Before anyone gets too excited, the news about Android 5.0 is coming from the dubious but often accurate Digitimes.com. According to the report, "Android 4.0 has fallen short of original expectations," and with Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, Google wants to launch Android 5.0 by the end of the second quarter in 2012 in an effort to appeal to a broader audience. And while Ice Cream Sandwich was designed to unify the style of Android across all tablets and smartphones, Jellybean will look to extend that unification to the desktop, as "Google also wishes to earn another chance to enter the notebook and netbook markets," according to Digitimes.
Confirming that idea is AndroidCommunity.com, which also speculated Android 5.0 phones will usher in an era of laptop dock connections, expanding the Android experience to a "desktop" version that allows a window-type approach to using your Android phone. It's much like the Motorola Atrix, but apparently, no longer device-specific.
A quick turnaround in the Android world is nothing new, but Google's alleged focus on the notebook arena with Android could suggest Google has grander plans for Android. Any quad-core enabled smartphone could easily be a travel-ready productivity powerhouse. And since Google bought Motorola Mobility, it acquired the technology behind the Motorola Atrix's laptop dock. It seems like a near-natural fit.
But is device consolidation what consumers are clamoring for? There's a part of me that likes different form-factor devices and I'd rather not have a single device I'm reliant upon for daily work. iCloud provides enough ubiquity for me. To be fair, many people were once wary about merging their cell phone, music player and mobile game player, but iPhone and Android devices seem to have eradicated that perceived issue.
Like Microsoft and Intel, Google, too, is planning a big announcement at Mobile World Congress 2012. Google has put up a cute countdown page with an Android robot sculpting an identical Android robot out of a giant green block. The word on the web is that the news is Ice Cream Sandwich-related, but a Android 5.0 sneak peak wouldn't be beyond Google, which has never been shy about sharing up-and-coming projects.