Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update to Arrive in June or July, Will Be a Minor Update

White Nexus 4

The reason why Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was not launched at Google I/O 2013 seems to be simpler than initially thought: the software update is not that important, but rather an improved version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Moreover, there are some rumors saying that Google didn’t announce Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on purpose, in order give more times to the hardware manufactures to update their latest devices to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

As you probably know, we were supposed to get Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie according to the rumor mill, but the Mountain View-based company changed its mind and it seems that the Android 4.3 will also be Jelly Bean flavored. According to Taylor Wimberly, Android and Me founder, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will debut synchronized with the white Nexus 4, which will hit Google Play Store on June 10th. What will Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update bring? Among others it will most likely come with API improvements for developers, Bluetooth Smart support, and OpenGL ES 3.0 support.

Of course, there are other theories about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: according to Stefan Constantinescu from Android Beat, who said that even tough the white Nexus 4 is real, Android 4.3 will debut on a new Nexus 7 during a special event in July.

It’s interesting though that the new apps and services launched by Google at I/O (Maps, Play Gaming, Play Music All Access and Hangouts) will not be bound to the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, thus most of the Android terminals currently on the market will get them without a firmware update.

As about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, I don’t thing we’ll get it sooner than October. Google will celebrate Android’s 5th birthday in October, thus the Mountain View-based company might celebrate this occasion with the launch of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and Nexus 5. The stars are really aligning for Google.

  • Kenny Strawn

    Actually, November 5 would be Android’s 6th this year… if you count the Beta. Without counting the beta, that would place the “5th birthday” you were talking about on September 23 of this year, not in October…

    • km3k

      They’re probably referring to the 5th anniversary of the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, which was released October 22, 2008.

    • Isaac Riley Davis

      September 23rd is my birthday!!! I feel a pretty good present coming on.

  • Jon Harding

    So… 5 Nexus devices on the 5th birthday rockin 5.0 ? Anybody?

  • 0neTw0

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