This morning we’ve been hearing quite a bit about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Especially now that it has leaked in the wild for the Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition smartphone. After all those rumors yesterday of updates not coming in a timely fashion, we now see the Play Edition phones possibly getting the latest and greatest from Google first. Imagine that.
Insider sources over at SamMobile, which are likely the same sourced that provided them with the leaked build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, have stated the update right from Google is pegged for sometime in July. After a no-show at Google I/O this year rumors were swirling about a June 20th release date, which never happened, and now we have this.
For those wondering, Android 4.3 is mainly behind-the-scenes updates and changes. We could have a few UI enhancements or additions, but so far nothing is being revealed in these leaks today. However there is a lot of new Bluetooth low energy things on board, but the details are still quite light at the moment.
The leakster confirms that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be arriving for the GPe phones in July, which means we’ll likely see it even sooner for the true Nexus family. So with that, we’re left wondering if we’ll see the update roll out for Nexus devices starting as soon as next week. At the moment anything is possible, but 4.3 is out and in the wild, only a minor software bump, and should be arriving soon.
Now we’ll have to start looking forward to October, where rumors have Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie finally making the rounds. Who’s excited?
I was an update junkie myself, drooling over every minor version update, until I/O ’13. After Google cleverly decoupled the framework from the apps, I’m much more relaxed about these things (which is not to say I wouldn’t be frothing at the corners of my mouth when KLP begins to roll out)