OK, so now it’s finally settled. The next version of Android will be 4.1 Jelly Bean.
We’ve known about the playful codename for many months now, but it was only in February when we heard the first rumblings about the version number not being 5.0 (as was initially assumed by everyone in the blogosphere). And last month the oft-rumored Asus-made Nexus tablet showed up in a benchmark running… Android 4.1. If that wasn’t confirmation enough for you, what follows has to be.
Today, for a short while, the Google Play Store showed the following snippet when you tried to order a Samsung Galaxy Nexus:
Yes, you read that right. The Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And that will apparently happen soon. Furthermore, the tiny image showing the phone was also changed for the same short while, possibly showing a very pixelated Jelly Bean homescreen, complete with changed search bar (compared to Ice Cream Sandwich) and a new default wallpaper.
So what does this mean? Well, first of all it’s almost a given that Jelly Bean will get unveiled next week during Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference. And there will be no new Nexus phone announcements in the near future. That’s because the Galaxy Nexus is said to be the first phone to get Android 4.1.
And if Google sticks to its fall announcement schedule for new phone hardware, it’s going to be interesting to see if the next Nexus phone will come with a new version of the OS (as has been the case until now), newer than Jelly Bean, or not.
Alongside Jelly Bean, Google’s first Nexus tablet will probably get shown next week too. This has been leaked countless times until now, so it’s almost certainly real. And that snippet in the image above gives us a small hint about it too. See, the Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to run the new OS version. So it’s entirely conceivable that the first device to run it will be the Nexus 7 or whatever Google’s tablet ends up being called.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that only the internationally-sold, HSPA+ version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is being offered in the Google Play Store direct to consumers in the US. So it’s safe to assume that, just as was the case with the Android 4.0.4 update, carrier-specific versions of the smartphone, even if it’s still called Nexus, will get Jelly Bean later. Let’s just hope it won’t be a lot later.
Via Droid Life
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