Google has had no problem drumming up support for the next Android update, especially because it didn't announce any major updates at its annual developer's conference -- Google I/O -- in May. Fans of the operating system have been clamoring for information about the major next upgrade for months, but Google hasn't made any announcements about Android aside from launching a few new apps. Google Keyboard just came out Wednesday, and the company also launched a new cloud service called Google Keep several months ago. However, Google has not made any major adjustments to Android since the release of Android 4.2.2 in November 2012.
For months, Android fans speculated that the next iteration of the operating system -- which has been unofficially dubbed Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie -- would be released at Google I/O 2013, but now that the conference has passed, it's clear that Google has little intention of releasing the next iteration of Android. Instead, the company appears to be planning the release of an incremental upgrade of the operating system dubbed "Android 4.3 Jelly Bean."
Although Google still hasn't confirmed the existence of the incremental upgrade, evidence of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean's existence has been surmounting over the last several weeks. We can't say with any level of certainty what Google's packing into the next generation of its operating system, but here are few things you can expect from the next upgrade of Android.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Release Date
There's been plenty of speculation about when we will finally see the Android's 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, from as early as June 10 to mid-July. Seeing as June 10 is just days away, it seems less likely, but don't write the date off completely. As for July, well, when Google announced that the HTC One Nexus edition would be joining the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus edition in the Google Play Store June 26, it got us looking for clues. But then, last week, LlabTooFer tweeted some early information on the HTC One Nexus Edition, confirming that it will get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update a few weeks following its release (hint, hint... mid-July). The middle of July also appears to be the anniversary of the Nexus 7 when it first hit the shelves one year prior. There is a possibility that Google might release the update on a rumored Nexus 7.2 tablet sometime that week.
Albeit it doesn't provide us with a concrete date just yet, Google has recently teased an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in the new Gmail video. Many readers have pointed out that the clock time used to the app is at 4:30, and in the past it's been said that this usually points to a new Android version. For example, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich videos use 4:00 as the time, as did Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, using 4:20 as their time.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Features
Since the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is essentially an upgrade to the former 4.2.2 version of the Jelly Bean family, we cannot expect to see a vast difference. However, there will be updates that, we'd hope, will improve the overall performance of the device. The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will sport new camera features, a better API, and have support of the Bluetooth Smart, which will help make Android devices compatible with other devices such as fitness-tracker Fitbit Flex or the innovative Pebble watch.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Launch Phones
If the information we've covered so far is correct, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is slated for a mid-July release, then we would expect would to see the upgrade on the remainder of the Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus and HTC One Nexus. As mentioned earlier, if we're even luckier and there is a Nexus 7.2 tablet in the works, we could possibly see Android 4.3 Jelly Bean grace that device as well.
The more chatter that comes about the better, because it gives us all some material to work with. And hope for. Since Google has not made any official announcements just yet, we can only base our beliefs off of what we read. What is for certain, though, is that there is an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (can't see them changing the name) and it will be coming soon. Just like the rest of the Internet, we should see or hear of the upgrade in the summer, whether it's next week or next month, it will happen.