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Qualcomm leak says Android Key Lime Pie due in Spring

Android owners may get a taste of Key Lime Pie this spring, according to leaked slides from a Qualcomm presentation that tips a springtime arrival for the next Android operating system update.

The report hit several websites at last week but by Friday details had largely been scrubbed from the Internet, as Qualcomm officials demanded that a handful of tech blogs remove the copyrighted information. Qualcomm's actions suggested that the news was legitimate, CNET pointed out.

Android Police first published the leaked Qualcomm slides on Wednesday, but has since removed the post, replacing it with the following statement: "The information previously posted at this URL contained Qualcomm confidential and copyrighted information that was posted without Qualcomm's authorization. It has been removed at Qualcomm's request. Please immediately destroy any copies that you have made of this information." The Android Authority site displays the same message.

The slides reportedly contained references to Google's "K-release," a reference to the next version of Android, which uses terms for sweets and desserts in its alphabetical code naming scheme. The current version of Android is Jelly Bean and the next will be Key Lime Pie.

As The Verge reported, there was more in the leaked slides than just the "K-release" reference. They also included details about Qualcomm's future chip development which the chip maker likely didn't want made public.

Qualcomm declined to comment to us on the matter, saying that the company has not made any announcements about the future Android OS yet. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dubbed Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, the next mobile OS from Google is expected to arrive any time between March and June - possibly during the annual Google I/O event scheduled for May 15-17. During last year's industry event, Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Depending on timing, it is possible that the rumoured Motorola "X Phone" could also hit shelves at the same time, perhaps as the first device to carry the new operating system.