What happened to Key Lime Pie? Theories
The undifferentiated codename for Android 4.2 from 4.1 seems to have gone overlooked. Google is keeping the Jelly Bean moniker for their big holiday release, despite launching two new flagship devices. The changes in 4.2 are arguably less than ground-breaking, though multiple accounts, gesture typing, panorama and the new camera UI, and expandable notifications certainly warrant the +.1.
A few possible explanations for keeping Jelly Bean:
- As is typically the case with Android, hardly any devices have Jelly Bean 4.1 yet and Google doesn't want the fragmentation discussion to put a damper on their biggest hardware release season ever.
- Google is saving huge surprises for Android 4.5. In the Android feature posted today, Andy Rubin mentions the job task of sort of adding neat things to Android in hopes users like them(Google lacks Apple's confidence to all but tell users what they should like and why and as a result sit on a digital landfill of failed experiments), now that Google sells a full device suite they're in a better position to more accurately infer what people want as they'll have more relevant data on the full consumer experience. Perhaps the next major release will tie Android together in more meaningful ways.
- Google is done with dessert code names. Consumers don't know the difference and tech enthusiasts are fine reciting the number so it excites too small of a minority to bother making code names external.
Personally, I enjoy the dessert epithets and hope to see them return in the future, though if Google is running out of ideas I prefer see the practice die. Android 8.3 Zebra cake? No thanks.