The last time we talked about the upcoming Android 5.0, we had received reports that speculated that Jelly Bean is supposed be released in the second quarter of the year, which is difficult to believe. As the days passed, we got to learn more information about this new iteration of Android. Rumors now suggest that Android 5.0 Jellybean is to gain a few elements of the Chrome OS so that it can be optimized for tablets. This, in turn, has led many to speculate that it will be dual-bootable with Windows 8.
Today, we have learned something else about Android 5.0—that it will have an included native docking mode; which is a lot like Motorola’s Webtop. This new information was released by the rumor factory that is Eldar Murtazin. In his latest colum, Murtazin talked about the dual-boot rumor which spurred from last week and said ‘[it] remains a hypothesis from the realm of fantasy…’ Regardless, it gives us the impression that this was confused with a native docking mode; the same thing that Motorola has done since the original Motorola Atrix.
Murtazin also added more of his speculations including how Google will be getting more by investing in expanded desktop apps for usage while the device is docked. This is something we’ll still have to look out for in the future, especially with the recent Motorola acquisition. Sources say this might be a re-purposing which Google is doing on the Webtop itself. If this isn’t true, then Google is building its own docking mode. Let’s wait for more updates about this or else we’ll have to look out for it at Google I/O 2012.
Look at us, MWC is still a few days away yet we can’t wait for Google I/O already! Are you as excited as we are?
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Would much prefer to see it dual-booting with this!
If they have it dock into Chrome OS. . . that will be a fail. Chrome OS is less usable than Android so where would the benefit of that be?
ICS will work just fine docked with its native UI, maybe a few tweaks are needed but not much. We just need some killer apps for heavy lifting and Android needs to be independent of a PC for ALL tasks–flashing the ROM, backing up the OS, etc.–if Android doesn’t get there soon Win8 will steal it’s thunder.