Android 4.3 Jelly Bean arriving by August at the latest

News Paul Briden 08:45, 16 May 2013

Android 4.3 is arriving in the next few months, according to reports. Will it be on the Nexus 5 or Google's stock Android Samsung Galaxy S4?

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean wasn’t announced during the Google I/O keynote, possibly because the company also didn’t announce any new flagship Nexus devices to debut it on, but the new build is apparently coming very shortly according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (BSIG).

A report from AndroidandMe says that the BSIG released a statement to bloggers after the Google I/O keynote which claimed there would be an update to Android shortly which would introduce Bluetooth Smart functionality. On Twitter a representative of the group quoted ‘a couple short months’, suggesting that we’ll see a new Android version by July or the beginning of August at the latest.

The next build is widely rumoured to be 4.3 Jelly Bean. Previously Android Key Lime Pie 5.0 was expected, but server logs ahead of Google I/O showed devices accessing numerous websites with a build designated as 4.3 and with the letter ‘J’ suggesting Jelly Bean. It was thought Google would announce the new build at Google I/O on some new flagship Nexus hardware and a variety of devices were rumoured including a Nexus 5 handset, Nexus 4 LTE reboot, a re-designed Nexus 7 with Full HD display and a Nexus 11 tablet. But, none of these turned up.

Assuming Android 4.3 does turn up around July is it possible we’ll be seeing one or more of these rumoured Nexus devices appearing at a separate Google event? It’s a possibility. However, Google has already announced it will be launching a Samsung Galaxy S4 via its Google Play store which will run stock Android and this is pegged to arrive in June – it’s plausible this could be the flagship device for Android 4.3.

We’ll be keeping an eye on things and will let you know if we hear more on this subject.

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