Android 4.2 spotted: Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus, Motorola RAZR Nexus and Motorola Nexus tablet

by: Chris SmithOctober 7, 2012

Word on the street is that Google will announce a new incremental Android update when unveiling this year’s new Nexus-branded handsets, Android 4.2, which is apparently still going to be called Jelly Bean. And it looks like the new software version has already been spotted in server logs by Android Police.

These are probably Googlers that are testing Android 4.2 on various mobile devices including the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

  • Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 7 Build/JOO92B
  • Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 7 Build/JOP02B
  • Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOP04C
  • Linux; Android 4.2; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOO92B
  • Linux; Android 4.2; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOP04

As you can see, the build number for each device stats with the letter “J,” which suggests that Android 4.2 is still going to be called Jelly Bean:

As you may know, Google’s OS naming scheme corresponds to sequential letters of the alphabet, Jelly Bean being “J.” You may also know that the first letter in Nexus device OS build numbers share that letter. When the version number of Android changes as part of a major release, so does the letter. But here, we’re seeing it hasn’t, suggesting that Android 4.2 is most likely a pretty incremental update. Might that change by the time it becomes official? It’s certainly possible, but given how close we are to a likely launch, we wouldn’t count on it.

But the publication has also spotted a couple of new devices that run Android 4.2, and Motorola apparently makes them both:

  • Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOO92B
  • Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOP04B
  • Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOP04C
  • Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; occam Build/JOP03B
  • Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-gb; occam Build/JOP03B
  • Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; occam Build/JOP04
  • Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP04C
  • Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP03
  • Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP05

One is a smartphone codenamed Occam, which is a hint at the RAZR family of phones – Occam’s Razor. What is Occam’s Razor? Here’s what Wikipedia says:

It is a principle stating that among competing hypotheses, the one which makes the fewest assumptions should be selected

According to Occam’s Razor, it makes sense to assume that the Occam is actually a Motorola RAZR handset. But will it be a RAZR Nexus handset or are we looking at one of the recently launched RAZRs? It certainly makes sense to see Motorola develop Nexus devices, considering that Google is ready to let multiple Android device maker jump on the Nexus program bandwagon, not to mention that Motorola is, after all, a Google subsidiary.

The other is a tablet, codenamed Manta, and it could be a “new Motorola Nexus tablet,” although that’s also just speculation for now:

Given that the Nexus 7’s name is “grouper,” and only Motorola devices have previously been named after rays [the Xoom’s codename was Stingray and Wingray, one for Verizon’s edition and one for the Wi-Fi version], it seems very possible we’re looking at a new Motorola Nexus tablet. However, the other possibility is that it’s simply a larger Nexus tablet, just not made by Motorola. The logic for the alternative is that the XOOM was a large device, and that perhaps Manta simply means another big tablet. Nexus 10, anybody?

Android Police makes some clever connections based on what is known of Google’s way of doing things, but nothing is official until Google sings. What’s clear though is that the next Android iteration is Android 4.2, and should come in the coming weeks. Anyone excited?

  • kennedy myril

    Count me in, I’m excited as f*ck.

  • haha

    late as always Android authority

    • 21plays

      who was first?

      • bytewise

    • Sheik Mohamed

      you are right dude!!

  • Anirudh Singh

    Road runner!

  • “Android Police makes some clever connections” I wonder why are we still here!

    • sheik


  • hekiyou student council

    10″ nexus tablet to read comic books, plus 3G connectivity an i’m in

  • tyler durden

    Still waiting for 4.1 :-(

    • Google needs to slow down w/ new versions of android .. most people dont ICS and even fewer have JB !! Now you want to release 4.2? Also there will not be a big differ JB to 4.2 just like from ICS to JB. Slow down allow users to catch up. I say give JB another yeah, then release 4.2.

      • No they don’t. Let the technology evolve.

        • whats the point in letting evolve if you get a device and 2 months later the hardware and software is “out of date” and you wont see an update for another yr. then by the time you get that updated the newest software is already out ..

          let it evolve but also let it evenly distributed amongst all devices and carriers !!

      • Jakub

        Why? Because HTS Samsung and others are slow with updates? And do you really think that this is reason to stop progress? I don’t think so.

        • *HTC ?!?!?

          No that has nothing to do w/ it. its like downloading an app. just because they updated it dsnt mean they arent working on the next update. that not what I want. But when they do updated they update it for every device that supports that app .. no just tmo phones or vzw, or sprint or cdma, or gsm !!

      • eccles11

        Google delaying the next version isn’t going to get you ICS any quicker.

        • True however it also certainly isnt keeping customers around when the customer knows they will never have the most up to date software as soon as they buy a phone .. fluent seamless updates .. thats not hard to ask for !!

      • This is why people buy nexus devices.

        • Take it you dnt have vzw or sprint .. if you did you wouldnt be saying that because the delay in updates

    • Jared Persinger

      I have to wait until around new years how about you?

    • sheik

      Flash it you dummy. CyanogenMod works great. If you fret to root, wait forever as the carriers or OEMS delay the updates forever.

    • I remember when I was waiting for 4.1. All you have to do is download the nexus root toolkit 1.5.3 by wugfresh, unlock the boatloader, then click the factory restore/ unroot button. The root toolkit will guide you through all of this.

  • Adam Smith

    Maybe jelly bean will have a lot of updates like gingerbread, but instead of 2.3.X it’ll be 4.1+

    • Sheik Mohamed

      Yep, But even though its a incremental update we will be getting a whole new experience with 4.2 since Customization center is gonna be added with this update. As a cherry for the whole cake, google’s gonna launch project Road runner which improves the battery life by optimizing the software according to each device. Keeping my fingers crossed that what would be other features

  • jezza

    RAZR nexus . . you better NOT be a Verizon exclusive

    • ooohhaaahh

      the razr isn’t exclusive, get the gsm one or flash the verizon one

  • cman14

    motorolla, pure android, most likely on verizon… I NEED A TIME MACHINE NOW! I WANT THIS SHIT!

  • Adam Outler

    I hardly believe a new version would carry the same name. 2.1,2.2 and 2.3 all got a new name.

    • Anon

      2.0 & 2.1 are named the same thing, Eclair.

    • Neville Dipale

      Most people seem to have forgotten that the Android team said they’re going to slow down with new Android releases. This they said at the Google I/O this year. I was expecting 4.2 to still carry the Jelly Bean name.

      Whatever reason for the bump from 4.1.2 to 4.2 must be big, but as long as they keep to Jelly Bean more manufacturers and developers will catch up from Gingerbread to ICS and hopefully JB. My next Android’s definitely a Nexus, learnt my lesson

  • lukeab

    Jelly Bean? The J could be “Jam Sammich!” which I condone! or “jammy dodger”. Though the first would probably be with correct spelling.

    I know their pattern is to increment the alphabetic character, but what is there that starts with K? Kandi? Kocacola? “Key Lime Pie”? (previously mentioned on Android Police) I don’t think so!
    So I bet on something Jammy in the next release, also, I want all the Motorolla Nexus stuff so bad! :)

  • I hope this will come to nexus s :/

  • frank

    The nexus 7 is amazing the sound system is unbelievable. It I’d a joy to operate I waited 6 weeks to get one best200 dollars I ever spent

  • jukka

    Someone from Google is surfing our web site with the following device:
    Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 10 Build/JOP10C) AppleWebKit/535.19 (KHTML, like Gecko)