Pictures showing a Nexus 4 handset running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean have hit the web suggesting that the next Android OS version may soon be launched.
As you can see in the image gallery below, several images have been snapped of this particular Nexus 4 model, and Android 4.3 is clearly shown. We’ve seen this particular Android version in various reports, not to mention our very own server logs. Since then, we speculated that Android 4.3 is a Jelly Bean version considering that the build numbers associated with Android 4.3 server log sightings all started with the letter J.
According to these images, the Android 4.3 build number on this Nexus 4 is JWR45B, which suggests again this is still a Jelly Bean version – but then again, one of the images clearly tells us that the handset is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, just check out that Easter Egg.
The pictures have been taken at Thailand Mobile Expo, but unfortunately there are no details about Android 4.3’s features at this time. One picture does show a changed camera menu, with buttons appearing around the shutter button.
We’re yet to see an official Android 4.3 announcement from Google, although there are several indications that a new Android version will be unveiled at some point in the near future. Despite missing in action at Google I/O, an announcement of a next Android version has been hinted by the company, which quietly issued a press release a day after the keynote to announce that a future Android version would support Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth low energy or BLE).
Recently, a rumor also suggested that Android 4.3 will be launched on June 10 alongside a white Nexus 4, although that date is yet to be confirmed. Coincidentally, that’s when WWDC 2013’s keynote is scheduled.