Google likely to announce Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, not Key Lime Pie, at Google I/O this year

Daniel Bader

April 29, 2013 2:02pm

An increasingly convincing body of evidence is emerging to convince us of Google’s Android plans for Google I/O. Instead of releasing a major version like Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, the rumoured name and number for the company next release, it will instead likely introduce an iterative update to Android 4.3, maintaining the name Jelly Bean.

Much of the proof has been found in IP logs that are available to many web administrators. They point to a new version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.3, with a build number of JWR23B. Android Police posted examples of this from their server logs coming from both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7, all of which emerged from IP addresses in Google’s range.

There are also several examples of developers citing this build in various bug trackers around Google products, suggesting that its launch is imminent. Because the build starts with “J,” it’s easy to assume that it’s part of the same family of code as the previous two major Jelly Bean releases; Google assigns the first letter of the name to each corresponding build.

Google has also never launched a major version of Android at Google I/O. Android 4.1 was announced last summer, and Android 2.2 was launched at Google I/O in 2010. While Android 3.1 Honeycomb was exposed at Google I/O 2011, its significance would go on to be undermined as merely “aesthetic” in future releases.

That being said, even though Jelly Bean has been around for over a year now, there still seem to be a few major bugs to squash. Android 4.2 has not been a smooth upgrade for many users, especially those running the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, as it introduced significant slowdown, animation glitches, camera instability and more. Overall, while Android 4.2 seemed to be a fairly minor upgrade to end user, it actually made a number of significant modifications to the Android case base, and Google may believe it has another minor upgrade to fix any remaining bugs.

Google I/O is coming on May 15th, and we’ll be there to cover all the announcements, major or otherwise. You can certainly expect a faster, Qualcomm-powered Nexus 7, as well as a rumoured 32GB LTE-powered Nexus 4. There will be a much higher prevalence of Glass users at this year’s jaunt, too, and you can bet on a few more surprises as well.

Source: Android Police

  • EvanKrosney

    Too bad, I was really hoping for a new N7 with Key Lime Pie. I guess it makes sense though, back in the pre-ICS days we had 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, so it only makes sense to have 4.0-4.3 before moving onto 5.0.

    Either way, I’m still looking forward to this year’s IO conference. If we see a 1080p N7 at $200, I’ll most certainly be picking it up on launch day. Bring it on!

    • Mir Osamah Ali

      And a Nexus 4 LTE version.

    • Gsizzle

      32 GB*

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    Not sure if that 4.3 is any good, still my S3 is running on 4.1.2

    • Rico Poetra

      At least get on to 4.2.2

  • Gsizzle

    That’s what I said earlier in the “Apple announcing iOS 7” article that Android 5.0 has been pushed back and folks didn’t believe me.

    I am credible.

    • EvanKrosney

      Congratulations. Would you like an award?

    • Gsizzle

      Yes, preferably a cookie.

    • EvanKrosney

      Well, based on what I read today, you’re definitely not getting any key lime pie!

    • N2fw

      maybe 5.0 wasn’t pushed back, more likely it never was to be released this year except in the minds of the same people who think the next Nexus is coming from LG at Google I/O too

    • Gsizzle

      They will most likely launch it this year with the release of the Nexus 5 or Motorola X. That’s a definitely given.

    • N2fw

      the next “letter” iteration will probably be based on 4.4 or 4.5 there is no reason for Google to leap that far ahead with Android when the majority of its users are still adjusting to Ice Cream Sandwich. This is the one thing that Google can control with regards to Android fragmentation. The idea is to stabilize the platform for 200 million users, not alienate your users & developer base for the sake of satiating 200k Nexus users

  • Dave Grant

    Is it possible that this is an intended misdirection by Google to create dropped jaws when they release Android 5.0 at IO?

  • TomsDisqusted

    As an Android fan I commend Daniel for calling it like it is: 4.2 was not ready when it was released. My Nexus devices were somehow spared most of the misery, but I’ve read enough to accept that Google made a mistake. I hope that their (likely) decision to only release 4.3 indicates some determination to not repeat that mistake by resisting the crowd’s desire for a big release.

  • SaberX

    The calm before the storm. 5.0 KLP will hit harder than anything you have ever seen before…

  • Gregg Lowden

    Welcome news, too much “new” hardware on the market and simply getting manufacturers to stay current is challenge enough. Aside from Nexus and S4 how many run 4.2.2 already? Wish Google would impose a fee or penalty in the license to speed up deployment to current versions. If you deploy a current build on release you save. If you ship a previous and fail within 6 months impose a penalty next round. Each month delayed you pay more. Waiting a year to see your 4.0 phone updated to 4.1.1 while 4.2.2 current is a joke. Doubtful to slow the market any amount.

  • Gitarooman

    maybe they can add multi screen support as a built in feature.

  • Poodz

    Also, if they keep 4.3 as Jelly Bean, they can say more people have the latest version of android “Jelly Bean”. Kinda cheeky. As soon as they release something called Key Lime Pie, they’re back to Nexus-only devices again.

  • HKPolice

    What wallpaper is that in the Nexus4?

  • Dennis Kao

    Give us the wallpaper. Now.

  • Jonathan G.

    I was holding off on getting a N4 because I wasn’t to impressed by the phone but if it gets announced that a 32GB model is being released along with 4.3 being shipped with the phone then I may just pick up the phone.

  • ElNad

    I’m at 4.2.2 (Vanilla Rootbox with Franco Kernel) on my Gnex and the experience is horrible. The animations are slow, everything seems more laggy than when the phone was on 4.1.2 (Codename Android with Franco). I really hope 4.3 will solve performance problems or I’m back on 4.1.2 indefinitly.

    As for 4.3, I hope they finally add Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) on Android because it’s becoming a joke. iPhone had this feature since the 4S soo not having BLE in 2013 is stupid. And no, I’m not going to buy a S3 or S4 at 700$ or have a 3 years contract just for this feature. It’s supposed to be there in the OS in the first place. Come on Google, show people that do physical activities some love.