Everybody loves a good rumor, and today we have several for you. Probably most prominently, we have Android Key Lime Pie—I mean, Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean has long been rumored to be the successor to the barely-out Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich OS. While Google has yet to give us anything specific, there was a rather conspicuous bowl of jelly beans at Google’s booth at MWC, and VP Benson Lin of Asus made a rather interesting comment recently. As for the rest of the menu, we’ll get back to that a little later.
“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.” Take this how you will, but the most reasonable assumption seems to be that Asus is in the running for Jelly Bean’s Nexus device, and that we will be seeing Jelly Bean this summer.
The above quote is the only thing solid that we have to go on, but one could be safe in assuming that ASUS—along with virtually everybody else—is clamoring and petitioning to make the coveted Nexus device. Rumor has it that it will be optimized for tablets—much as Honeycomb was two versions ago—with a strong possibility of netbook support.
A summer release wouldn’t be out of the norm for Android, and neither would another tablet-optimized update, though ICS did promise to unite the two platforms.
Still hungry? Though Jelly Bean hasn’t even been officially announced yet, we already have rumors about its successor: Key Lime Pie. According to an unnamed source cited by The Verge, Key Lime Pie will be the next in the string of alphabetical desserts. Supposedly this is the same source who originally tipped Jelly Bean, which appears to be coming true. So Key Lime Pie may very well be on the menu for 2013.
Rounding out this week’s gossip rag we have a hat-trick of device rumors. Starting off is a rumor squashing: it had been strongly rumored that Samsung’s Galaxy S III—heir to the S II’s impressive throne—would be released next month in April. Samsung has publicly denounced this via one of its international Twitter feeds, so we’re back at the beginning as to when we can expect the much-anticipated device.
Pushing that disappointment aside, Droid Life has obtained some compromising photos that claim Verizon will receive two devices, the LG Cayman and the Droid Fighter on March 29 and April 12 respectively. Both devices are complete unknowns, which is odd given how soon they are set for release. Theoretically both are mid-range devices, but until someone else decides to help this leak along, even that’s a mystery.