Google is apparently working on the recently released Linux 3.8 kernel, a new report reveals, and we’re certainly going to wonder whether Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will be based on the new kernel.

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.

  • RarestName

    Confession: I’ve never eaten key lime pie before :(

    • Rob Mahon

      It’s well worth it. Key West has Key Lime Pies, on a stick, dunked in Chocolate. /drool.
      Lemon Meringue is also impressive too.

    • brararsh

      Did you ate Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich before?? :p

      • Moe


    • MasterMuffin

      I had never heard of it before the Android version :(

    • It sound tasty, but when you really think about it – “nah… I’ll pass…”

    • Lukas Dettlinger

      It is amazingly tasty!!
      Go make one or buy one!

    • i used to make a lot of these in sims 3

  • Ignacio Martín

    I don’t know why Phoronix says it’s evolving fast, as I can see only 1 commit for the android-3.8 git tree.

  • Harry redknapp

    Android 4.3, not 5.0. As chrome won’t be merging with android this probably means minimal changes at best, 5.0 will most likely be the overhaul of the is this fall.

  • ostorea

    does it matter which linux version used ?

    its the Virtual Machine that consume the biggest resource on Android OS,
    until it removed, I doubt Android will be better even with newest linux kernel.

  • Stuart Brown

    RAM usage seems about same percentage on my Galaxy Nexus 4.1.2, as my Nexus 7 4.2.2, the next series of Nexus will be at least 2.5 GB RAM, KLP, 10″ UD (4k) and 5/7.7″ full HD, with UD capable graphics on both, so any improvement in RAM usage would be much appreciated.