Phoronix speculates that it may be too early to release a Key Lime Pie OS based on Linux 3.8 given that Android 5.0 is expected to be unveiled in less than three months from now, at Google’s 2013 I/O event. But while “the work is labeled as ‘experimental,’” it seems “to be evolving fast,” which sounds interesting, although we have no way of confirming what Key Lime Pie will be based on at this time.
Jelly Bean is based on Linux 3.0 kernel, with Google also maintaining other versions including 3.3 and 3.4, with Android 4.2.2 for Nexus 4 based on the latter.
The same source details some of the improvements in Linux 3.8 kernel (see second Source link below) including “Samsung Exynos DRM advancements,” open-source NVIDIA Tegra driver inclusion and lowered RAM usage.
We’ll keep our ears to the ground on this one, as we’re getting ready for Google’s next Android OS launch. Meanwhile, those of you interested in this experimental/android-3.8 repository can already check it out.