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Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie: Release Date, Specs, Features, Other Rumors Surrounding Launch [REPORT]

By iDigital Times Staff Reporter on February 11, 2013 9:16 PM EST 0

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Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie's release date is coming soon. Here's what we know about the new operating system. (Photo: flickr.com / ralph and jenny)

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is one of the most highly anticipated pieces of mobile software in the planet, and yet, the software has never been confirmed by Google, and very little actually known about the software. For the uninitiated, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is the highly anticipated follow up to the wildly successful operating system Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Although there's very little information that we can report with certainty, there are plenty of rumors surround Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

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Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie rumors are often predicated on the device that the operating system will be launching with. It's safe to say that Google will, inevitably, release an operating system dubbed Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, but it's difficult to say which smartphone the operating system will be launched with. Several reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be the first device launched with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. This possibility makes sense mainly because the Galaxy S3 is the most popular Android device of all time, and the Galaxy S4 is highly anticipated because of it. Another set of reports indicate that the Motorola X will be the first phone to receive Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. This possibility also makes sense, mainly because Google just purchased a large segment of Motorola when the company split into two.

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie specs vary depending on which tech sites you visit, though there are some features that appear on nearly every wish list, which make it seem more likely that the feature will be included in the final version of Android Key Lime Pie. Most developers are experts agree that there will be significant improvements made to the default Android keyboard, which many Android users are already sidestepping by using other keyboards such as Swype and Swiftkey. Most users believe that there will be better word suggestions given by the operating system, and there's a strong possibility that Google will incorporate some version of the swipe-typing feature.

The Android Key Lime Pie release date is also expected to be the official launch of Android's go-to video conferencing software. For years, Apple has been pushing FaceTime to its users through iOS and OS X, and many believe that Google will try to grab a large portion of the market share by introducing better built-in video. Adding to the rumors that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will provide better video-chatting features is the fact that Blackberry 10 also has video chat built into Blackberry Messenger. In addition, Windows Phone 8 has completely integrated Skype into the operating system, which is a familiar and easy-to-use interface for most mobile users.

Customize Android should be much easier in Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. It's no secret that Google has often co-opted technology and ideas from third-party developers when they release new versions of Android. In Key Lime Pie, there's a strong chance that things such as customizable navigation bars will be added to the edges of the screen. Some users also call for better launcher customization. Know Your Mobile notes that Android 4.2 allows users to slightly modify the number of homescreens available, but most other launcher applications allow users to do more customization.

While it's still tough to say exactly what features and functions will be included in Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, most experts tend to agree that the Google I/O event happening in May will likely be when a slew of new smartphones start launching .

"Even though there are no precise details about the technical specifications or the availability of the Nexus 5, our sources are indicating that Google will stick with LG for the development of the new Nexus flagship smartphone," reports Android.GS. "As it happened with all the previous Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 5 will be running the latest Android iteration out of the box, and since the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is expected to launch in May at Google I/O, this will be the version underpinning the new flagship smartphone."

Others agree that Android 5.0 will be launched in May at the Google I/O conference, but some believe that Google will opt to launch the new operating system with its own phone. "Additionally, the Motorola X will be the first device to ship with Android 5.0/Key Lime Pie and will be announced at the same time as the next mobile OS during Google I/O later this year," reports DGStorm of DroidForums.Net.

Although there's certainly no certainty when it comes to making predictions about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, it is safe to say that there's plenty to be excited about. Whether the new Android operating system launches in May or not, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is likely to be packed with plenty of new features and will likely launch with a top-tier smartphone.

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