Gadgetronica reports that Google may delay the launch of Android "Key Lime Pie" (v5.0) by as much as two to four months after Google I/O takes place in San Francisco next month (May 15-17). The reason for the delay is supposedly due to the company wanting to give OEM's some breathing room, as they are currently still trying to update their phone portfolio to the latest Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" platform.
This time last year, many OEMs were still trying to update compatible phones to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" which was first introduced in late 2011. Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" didn't arrive until the Google I/O conference in June 2012, and was first released on the Nexus 7 tablet. Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" arrived in October 2012 followed by Android 4.2.1 in January and Android 4.2.2 just last month.
The next release of Android is expected to be v5.0 "Key Lime Pie". Back in February, a leaked Qualcomm document revealed that the next Android release was scheduled to launch in 2Q13. Sony reportedly already has the Android 5.0 PDK, as the company actively contributes to the official Android code, including the Key Lime Pie release. So far there doesn't seem to be any indication of a Sony Nexus.
Despite not launching Android 5.0 during Google I/O (although we'll likely see it in action nonetheless), Google reportedly has other surprises planned for the event including a reworked Qualcomm-powered Nexus 7 tablet, and an updated Nexus 4 smartphone with 32 GB of storage and LTE support. So far there's no sign that the Nexus 5 (LG) or the Nexus X (Motorola) will make an appearance.
GottaBeMobile refutes the claims made by Gadgetronica, indicating that Google delaying the Android launch over OEMs needing to update to Jelly Bean first is inaccurate. The site points out that more than 50-percent of the active Android devices run v4.0 and below, and new devices like the HTC One aren't even updated to v4.2.2. That's definitely a good point.
"Every new version of Android arrives with millions of Android devices already a major version of Android behind and millions more a small version of Android behind," the report states. That kind of gap has never stopped Google from launching a new version of Android in the past, and likely won't stall the launch of Key Lime Pie next month.
Of course, we'll find out next month what the real Key Lime Pie story is all about. If there is a delay in the updated OS, it could be for other reasons other than giving OEM's room to get caught up... like OEMs tweaking the OS for notebooks...