Android Jelly Bean – the Android 5.0 successor to Ice Cream Sandwich – could be heading our way sooner than we thought and it could come with the ability to switch to Windows 8.

Taiwanese website DigiTimes has reported that vendors claim Google is planning an Android 5 launch in Q2 – even though only one per cent of devices are running the current Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

The surprisingly early release is explained by Jelly Bean having its sights on tablets and netbooks – a fact reinforced by the rumour that it would also be able to dual-boot with Windows 8.

If that’s the case then you could expect a whole slew of new dual-OS products on the market later this year, with users able to use Android for lightweight, web-based tasks and Windows for more power-hungry computing.

We’re taking the rumours with a hefty pinch of salt until we have more verification, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for Jelly Beans in the meantime…

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