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Google I/O 2013 to Bring Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Instead of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie?

As we are getting closer to Google I/O 2013 debut, which is scheduled to open its gates for the public this may, the rumors regarding the new Android iteration are piling up, and the latest ones do nothing but astonish us.

The guys at Android Police have solid proof that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date will not be at Google I/O 2013, as the search engine giant will introduce Android 4.3, which will be called Jelly Bean.

Well, let’s face it guys there are still a lot of smartphone and tablet makers out there that are still way behind with their updates to the latest version of Android operating system. If the rumors are accurate this might be determinant fact for Google to decide to delay the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date.

It was reported that the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will be indeed delayed and that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is currently in the works for Google I/O event.

Anyway, no matter the version number, the guys at Google proved more than once when it comes to the features implemented in the new Android versions. Just take a look back at Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which was supposed to be a minor update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It brought the buttery smooth Project Butter interface, the highly appreciated Google Now and many other such coodies.

Next in line was Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, also considered a minor Android update. But what did this minor update brought? It brought a bigger button for reporting bugs in Apple Maps? Oh sorry, that was the iOS 6.1 update. Well Android 4.2 Jelly Bean came with 360 degree panorama mode called Photo Sphere, lockscreen widgets, User accounts (for tablets), and the Quick Settings area in the Notifications. Well, a lot of new and useful features for a minor update.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Therefore, after seeing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean being mentioned in the Google code for I/O event which is reportedly coming from official sources, we have to remind that the Android fragmentation might be a good reason for Google not to release Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

What do you think? Will the Google I/O be about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie or Android 4.3 Jelly Bean launch.

  • Josh

    Android was released in October 2008, meaning this October Android will be 5 years old, so it would make sense (knowing Google) that they’d release Android 5.0 then, which is also in-line with a new Nexus iteration; the Nexus 5. The stars are aligning and Google is set to do something special in Q4 this year.

  • linkedblade

    Android Fragmentation doesnt exist. If you say it does then you have to mention iOS fragmentation. Wait, you want to say that doesnt exist? Remind me how the iPhone 3G doesnt have the latest version of iOS. The difference is iOS has only one OEM making the decision to cut updates to a device and Android has many. It would only make sense that phones that are a few years old should no longer receive updates, especially if the hardware doesn’t allow for it. The entire idea that “fragmentation” is an actual problem is bullshit.

    • Flaxx

      iPhone 3G? You’re gonna bring up a 5 year old phone as “fragmentation”? Do you have any idea how many Android devices have been made and abandoned since then? It’s likely in the thousands! The iPhone 3GS, released in 2009 (nearly 4 years ago) is still running the latest version of iOS. The Samsung Galaxy S3, the dominant Android device to-date, is still running Android 4.1. You might wanna rethink what you’ve said.

      • mark

        wow can you say owned 🙂 Nice one FLAXX..
        Sent from my nexus 4 running Jellybean 4.2.2 and laughing at samsuck phones..

  • James Kelly

    Eh, fragmentation is an old story, an un-needed old story at that. I don’t think Google cares that there is fragmentation. And I don’t think they should. You are always going to have older devices that are going to be not compatible with newer versions, just like tablets and laptops (the ones that are coming soon with Intel chips) are going to be different versions even if they are just a tiny bit different. Underneath it all is Android made by Google. I expect the 1st versions of Laptops to be full of bugs, and as time goes on they will get better, just like tablets and phones. Google has proven that they are in it for a win-win for all- even if it means putting as much time as it takes to make a well usable product . Sometimes it doesn’t pan out – Note: Q. Also Note every thing that has been introduced with Android: (phones, laptops, tv’s, fridges, GLASS, tablets, cars, gaming consoles, cameras and anything Google/other manufacturers decides could make better for users). As far as version 4.3 goes, I hope it is a good version that fixes some of 4.2’s quirkiness. My favorite version so far is 4.1. Just my preference. Even though I run 4.2.2. What I can’t wait to try is a Laptop with Android. I can imagine changing my ROM on a Laptop and doing things a Dev created using Googles software. I want that customization and would appriciate a move from MS as long as everything worked including games. Note: VINE may be a cool App. I think 5.0 will bring this to fruitation and if that means I have to wait more than 5 years….. Bring it Google.