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Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Release Date Rumor; Google’s Motorola X To Be Flagship Device For New OS [REPORT]

By Mo Mozuch on January 25, 2013 4:32 PM EST 0

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Release Date Rumor
Will Android Key Lime Pie debut alongside the Motorola X? (Photo: flickr.com / carlstr)

The Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date has not been officially announced, and earlier reports were suggesting that Google's latest OS would debut on the Samsung Galaxy S4. But a new report out this week hints at the possibility of the tech giant using the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date to promote its new "superphone" the Motorola X. According to the CNet report, a 600-page forum thread analyzed by Droid Life revealed that the Motorola X will be announced at Google I/O in May. Here's a short video report on the Motorola X.

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Obviously, the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date is a big deal for Google, which has seen its mobile software capture 68 percent of the world mobile phone market. Not too shabby. If Google is as close to finishing Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as the rumors suggest, then why wouldn't they release the new OS on their OWN phone? Granted, Google owes a debt to Samsung for helping it usurp Apple's iOS as the dominant mobile platform last year, but if the Motorola X is their first official phone it makes sense that it would come with the latest and greatest software Google has to offer.

So what can we expect from Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie? Nothing official has come from Google, but that hasn't stopped various tech sites from posting their own wish lists. Here's what most tech fans are clamoring for in the new OS.

Swype Us Off Our Feet

Nobody likes to tap a touch screen to type text. And virtually no one does, thanks to Swype keyboards. The option is available on most Android phones, but the wish lists all call for a better version to make its way to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Swype made its way to Android in Jelly Bean 4.2, but tech gurus would like to see a more sophisticated set up that lets users edit words without deleting them, a feature missing from the current update. I currently use a Galaxy S3, and it always, ALWAYS thinks I want to write "thou" when I write "you." I wholeheartedly agree with this, there is definite room for improvement in Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

A Social Network Network Please

Another wish list repeat is the inclusion of a more integrated social networking experience for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Currently, Android leaves the social networking widgets to the social networking companies, a move that's kind of lazy and pretty annoying. Sony uses Facebook brilliantly in its phones, and LG knows how to work with Twitter and Facebook. Google+ is no Facebook, and Google needs to accept the fact that people WANT to use Facebook and Twitter and find a way to build it into Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

Android, Can We Talk?

Everyone knows that Siri is super cool and fun to use. Especially Google, who tried to incorporate its own Google Voice Assistant into Jelly Bean. The problem is that Siri is more than just talking search results, and reports indicate that Siri will play an even larger role in upcoming iPhones. Wish lists are calling for Google to give us a smarter, funnier, better Voice Assistant that does more than locate Thai restaurants on Google Maps or throw up a list of search results. GVA can't even access the calendar on most phones, an easy fix that should come in the new OS.

Prose And Contacts

Tech wish lists are also calling for two more features. The first is an improved contacts management system. If you want to message or email multiple contacts in Jelly Bean 4.2, you have to add them one at a time to the message. A simple checklist system, like the one proposed by TechRadar's wish list, would make reaching out to touch multiple people much, much easier. Another common wish list item is an improved Notes app, similar to Evernote. Syncing it with Gmail would also be cool, since there's nothing more frustrating than having to write a reminder to remind you to check your notes for a reminder.

Obviously, these wish lists are NOT official Android Key Lime Pie 5.0 features. But if these are the flaws as identified by tech experts, you can bet that Google is aware of them too. There's not a lot known about the Motorola X either, but in addition to being the (possible) flagship phone for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie there are a few other tidbits leaked about the super phone in the recent reports.

In addition to its rumored announcement at Google I/O, insiders are anticipating a July 8 release date for the Motorola X. It will allegedly be available for all the major carriers and sell for around $299 (with contracts, obviously). All versions will also be sold through the Google Play store at similar off-contract price to Nexus line. Not a "Nexus" but will come running stock Android and with some bloatware. Bloatware can apparently be removed once unlocked.

Google I/O is set for May 15, so odds are there will be a few official announcements beforehand regarding both Android Key Lime Pie and the Motorola X. And, of course, expect lots and lots more rumors, too.

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