Sunday, April 28, 2013

4.3 Jelly Bean may become next Android iteration

Google I/O is supposed to start in a couple of weeks and it always has been the stage for announcement of new Android versions. Although it was being suggested previously that this release will be of Android 5.0, whose name was confirmed as Key Lime Pie by a Google employee back in December, there hasn't been anything concrete to back this up. But according to a recent build being seen in the server logs of Android, we may not get Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at Google I/O 2013 and instead Google may go with Android 4.3 JellyBean to give OEMs and developers some breathing space.

A build, Android 4.3 JWR23B, was spotted in the server logs. While these can be faked but the IP address was traced back to two Google employees thus putting it in Google's affinity.

The starting letter of the build, "J", means that it is going to be named JellyBean as the first letter of the build is always same as the first letter of the version name. Moreover, Google doesn't give a name to its build until and unless they are ready to be released in short period of time, maybe a couple of weeks. Also version numbers aren't assigned to internal test releases and the fact that while Android 4.3 has been spotted, Android 5.0 is still in hiding which may imply that we may get to see Android 4.3 JellyBean as the new Android iteration at this year's Google I/O.

While this may mean that we are almost sure that next Android iteration will be Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, there is still no information on what new features we should expect from Google to bake in its next Android version. But Google I/O isn't that far off now and it is safe to assume that all the mystery surrounding Android's future should be revealed by the time it ends.


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