With Google I/O just around the corner, all the speculation has settled around whether Google will announce its next big release of Android during the event. Believed to be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, was expected to be the operating system sat on top of whatever new hardware is announced during the developer focused event.
Now though, it is beginning to look more and more likely that we will be decidedly Key Lime Pie-less, at least for the near future, after it was noticed that users of a version of Android 4.3 have been cropping up on various server logs across the internet.
What’s more, those logs also suggest that Android 4.3 is actually going to be a new version of Jelly Bean, rather than the expected Key Lime Pie. According to a report, the ‘J’ designation of Android 4.3′s version number suggests that Jelly Bean will be its name, assuming Google follows its past form for such things.
Whilst it is known that faking such things wouldn’t be too difficult for would-be pranksters, a little detective work has discovered that the IP addresses showing in server logs that outed the new version of Android point to them coming from inside Google, with one forum commenter apparently being part of the company’s Chromium team.
It was recently rumored that Google had decided to hold off launching Android 5.0 due to pressure from hardware partners who have not been able to update their phones to Jelly Bean and don’t want their handsets to be a full point-0 version out of date. Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date was originally scheduled for I/O this year. Is Google getting around such concerns by dropping the version number to 4.3 and sticking it under the Jelly Bean name? The question now, if that is indeed the case, is whether that means Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will see the same new features as it would if it was still called Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
We’re guessing at this point, but with Google I/O not far away – less than a month to go – we shouldn’t have to wait too long for some confirmation. Until then, we’re off to trawl out server logs to see what we can see!
We’re expecting a lot of things from Google I/O this year, with a 32GB Nexus 4 with 4G LTE capabilities on the cards. It’s a high probability that I/O would skip the big 5.0 update and announce 4.3 instead.