The First Jelly Bean (Android 5.0) Device Could Be Released by Asus
Since 2011, rumors abound about the next iteration of the Android OS, the Jelly Bean. Feature-wise, there’s no solid specific about what to expect, but apparently it would incorporate some of the Chrome OS features. Jelly may be nowhere ready to be deployed, however there are chatter of Asus being the first to release a device with Jelly Bean (Android 5.0) Google and Acer also has close partnership, although not as strong as Samsung and Google. But it’s close enough for Google to entrust Asus with first release of the Jelly Bean. After the Samsung Nexus, Asus Transformer Prime was the first to receive an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), not earlier Nexus models. After all, Asus is known for speedy release of Android update and the Jelly Bean could be released as an update.
Obviously, something is brewing up, but does Asus have what it takes to match the likes of HTC and Samsung? Perhaps, it will have the backing of Google, but will it be enough? Although Transformer series is moderately successful in the tablet market, its smartphone, the Padfone, didn’t do well anywhere in the world. If Asus consistently releases durable and great products, it might someday become a major Android manufacturer. Followed by HTC, Samsung is controlling the lion’s share of the smartphone market and it would be difficult for Asus to have a stronger position. But, Asus is still a promising vendor and we should keep our eyes peeled.