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.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a continuation of its previous design, but it's a sleeker and more current version of it. The S4 features a 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. The S4 also packs 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, IR LED Remote Control, MHL 2.0, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE).
The HTC One represents the firm’s latest attempt to regain lost ground in the smartphone market. It is made entirely of aluminum and boasts a large 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display with 468 PPI flanked by two speaker strips with integrated amplifiers. Inside is a 1.7-GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
The Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship handset that shipped along Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (1.3MP front, 8.0MP back), and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Google also baked in NFC support and wireless charging.
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