Google may have given the clearest hint yet that the next major iteration of the Android operating system could be named Jelly Bean, as had been long rumoured.
According to PC Magazine, a bowl of jellybeans – surrounded by plush Android toys – was spotted at Google’s booth in this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. To the average Joe that may seem like an innocent decoration, but to tech heads its surely a sign of things to come.
The search giant is no stranger to utilising quirky visual gags in promoting its OS and even served ice cream sandwiches to visitors in keeping with its colourful, dessert-themed presentation.
Although Google declined to comment on the significance of the candy bowl, going by past naming convention where each major Android update dropped in alphabetic order (Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich), we’re inclined to believe Jelly Bean could certainly be next.
In other news, Google announced that more than 800 Android gadgets have been launched to date, with 850,000 new devices being activated daily – up from 700,000 in December last year.
Android Market has also seen phenomenal growth to over 450,000 apps and downloads in excess of one billion each day.
PC Mag, Google