A series of Google Nexus devices apparently running an unannounced version of Jelly Bean have been spotted in Android Authority’s server logs.
Android 4.3 (and various versions of it including Android 4.3.3 and Android 4.3.1) can be seen in the screenshot above. Naturally, user agent profiles can always be faked, but why would anyone go through all that trouble just to try to fool a few tech websites and their readers.
Similarly, we have spotted Android 4.2.2 and Android 4.2 builds in our server logs ahead of their respective launches, so it would make sense to see traces of Google’s next Android versions appear with just a few weeks to go until Google I/O kicks off.
On that note, we’ll remind you that Android Police also spotted the same Android version a few days ago, but its logs showed build JWR23B running on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.
As you can see in the screenshot above, we can easily spot a bunch of Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 running a variety of Android 4.3 versions including JWR25C, JWR24B, and JWR29/JWR29B. We also notice a Nexus 4 running build JDQ39 (Android 4.2.2) which is identified for some reason as Android 4.3.
Of the build versions mentioned above, we spotted JWR25C on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, while JWR24B was seen on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. Build number JWR29/JWR29B has been seen on the Nexus 4.
After digging through the virtual dirt, we found out that visits from these Nexus devices running these Android 4.3 variants were registered in the last week of April, hitting as early as April 29 and coming from a variety of locations, including Google’s Mountain View home in California, other California-based locations, but also London, UK and India.
The screenshot above also shows two other non-Nexus devices running other Android 4.3 versions. One of them is listed as the Huawei U8819 (a model number awfully similar to the Huawei Ascend G300 U8818/U8815) running Android 4.3.3, while the other one is the ADR8995 4G (known to the public as the Pantech Breakout) running Android 4.3.1 (which is interestingly, and probably mistakenly, dubbed as Key Lime Pie).
Mind you, these non-Nexus devices are not flagship handsets, and they’re not even 2013 gadgets either. The Ascend G300 (assuming that’s what U8819 stands for) has been announced in February 2012, while the Pantech Breakout was unveiled in July 2011. Most likely, these devices aren’t running an Android 4.3 version, although we are mentioning them since you can easily spot them in the image above and question them.
While not confirmed, Android 4.3 is most likely another Jelly Bean version. Most of these Android 4.3 builds start with the letter J, therefore it makes a lot of sense to think that Android 4.3 would be a new Jelly Bean version rather than Key Lime Pie.
Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie has not been spotted in our logs at this time – or at least we don’t have any relevant Android 5.x sightings to report other than the strange build name for that Pantech handset above and a variety of Android 5.x entries that were seen mostly in relation with non-Android devices.
As for Key Lime Pie (KLP) itself, we have no way of confirming that Android 5.0 will be called KLP or not, even though that’s what the majority of reports seem to indicate.
Considering the timing of this Android 4.3 apparition, it also makes sense to believe that Google may be interested in releasing a Jelly Bean upgrade at this year’s Google I/O instead of moving directly to the next major Android OS release. That way, the company would give OEMss time to update more devices to Jelly Bean (whatever version) before the next Android version launches, be it KLP or anything else.
Google I/O takes place in May (May 15-17) and we’re certainly interested to see what products Google will unveil. There are plenty of sometimes-conflicting rumors detailing products that could be showcased on stage in a few weeks, from new hardware (a new Nexus tablet and smartphone, a Motorola-made X Phone, new Chromebooks ) to software (new Android OS version, Google Babel) although nothing is confirmed right now – and don’t expect Google to announce all these products at the same event either.