Next Android flavor: Key Lime Pie -- but where's Chrome?

Google readies another caloric update even though Ice Cream Sandwich isn't widely deployed, and Jelly Bean is still a sweet rumor.

The newest cavity-inducing Android operating system code name will be Key Lime Pie, according to The Verge. No details are available about Key Lime Pie aside from a possible 2013 release date, so it's unclear if the OS is intended for smartphones, tablets, or a sweet mash-up of both.

That Google is working on future operating systems isn't a shocker, but even mentioning Key Lime Pie makes the Android release schedule seem glutted. After all, Ice Cream Sandwich isn't even available on most Android phones; and Jelly Bean, intended for tablets, still has only a rumored Spring 2012 release date. The good news is that the 2013 date suggests that Google is slowing down with the releases a little bit, which will give Android fans some breathing room.

I think the next Android flavor should be Chrome. The idea of chomping into a slick metallic lollipop doesn't exactly induce Pavlovian dribbles, but Google needs to stop cycling between smartphone and tablet operating systems and focus on a cohesive one-stop-shop product.

And there's no time like the present. Now that Microsoft has created an inspired ecosystem with Windows 8, one that could crumble the walls of Apple's fanboy-driven garden, Android's lack of cross-platform functionality is sticking out like a sore thumb -- one that will only swell further as long as Google pops out countless Android iterations.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Brennon Slattery

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?