The Android 5.0 Jelly Bean rumours continue apace – following on from reports earlier in the week that the as-yet speculatively named next Android OS would dual boot with Windows, come whispers that would seem to contradict this claim.
Russian blogger extraordinaire Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review has been speculating that Google could make lapdocking capabilities the Android Jelly Bean USP.
This would mean that Android 5.0 smartphones would come with the ability to plug right into a laptop cradle, meaning that future apps could be scalable to work across handsets and full-screen, optimised tablets with no change of OS between devices.
It’s a pretty big assumption to make, but given that Google has just acquired Motorola and all the accompanying tech, including a collection of Motorola lapdock properties, it’s easy to see what the genesis of this report was. Couple that with Google’s presumed desire to re-enter the laptop and netbook market, and a lapdock mode could prove to be an attractive way to make this happen without having to run a separate Chrome OS.
Given that Google’s yearly I/O conference is the place where new tech traditionally rears its head, we could be waiting until June for confirmation of Jelly Bean’s actual superpowers. Until then, we’ll keep ‘em peeled…