Android 4.3 Jelly Bean spotted in the wild, expected next week

By on May 8, 2013, 5:30 PM

The next version of Google’s mobile operating system is already in the wild according to a number of reports around the web. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean hasn’t been officially announced yet but is already being field tested – effectively pushing back the launch date of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie to sometime later this year.

SlashGear recently discovered 17 instances of a device running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean connecting to their servers on May 5. The origin of the hits is unknown but an educated guess would likely point to somewhere around Google’s Mountain View headquarters.

Another source indicates that the Nexus 4 LTE has been seen running the OS and that 4.3 will carry support for new technologies like Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and OpenGL ES 3.0. BLE, as the name suggests, reduces power consumption without affecting connectivity range. OpenGL ES 3.0 will improve overall graphics, we’re told.

It’s no surprise that Android version 4.3 is already out there considering most expect to see it unveiled at next week’s I/O conference in San Francisco. Well let me take that back… most expected to see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at next week’s event but with these 4.3 sightings, that's not likely to happen.

One way or another, it's very likely Google still has a ton of new features in store for the next Android update but you’ll have to stick around until next week to learn all about them.

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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I knew this would happen. It was simply too early for Key Lime Pie. KLP will be out on the next Nexus, most likely announced in September or October.

(Some rumor Motorola is up next for the Nexus flag.)

I'm pretty sure this version of JB will have even more progress on Project Butter. The real question--seeing how the announcement is now inevitable--is, when will non-Nexus devices get it? I hope CM picks it up as as fast as they picked up 4.2.2, which was in less than a week of it being released.

As for non-rooted phones, well... welcome to Android.

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

(Some rumor Motorola is up next for the Nexus flag.)

Gotta love rumors. That's why I never believe em.


veLa veLa said:

Well Motorola is making the so called 'X Phone', which would probably be fairly close to stock android and should have some decent specs. We can only hope that it's not just a match for other current gen devices like the One/S4 and actually surpasses them in performance/abilities.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Oh well, I'll upgrade my Android phone when 'Custard Slice' gets released. That reminds me, it's almost dinner time.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Looking forward to it, I have yet to root my S4 but will do it anyday soon. I wonder what they will call the next one though (from Jelly Bean to?)

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Then 6 out next year after the release of 5. They need to make sure they fix the glitches but they don't seem to be doing that.

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