Android Jelly Bean May Not Arrive Until Second Half of 2012

Here’s some good news for owners of new Android phones, it looks like you’re not going to have to worry about another version of the operating system not making it to your phone just yet, as Google is rumoured to have delayed the launch of Jelly Bean, the next version of the platform.

Ice Cream Sandwich has been around since last year, but is still only installed on less than 3% of all Android devices in circulation, and despite plenty of promises from manufacturers, the vast majority of updates for compatible devices have yet to appear.

Additionally, as many new Android phones are still being released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Android 4.0, it makes little sense for Google to meet its rumoured release window for Jelly Bean of between April and June.

Now, Digitimes is reporting that Android Jelly Bean’s release has been altered to between July and September instead, giving manufacturers and networks more time to work on ICS updates for existing phones and tablets, as well as produce new devices specially designed for Ice Cream Sandwich.

There’s also another reason why it’s fitting for Jelly Bean to make its first appearance during the second half of the year, as Google I/O, the software giant’s  annual developer conference, has been announced for 27 June – and it was at last year’s event that Google unveiled Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If Android Jelly Bean then continues to follow the same pattern as ICS, we’ll learn more about its features around October, along with a new flagship Nexus phone too.

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