Just when you think you’ve got Google all figured out, they go and produce something from up their sleeve that proves once and for all that you’ve really got no idea…ever. If you’d asked any number of analysts to hedge their bets on one certainty for Google upcoming Android launch roadmap, about 99.9% would have waged every penny on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie coming next.
It wasn’t confirmed, but it was as good as guaranteed…or so we thought.
That’s why the arrival of Android KitKat has left so many of us quite shell-shocked and wondering what the heck is really going on. We wondered if it was a joke to begin with but for this isn’t the case, so we’re left to question whether its arrival is a stroke of pure genius or madness.
Any new Android launch is exciting – there’s really no doubt about it. However, you have to wonder whether in the months to come this new variant is only going to make the already OTT fragmentation issue so much worse than it already is. There are millions of Android users the world over still waiting to be give their much-needed Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean updates and Android 4.3 hasn’t even been given any real chance to get moving yet.
So the question is – where’s the sense in putting out KitKat when things are already so messed up? And if Android 5.0 is coming in the near future too, has someone lost their mind?
Probably not – here’s why we think it’s all panning out like this:
Android 4.3 was launched as the new OS to show off all the Google Nexus 2 7 could do. No details were offered as to when or if it would ever make its way to any other devices, but we assumed it might. But on the other hand, say for example the search giant intended to launch the Google Nexus 5 before the end of the year – would it be given the same OS as the Google tablet, or a shiny new OS of its own?
Chances are the answer is the latter – Android KitKat will debut with the next Nexus Smartphone, which may or may not carry the ‘5’ moniker.
Fragmentation-wise, it’s certainly going to be a messy few months ahead for the existing Android crowd and at least some level of backlash is guaranteed. But for those that have been holding out for a new Nexus and to hell with everyone else, it all spells very exciting news indeed!