Google to split Android Jelly Bean among five manufacturers

Google to split Android Jelly Bean among five manufacturers

Google is rumoured to be planning to split its new Android operating system, Jelly Bean, between five different handset manufacturers.

Rather than focusing on one flagship Nexus device, Android 5.0 will feature on a range of Nexus smartphones and tablets, all released at once, marking a significant shift in strategy.

Currently Google has used one manufacturer, usually Samsung, but the new strategy would see a host of devices hit the market at the same time, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Previous iterations of Google operating system have taken some time to reach the market, as manufacturers took a while to produce hardware that made the most of the newest version of Android.

Another reason many experts believe Google will allow manufacturers access to the OS is the threat of the internet giant's plans for Motorola.

It is currently unclear if Google will maintain the use of Nexus across all devices as the firm is staying tight-lipped about the move.