to take on Google. Wouldn't you agree? I mean that is why we have only seen news stories of Apple vs Samsung, Apple vs HTC, Apple vs Motorola. Why not Apple vs Google?

Hope I educated you just a little bit now.

korupt_one said,
Windows phone sales have overtaken all other phones both in finland and soviet union.

Greetings from the future. Leave the Soviet Union NOW! It will fall and no longer be called that.

UndergroundWire said,

Greetings from the future. Leave the Soviet Union NOW! It will fall and no longer be called that.

I really don't thing wp will fail, far from it.
maybe they should call it jelly doughnut instead of jelly bean, once you suck the jam outta it its just a big empty hole in the middle of the dough, kinda like andoid

korupt_one said,

I really don't thing wp will fail, far from it.
maybe they should call it jelly doughnut instead of jelly bean, once you suck the jam outta it its just a big empty hole in the middle of the dough, kinda like andoid

I think someone needs to teach you how to read my young foolish friend. Where did I say fail? I was responding to your lack of knowledge. The Soviet Union DOES NOT EXIST similar to your understanding of things. Please try stop sounding so foolish. I wasn't attacking your preaches smartphone ecosystem that has a pathetic 2.5% market share. I let the numbers do the talking.

McLuke said,
Google is playing the game of version number on Android now?

When did android ever not have a number version associated with it? Even back when android was born, the numbers were 1.0 RC1, RC etc., then 1.1 then 1.5 then up. This company has names associated with their releases as well...what other company does that (markets both version and number). Not many if any. And you complain...go back to the bottom of the rock

McLuke said,
Google is playing the game of version number on Android now?

You do know that Google release a new Android version each year. This will most likely be released in the fourth quarter so how is this a version number game. Perhaps if you knew what you were talking about you can become a better hater.

McLuke said,
Google is playing the game of version number on Android now?

No their not, if they were they wouldn't have bothered with 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, they could have just shot up a whole 1.0 but they didn't.

We are still waiting on ICS device to be available and they are already talking about JellyBean?

God, how will Samsung keep up.... Oh I know, they wont....

TruckWEB said,
We are still waiting on ICS device to be available and they are already talking about JellyBean?

God, how will Samsung keep up.... Oh I know, they wont....

Westcrip will keep up for them.... by god how his ICS ROM is awesome !!

I am sure they will.... Asus has been quick to update its products and the first to get the latest android OS.. Its also close to Vanilla so its easy for them.

still1 said,
I am sure they will.... Asus has been quick to update its products and the first to get the latest android OS.. Its also close to Vanilla so its easy for them.

and that pleases the geeks in the mothers basements...

still1 said,
I am sure they will.... Asus has been quick to update its products and the first to get the latest android OS.. Its also close to Vanilla so its easy for them.

hope they do. One of the first to update their tabs. love my transformer

techbeck said,

hope they do. One of the first to update their tabs. love my transformer


transformer would be my next tablet for sure, the next version of transformer prime