Key Lime Pie could boost Android to Linux Kernel 3.10

August 22, 2013
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We don't know what number or name the next version of Android will be, but if all signs are pointing in the right direction we'll likely see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie here soon from Google. There's no question they're hard at work on the next major release, possibly set for later this year, and today we're seeing some interesting tidbits on the Kernel side.

We're not going to get into the entire is Android Linux discussion, as it certainly is a "fork", and I don't want the Android enthusiasts to start throwing stuff at me. However, we all know Android runs on top of a standard Linux Kernel, and it looks like Google could be prepared to make a significant jump to the latest version with Android Key Lime Pie.

Android runs on an unaltered Linux Kernel, but of course there are various tweaks and patches. I'm no expert in this space, as many Android enthusiasts are, but it looks like Google's been experimenting with the latest long-term Linux Kernel release. That being 3.10 of course. Android Gingerbread ran on the aging 2.6, we saw Ice Cream Sandwich bump the kernel to 3.0, and Jelly Bean brought Linux kernel 3.4 to Android.

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We've seen some experimental Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean releases from those Linaro folks running 3.10, and while we can't confirm anything at this point it makes perfect sense for Google's next major Android release to jump on the latest long-term Kernel release.

Again, I'm no expert but jumping to version 3.10 should bring more stability, better battery life and performance, security at the kernel level, and improved ARM big.LITTLE support. And those are just a few of many. There's some interesting experimenting going on by Google, and you can find more from the link above or the via below.

VIA: PocketDroid


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  • andrew

    If as you have suggested Android is Linux based, then what is it that Google is
    doing that attracts a much higher proportion of viruses than the other popular
    operating systems.
    Pure Linux distros rarely suffer from infection and as a rule do not require any
    antivirus software.
    Hopefully early next year we will see several smartphone on the market from
    Sony and others running Ubuntu, currently the most popular Linux distribution.

    • Rambir

      Errrrrm, everything can get viruses. You do not build viruses or other malware for the kernel, but the OS, and as a rule, you make it for the most common. Android is a large target as 80 odd percent use it, Ubuntu and Fedora are very uncommon. So why bother when barely anyone uses it. You always need AV as well.