It has been rumored that the next Android build is still going to be a Jelly Bean and it seems people waiting for the Android 5.0 which could be code named Key Lime Pie should wait a good while. The next version of Android is supposed to be released during an event in Google I/O this year. The code for the Android 4.3 is going to be JWR23B, the initial J and the ending B signalling the build to be a iteration of Android Jelly Bean.
Rumor also has it that Google I/O 2013 will see the launch of the Nexus 5 with a Snapdragon 600 chipset and a 5-inch 1080p display. The handset is thought to be made by LG Electronics Inc. (KSC:066570), and would basically be a slightly more petite sister phone to the Optimus G Pro.
First spotted by Redditor DanRant, Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) WLAN drivers and a post by a Chrome developer reference a mysterious “Jelly Bean MR2” (MR2 possibly meaning milestone release 2). Again, these clues point to a Jelly Bean released, not a leap to 5.0.
The next major build of Android has been showing up in logs and reports on servers as Android 4.3 JWR23B. Android builds normally appear in logs with their numbers followed by their letters. Both J and B are present in the software’s codename leading the Reddit user to believe that Android will at least announce one more major build of JellyBean before Key Lime Pie hits smartphones and tablets.
Leaked server logs supposedly traced to Google employees show updates of a Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet to Android 4.3, with a build string that starts with ‘J’, indicating that it’s still Jelly Bean. The official Chromium bug tracker also has recent comments that list JWRxxx or JWQxxx as build numbers, strengthening the possibility that this leak is the real deal.
Last, but not least, there was a rumor floating around that Google was pushing back Android 5.0, to give OEMs more time to update to Jelly Bean. Currently only 25 percent of Android devices (roughly) are running Jelly Bean. Critics of Android complain that carriers have been overly slow in updating handsets to the latest release of Android.
Android users shouldn’t expect any huge update from this release but some great UI and optimizations. And to people using custom Android ROMs, they can expect developers to port these changes pretty fast. Developers might not face hurdles trying to port with the new base. And since Android 4.2.2 ROMs are selling down as stable ROMs, this will come as a great news to the Android community.
So what do you guys think? Will this update be awesome?