Google’s Manu Cornet has posted a comic illustrating the evolution of Android, and the last image shows the Android mascot holding a slice of key lime pie. All of the previous iterations of Android are depicted in the comic as well, from Jelly Bean, back to Ice Cream Sandwich, then Honeycomb and then Gingerbread straight down the line.
The addition of Key Lime Pie will mark the ninth version of Google’s mobile software to date. Some have speculated that Android 4.2 would be called Key Lime Pie, but Google squashed this rumor when it unveiled the second generation of Jelly Bean in November. Cornet’s illustration hints that Key Lime Pie could be Android 5.0, but no hard announcements have been made.
While the Android mascot’s appearance does not change much throughout the sequence of images, he does seem to grow larger and fuller over time. In the first drawing, Android is tiny and hunched over. But in the final illustration, the green robotic character is standing completely upright and has grown in size. The search giant has not made any announcements concerning Android 5.0 or Key Lime Pie, but rumors indicate that it will be announced at Google’s I/O developers’ conference in May 2013.
This isn’t the first trace of Key Lime Pie to surface on the Internet in recent weeks. The rumored mobile operating system allegedly appeared on a benchmarking website alongside a new smartphone from Sony at the end of November. The specification statistic website NenaMark showed test results for a device labeled Sony LT30i running on Android 5.0.