Google is thought to be replacing their current Android 4.0 ICS OS with the brand new Android 5.0 Jelly Bean later this year, if reports are to be believed. Yes, that is the name that was hinted at recently.

There is no disputing the dominance of smartphones, which became a quick and easy enemy for Apple. Whether customers use O2 or Vodaphone as their provider, the phones are popular with consumers. We’ve barely had time to enjoy Google’s brand new Android 4.0 operating system. In fact, it is so new that the Ice Cream Sandwich updates have barely been available to us. Google seem to want to replace it already with 5.0.

This is all just speculation, but Jelly Bean is tipped for a 2012 release. We’ve been guessing on what the next generation after Ice Cream Sandwich would be called, and Jelly Bean certainly doesn’t sound too far off the mark, considering its predecessors, that have included Gingerbread and Honeycomb.

Of course there has been no word from Google about the latest version, but the Android supporter Asus may have unintentionally confirmed the name for the final piece of software. When they spoke to Rech Radar during MWC 2012, Asus hinted that their close relationship with Google could see them feature as one of the initial brands to use the Android 5.0 update.

Corporate Vice President of Asus, Benson Lin said: “Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.”

Ultimately Jelly Bean will soon be replaced by Android 5.5 or 6 eventually, considering the speed of which they are churning the systems out. Not until we get to try it out first though.