Rumor: Android 5.0 delayed

Ahead of Google's I/O 2013 conference mid-next month, rumors on the streets are indicating that Google has pushed back the launch of Android 5.0 'Key Lime Pie' by 2-4 months. The reason for the delay is supposedly that Google is giving OEMs and hardware partners some breathing room to get Android 5.0 updates sorted for their devices, and to ready the software for new devices.

Previously, when Google has released a new update to Android, upcoming smartphones have been launched with outdated versions of the platform - often several versions old - as Google hasn't allowed enough time for OEMs to get ready for the new software. This time around, if reports are correct, Google wants flagship devices at least on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean by the time Key Lime Pie comes around, and to have OEMs ready to work on deploying Android 5.0.

As Sony contributes to the Android Platform Development Kit (PDK), word is that they have already got the Android 5.0 PDK in their hands, although it's unclear if they're the only OEM with the kit. As Android 5.0 will likely be delayed until after I/O 2013, rumor has it that Google will instead release an updated version of the LG Nexus 4 at the conference, bringing LTE to a 32 GB model priced at $349, rather than a completely new Nexus 5.

If the rumors are indeed true, this will make Google I/O 2013 a little less exciting than originally anticipated, as Android 5.0 was originally expected to be the main announcement. Still, the conference will take place on May 15-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco; the tickets have already sold out, as they usually do with big events such as this.

Source: Gadgetronica
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If the launch of yet another version of Android is the main focus of the event, it must be a pretty **** weak event to begin with.

Google needs to mandate that all Android phones get updates straight from Google without any oem interference for at least 2 years. iOS and WP both do this.

But Google won't, because they aren't really in the business of Android as a brand. All they care about is you run the latest apps and get hits on the ad platform.

WP has OEM interference. even providers are a pain. In holland the Lumia WP8's are just getting the portico update -.-. This process will take 5 months, for the few 100 dutchies that own a Lumia...

I have to manually update it to stay on track. Luckely Nokia lists their ROMs on a public accessable FTP server. Download it, use the Nokia Care Suite and flash the thing with a new ROM

I'm not too concerned about KLP, I'm more interesting in the next Nexus or Google X Phone. Android 5.0 Can come out, and it will instantly update whatever Nexus I have. I just don't want the Nexus to be delayed because of 5.0.

I was hoping the Nexus/Google X Phone was coming out in June/July, b/c I am in the market to get a new phone. The Galaxy S 4 disappointed w/ Samsung moving farther away from Pure Android, and more towards a closed ecosystem with their proprietary crap. Same goes w/ the HTC One.

All these just piles of rumors.
The Nexus 4 updated body design is already released as of now. I had 4 devices manufactured in March, all of them have this new design.

The LTE support is another fanboy jerkoffs. Google won't update current Nexus 4 for LTE. It is planned for the next phone which will be released 2H of 2013.

About KLP delayed, I love this: "Our trusty internal sources". Yeah It's a secret sauce.

But hey, more clicks = more cash for the site!

Richteralan said,
The LTE support is another fanboy jerkoffs. Google won't update current Nexus 4 for LTE. It is planned for the next phone which will be released 2H of 2013.

I wouldn't be too sure of that.

Crap like TouchWiz and Sense keep OEM from updating their phone at a reasonable pace.

My next phone will be a Nexus, end of crap and welcome pure Android.

TruckWEB said,
Crap like TouchWiz and Sense keep OEM from updating their phone at a reasonable pace.

My next phone will be a Nexus, end of crap and welcome pure Android.

I stick with Nexus devices as well. Curious on what Google does/produces with Motorola as well.

TruckWEB said,
Crap like TouchWiz and Sense keep OEM from updating their phone at a reasonable pace.

My next phone will be a Nexus, end of crap and welcome pure Android.

the long update delays are actually caused by your service provider, not the oem

Come on Neowin PDK is released 2-3 months before new Android release
This was all over the news last IO

also no one should reference KLP as 5.0 ...

An LTE model of the Nexus 4 for Verizon sounds interesting to me. Especially at $349. May be time to replace my Galaxy Nexus. I just hope Google can maintain control of their Verizon model this time.

Chugworth said,
An LTE model of the Nexus 4 for Verizon sounds interesting to me. Especially at $349. May be time to replace my Galaxy Nexus. I just hope Google can maintain control of their Verizon model this time.

It won't be for Verizon. Only AT&T and TMobile. The Verizon ship has sailed.

DarkNet said,

It won't be for Verizon. Only AT&T and TMobile. The Verizon ship has sailed.

I would not be surprised if what you say is true, though some of the rumors do state that this is a LTE/CDMA device. I will be glad once they can do away with the CDMA/HSPA+ radios and just go pure LTE.

Chugworth said,

I would not be surprised if what you say is true, though some of the rumors do state that this is a LTE/CDMA device. I will be glad once they can do away with the CDMA/HSPA+ radios and just go pure LTE.

It will be a while for that. But the reason why I doubt CDMA is because Verizon took forever to update and Sprint is still on 4.1.2. I'm sure Google is not happy with that and would rather just cut ties with CDMA until LTE bands is a available in a single chip.

I'm glad I didn't buy a ticket to Google I/O, seeing as 5.0 was to be the main announcement. I wonder if they offer refunds for this bait & switch.

disappointing Would be better for us users to get android released on the internet sooner so that us cynagenmod users can get it nice and early.

Meh. The first month or two of a new CM version is a miserable time to use it anyway. You'll get it nice and early, and then your favorite XDA thread will explode to hundreds of posts about bluetooth audio or whatever crap won't work until the official vendor release comes out anyway.

I've got a Galaxy Note II. Android 4.2 has been out since October and CM10.1 is still one of the worst ways to experience the device. Between CM and the official KLP bound to come, I'll very likely be picking stock.

This is BS. Why did they have to wait so long to release the N4 with LTE and 32GB memory?

They could at least release the 32GB in the initial release of the N4.

Yeah that's right you tell them. We should all get angry on this rumor. /s

Just so you know, if you bought the 8GB or 16GB, it does have LTE. It only needs to be enabled via a software update.

DarkNet said,
Yeah that's right you tell them. We should all get angry on this rumor. /s

Just so you know, if you bought the 8GB or 16GB, it does have LTE. It only needs to be enabled via a software update.

The LTE is not important to me really and anyway from what i know in the last 4.2.2 update they closed the option of LTE.

I really wanted the 32GB, this is what really ****es me off.

That's your fault. If you learned anything from the Nexus 7 launch, then this wouldn't be a surprise.

Don't buy things you are going to be unhappy with. You knew you were buying a 16GB device. So what exactly is the issue?

What if this rumor turns out to be false? Will you still be unhappy?

I have a 32GB Galaxy Nexus (Verizon LTE) and a 16GB Nexus 4. I only use about 4GB. Everything else is on the cloud. Thank God for Google Music, Google Drive and Picasa with Google+ automatic upload.

DarkNet said,

Just so you know, if you bought the 8GB or 16GB, it does have LTE. It only needs to be enabled via a software update.

Really? I have the 16GB model and love the device. My only wish is that it had LTE.

Can this be done now? I haven't rooted my device yet.

DarkNet said,
That's your fault. If you learned anything from the Nexus 7 launch, then this wouldn't be a surprise.

Don't buy things you are going to be unhappy with. You knew you were buying a 16GB device. So what exactly is the issue?

What if this rumor turns out to be false? Will you still be unhappy?

I have a 32GB Galaxy Nexus (Verizon LTE) and a 16GB Nexus 4. I only use about 4GB. Everything else is on the cloud. Thank God for Google Music, Google Drive and Picasa with Google+ automatic upload.

First, i love my device. It's a great phone and i'm very happy that i bought it.

What makes me unhappy is if the rumor is true then it's unfair for the customers that waited for the N4 and bought it right when it came out, then after less than a year come out with the same device just bigger memory.

This is a move that Apple does with releasing "new" devices every year with minimal changes.

Again, i'm very happy with my device, i just wish they would release the 32GB right away.

V-Tech said,

First, i love my device. It's a great phone and i'm very happy that i bought it.

What makes me unhappy is if the rumor is true then it's unfair for the customers that waited for the N4 and bought it right when it came out, then after less than a year come out with the same device just bigger memory.

This is a move that Apple does with releasing "new" devices every year with minimal changes.

Again, i'm very happy with my device, i just wish they would release the 32GB right away.

You are falling into the sheep trap. Be happy with what you bought. Something better always comes along. If you felt that the storage was inadequate, you should have held out.

May I ask why you need 32GB of internal storage? Are you on a limited data plan? If so, you should have held out.

DarkNet said,

You are falling into the sheep trap. Be happy with what you bought. Something better always comes along. If you felt that the storage was inadequate, you should have held out.

May I ask why you need 32GB of internal storage? Are you on a limited data plan? If so, you should have held out.


Of course something new/better always comes along but it usually comes with a new device with different/better specs and stuff like that. Coming out with the exact same device with a larger storage option just several months after the original device came out is just wrong. Like i said before, this is the kind of stuff Apple does (iPhone 3 then 3S, iPhone 4 then 4S) and this is why i dont like Apple. (yes they are not exactly the same device but still close enough to make a lot of people upset about not having a better new device)

About why i want 32GB, it has nothing to do with a data plan. If you use public transportation like a subway for example and have no data then you need to store you music/movies on the device. I know that 16GB is a lot and you can store a lot of songs but have 32GB is better