Android A to Z: Jellybean!

Jellybean is the name of a delicious hard-shelled confectionery (opens in new tab) with a soft, even more delicious inside. Made mostly of sugar and Unicorn sweat, they are a favorite of Android bloggers and ex-presidents, and probably are really good for you. Especially the black ones. Or the green ones. Sometimes the white ones, too.

It's also the rumored nickname of the next version of Android.

Since version 1.5, Android has had code names based on sweets and treats. We've seen Cupcake (v. 1.5), Donut (v. 1.6), Eclair (v. 2.0.1 and 2.1), Froyo (v. 2.2), Gingerbread (v. 2.3), Honeycomb (v. 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2), and Ice Cream Sandwich (v. 4.0) so far. We're pretty sure that the next version will have a similar delicious name. What we're not sure of is exactly what version it will be, or exactly what name it will carry. The general speculation is that we'll see Android 4.1 with the code name Jellybean sometime this year. But until we hear it from Google, that's all just a series of educated guesses.

What's not just a guess is that it will get everyone excited, bring new features (and bugs) to the table, and we'll be all over it as soon as it appears. That's what we do -- eat jelly beans and talk Android 24/7. Life is good.

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Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • haha Jerry, I dislike jelly beans but your description made me want to go out and buy a bag - unicorn sweat ftw! ^_^ i hope JB is a point upgrade, because there is still a lot of work to be done on ICS/4.0.x, and it seems a little soon to go to 5.
  • Most likely it is, i can't imagine they massively change UI again, 3.0 and 4.0 been big steps. 3.0 brings ideas on Android UI for tablet, 4.0 brings those ideas back to phones and unify them same way as iOS is. Thru 2.0 was not massive change so who knows.
  • In case anyone didn't realize "Froyo" is short for frozen yogurt. Also in addition to all of the codenames being sweets/deserts, they have also been appearing in alphabetical order. So the next one will a confectionary that begins with "J", hence the Jelly Bean rumors.
  • i always wondered what froyo meant, it always sounded like some type of weird japanese dish imo
  • Soon. The madness is just around the corner.
  • yes, the black jelly beans are most especially good for you
  • Unicorn sweat, ah-hah no wonder they taste so good.
  • did they skip A and B because those are generally referred to as alpha and beta?
  • Android 1.0 and 1.1 were internally known as Astro and Bender, but there were trademark issues with publicly using those names. Hence, for Android 1.5, they switched to dessert names.
  • Next phone will be a device that comes with Jelly Bean. Maybe one of the Nexus devices? Who knows. Knowing that JB comes out this year (and finally new gen GPUs and A15 processors) is enough to make me pass on the GS3 and HOX, and whatever else comes out until that triple combination comes out.
  • Starburst jellybeans are my favorite
  • Who cares about Jelly Bean? It's all about Key Lime Pie. I kid, but that's what I hear the next one is.