Google accidentally outs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean via Play store
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) appears to have mistakenly revealed the next version of its Android mobile operating system, which the company is expected to formally announce next week during its annual I/O developer conference.
For a brief time Thursday, the Google Play storefront description for the unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ smartphone billed the device as "soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean." The slip--since removed from the store--appears to confirm the imminent launch of the latest Android platform update, the first since Google unveiled Android 4.0 (a.k.a. "Ice Cream Sandwich") at last year's I/O event. (Google supplies a dessert-inspired nickname to all major Android overhauls.)
Additional information on Android 4.1 is scarce, although a Google Play screenshot suggests a few tweaks to the current Ice Cream Sandwich user interface including a revamped search bar along the top of the touchscreen.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich delivers the tablet-optimized innovations introduced in the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update to all devices in an effort to reduce platform fragmentation. Google has promised that moving forward, the same version of Android will run across all devices, regardless of screen size. A year after its formal introduction, Ice Cream Sandwich sightings remain rare: Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that only 7.1 percent of all Android devices run a version of 4.0.
Android devices make up 50.8 percent of the U.S. smartphone market according to comScore data issued earlier this month. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS follows at 31.4 percent.
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