New Android builds starting with the letter “K” have been apparently spotted in the wild running on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4, suggesting that Google may already be testing Key Lime Pie.
Key Lime Pie has long been rumored to be the name of the next major Android update. Furthermore, KLP was mostly associated with Android 5.0 and was expected to arrive at Google I/O at least until the first Android 4.3 builds were spotted, suggesting Google wasn’t ready to move away from Jelly Bean.
The new “K” builds – specifically KRS36B – have been spotted at the Chromium Project in a fresh bug report. Assuming it’s not a mistake, we may be looking at Google’s next Android update.
In case you were not aware of it, all Jelly Bean builds start with the letter “J.” Similarly, all Ice Cream Sandwich builds start with the letter “I,” and we could do this with older Android versions – the pattern is the same. The current Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version has build version JWR66V.
Therefore, the move to the next letter can only mean a new Android version is in testing, and this wouldn’t be the first time an Android version was spotted online way ahead of its release.
Also worth remembering is that the Wall Street Journal had a story in late June on Google’s next Android version and called it “K release.” According to the publication, “K release” will support low-end devices and other hardware this fall when it arrives – but we can’t confirm any of that right now.
We’ll do some more digging of our own and see whether the K builds appeared anywhere else.