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Next version of Android: 4.3, not 5.0; Jelly Bean again, not Key Lime Pie


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Evidence is mounting that the next release of the Android OS won't be 5.0 'Key Lime Pie' as had been widely expected, but rather version 4.3 - an incremental 'Jelly Bean' update.

In recent weeks and months, the tech community has increasingly referred to the next release of Android as version 5.0, or ‘Key Lime Pie’. Since version 1.5 (Cupcake), major updates to Android have gained a delicious codename beginning with the next letter in the alphabet, and as it has widely been assumed that the next version would make the leap to 5.0 from the current version, 4.2.2 (the latest Jelly Bean release), a dessert beginning with the letter K has seemed like a reasonable assumption.

It now appears, however, that we may need to cast those assumptions aside. Artem Russakovskii from Android Police has been doing some digging with the help of his readers, and has discovered evidence that the next Android release won’t be called Key Lime Pie, and won’t even be version 5.0.


No Key Lime Pie for you :-( ...yet.

Artem has identified Android builds via server logs, and traced them back to two separate IP ranges, each “corresponding to Google employees… that have a lot to do with Android”. He adds that these IPs are in the same range “that had previously clued us in to some of the unreleased versions of Android before they were announced”.

The devices seen via the server logs are the Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 7 tablet, using a build identified as Android 4.3 JWR23B. As Artem notes, the first letter of the build code matches its corresponding dessert name, which in this case points to another Jelly Bean release. This would also suggest that the next Android update won’t be a major new release, but rather an incremental refinement of the existing Jelly Bean offering.

While there is plenty of evidence mounting that points to a 4.3 Jelly Bean release – including this recent post on Reddit – it’s not yet clear if Google will still announce 5.0 at its I/O conference in a few weeks’ time. Google has traditionally used its developer-focused event as a launch pad for its major Android OS updates, but it’s been rumoured that the company may have decided to delay Android 5.0 in order to give OEMs some ‘breathing room’.

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