Rumor: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is next, not Key Lime Pie

by: Mike StengerApril 27, 2013

Android 4.3

We are almost due for the next version of Android, which is typically announced annually at Google I/O. According to Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii, the next version will be 4.3 Jelly Bean, and not 5.0 Key Lime Pie as previously expected. There are several reasons leading to this conclusion, the first of which involves server logs.

Android 4.3

Artem discovered multiple instances of the Nexus 7, and Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Making sure the logs were not faked, he traced the IP addresses. Where did they end up? To no surprise, Google, and two different IP ranges related to Google employees.

Digging deeper, the Chromium code site has received several comments in the past couple days from a developer by the username aruslan, revealing JWR23B as a build number. This is the same build number found in Android Police’s server logs.

Artem further makes two great points, backing up his claims:

Google doesn’t assign version numbers to Android releases until a short time before they’re set to be unveiled. We’re talking weeks or a couple of months max. Google does not assign version numbers to internal/test releases. Those are usually called something like JellyBeanMR1 and then assigned proper versions number when they’re close to release.

It’s definitely a little strange to see another Jelly Bean variant, but we’re interested to see what comes of it. As with any rumor, you should take this with the proper amount of levity. However, the evidence does have us scratching our heads. With Google I/O less than three weeks away, we look forward to getting the full scoop.

What do you think? Will there be a Key Lime Pie, or will we simply see another Jelly Bean build?

  • Big Bad Bowl

    Surely, as long as there are improvements, it doesn’t matter what number it’s assigned?

    • MasterMuffin

      4.3 would mean that the update is smaller (not like from GB to ICS). 5.0 would mean BIG ÜBER COOL update :)

      • thvf

        I agree. I really hope it’s klp or else ill be very dissapointed

  • Danny Solon

    Whatever is the release’ number I just wish that they add some great features to improve the usability of android and specially android tablets because they’re until now not supported enough and the big screen size isn’t well used for example find me a difference between android on nexus 4 and nexus 7 nothing but the bigger screen of the 7 (and the pre-installed camera app), so I guess that android for tablets should be optimized in order to get the benefits of the bigger screen with a features such as multi windows maybe

    • MasterMuffin

      New Google Play for tablets is so much better looking than the phone version, it’s the reason why I have my Google Play set to 160DPI

      • Danny Solon

        But it’s not just about Google play, it’s about the OS itself it doesn’t provide optimized options for tablets

        • MasterMuffin

          I know, just sayin’ :)

        • MasterMuffin

          I know, just sayin’ :)

    • The android tablet UI is different. You can run split screen apps on a tablet. UI change was in honeycomb, split screen was 4.1 I believe.

      I guess I don’t have a Nexus 7 and I know some of the differences (tablet UI, split screen, etc) are triggered by the screen size. Maybe 7″ isn’t big enough to trigger?

      • Danny Solon

        You can split the screen on Samsung tablets or some new phones for example the note 2 which has a 5.5″ screen can split the screen so I think that 7″ is more than enough, then Samsung phones and tablets are the only android devices that can split the screen because they run a customized version of android ui called nature ux or something like that but what I’m talking about is the pure version of android, it doesn’t have this feature

  • kay yon

    I actually don’t mind Google holding off Key Lime Pie 5.0. I want to be shocked and surprised again like when Ice Cream Sandwich (or Jelly Bean) came out; I want Key Lime Pie to knock my socks off. As long as this delay makes Key Lime Pie as great as we want it to be, Jelly Bean 4.3 is fine by me.

  • Sudeepto Dutta

    I guess the reason being the kernel that’s gonna be used in KEY LIME PIE…

    I am not sure but for Android 5.0.1 , Google’s gonna be using kernel version 3.8 which is currently being used by Linux users on their devices…

    I am using kernel version 3.8.1 on my Ubuntu …

    So I believe Google needs some time before they can finish up with “key lime pie” & by that time Linux users might be shifting to kernel version 3.9 too :)

    That’s what I think :)

  • ibi

    As long as it works on my Sony Ray smartphone I’m fine with it.

  • RaptorOO7

    Works for me, not a big deal and perhaps the other OEM’s can get off their lazy arses and put out 4.2.2 or go straight to 4.3 instead of these stupid 4.1.2 and 4.2.0 updates.

  • More optimization please so we can have even more buttery smoothness

  • I’d be happy just getting jelly bean period. As an at&t Samsung Galaxy Note i7l7 user, we haven’t been counted worthy to receive the jelly bean update. :-/

    • Root and custom ROM it…MUCH quicker. :-)

      • William Swalley

        Not when you want multi Window and other s pen features.

        • Cole Raney

          You can back those apps up though using apps that you can get since your device is rooted.

  • Doubt the marketing department will miss the chance to brand the new release as KLP or 5.0 or whatever, even if there are significant upgrades to the software, people would just point at the name and say “stagnation” because it didn’t change. Plus Google just likes adding those statues to their garden.

  • Arsenal™

    Custom ROMS FTW!

  • Aziz Farhi

    What ever Google is cooking in their kitchen unless you fellas have one of the Nexuses it won’t matter for a while :) .. at least till you buy one or a fully working custom ROM shows up.

  • pratyush rohilla

    great article about android new version. it is good news for android lover.
    hope so it will be better than android 4.2
    the next version of Android to be released will be version 4.3. I haven’t seen any concrete evidence that 4.3 will be called Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie.