Rumor Mill: Google to unveil Android 4.3 at I/O 2013, Key Lime Pie delayed

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While most onlookers expect Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) will introduce the next version of its Android mobile operating system during its annual I/O developer conference, new evidence suggests the company will not unveil the much-rumored Android 5.0, a.k.a. Key Lime Pie, but will instead roll out Android 4.3, nicknamed Jelly Bean like its immediate predecessors.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Google may roll out Android 4.3 is the second version of Jelly Bean.

Based on server log data, Android Police reports that Google engineers are currently trialing Android 4.3 JWR23B, noting that the first letter of the build is always the same as the first letter of the Android version name. While acknowledging that server logs can be faked, Android Police said it has tracked the IP range to Google itself, specifically to two employees "that have a lot to do with Android. It's the same IP range that had previously clued us in to some of the unreleased versions of Android before they were announced." One of the devices in question is a Nexus 7, and the other is a Nexus 4; Nexus-branded products are always the first to receive Android updates.

Android Police adds there several recent comments posted to Google's official Chromium bug tracker list JWR23B as a build number, lending additional credibility to the Android 4.3 rumors. Moreover, with I/O 2013 scheduled to kick off May 15 in San Francisco, server log data indicates no trace of Android 5.x or any builds beginning with the letter "K"--Google typically begins trialing new Android versions a few weeks prior to launch.

Google unveiled the current Android Jelly Bean 4.2 in October 2012. Android 4.1, also dubbed Jelly Bean, debuted at I/O 2012 last June.

Android Police previously reported Google would premiere Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at I/O 2013, based on a series of internal Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) roadmap slides stating the Android 5.0 "K-release," or "Key Lime Pie," would surface in "spring 2013." Soon after publishing the slides, Android Police removed the post, substituting a statement reading "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 may have made of this information."

Qualcomm supplies chipsets for a large number of Android devices, so it is considered likely that Google keeps the firm dialed in to its Android platform plans. Qualcomm's scramble to remove the leaked slides from the Web appeared to lend additional credibility to a Key Lime Pie springtime rollout.

For more:
- read this Android Police article

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