Could Key Lime Pie be delayed in order for manufacturers to catch up?

Rumors are swirling around that Android 5.0 (or 4.3, or whatever the next version of Android ends up being) might be delayed this year in order to give manufacturers some extra time to catch up. This is according to “reliable” sources at Google, who say that Key Lime Pie won’t make an appearance at Google I/O in May after all, in spite of much speculation to the contrary.

These sources indicate that Key Lime Pie will be delayed 2-4 months, while manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, LG, and others scramble to update as many phones as they can to Jelly Bean.

In essence, what this means is that carriers and manufacturers who drag their feet on updates aren’t only affecting those who use their devices, but everyone else who uses Android, as well. How fair does it seem that those of us with a Nexus phone or tablet have to wait up to 120 more days, just because HTC still has too many phones running Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich?

Perhaps I’m overreacting, but it’s one thing when I buy a phone with a manufacturer skin – I know that updates will be delayed, and aren’t really even guaranteed. It’s another thing when I buy a pure Google device – Google has set a precedent for a somewhat regular update schedule, so I’m not happy to see that schedule tampered with.

What do you think?

[Gadgetronica via AndroidSPIN]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.