Rumor has it that Google will challenge Microsoft’ Windows 8 with a new update named “Jellybean” or the 5.0 update of the popular operating system.
Google launched the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 of Android last year, and it looks like the search engine giant will push yet another update this year to protect its market share from Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’ upcoming Windows 8.
According to rumors circulating online, Google is working on a new software, codename Jellybean 5.0, as the successor and it will focus on powering tablet computers. Similar to its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, rumor say the new Android Jellybean operating system is polished, but will only support tablet computers which is similar to Honeycomb 3.0 operating system of the Android last year.
Digitimes, the source of the rumor, revealed that Google is planning to compete against the Windows 8 with the new Android 5.0 operating system, and it will arrive through tablet computers starting next quarter.
It is also worth noting that last year, Google’s Eric Schmidt was quoted as saying that Google might launch a tablet computer that will compete against the iPad, presumably the iPad 3, and rumors followed saying that the device might sport the Nexus branding.
The report from Taiwan also added that the sources of the rumor are the Taiwan manufacturers, and leaked the possibility of dual-boot allowing manufacturers to support the Windows 8 and the Android 5.0 in one device.
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