A new report claims that Google intends to launch its next-gen Android OS version next month alongside a new Nexus 4 version.
The white Nexus 4 is said to hit the Google Play Store on June 10, at which point Android 4.3 would also be released.
Android and Me has apparently managed to get some hands-on time with the white Nexus 4 which appears to be a “carbon copy of the previous Nexus 4, just with a different color casing.” Therefore, this white Nexus 4 model doesn’t appear to be that 32GB Nexus 4 LTE model that appeared in various rumors.
We’ve seen the white Nexus 4 in a bunch of photos in the days leading to Google I/O, with one set of images revealing that the handset spotted at a mobile event in Dubai had the same FCC ID as the regular black version. At the time, we wondered whether this was the upgraded Nexus 4 version we mentioned before, or whether it was a special Google I/O edition meant to arrive in the hands of developers – since then we learned that Google gave attendants a free Chromebook Pixel instead.
Earlier today we looked at a different rumor that suggested Android 4.3 could be launched at some point in July alongside a new Nexus 7, with various pieces of evidence backing up the fact that a new Android OS version would be released in the near future.
Now, the publication says that Android 4.3 has been intentionally removed from the show as the company “wanted to demonstrate their ability to roll out new services and APIs without upgrading Android firmware,” which, if accurate, is pretty much in line with some of our earlier speculations regarding the lack of new hardware and of a new Android OS version from the keynote.
Android 4.3 features are not known at this time, other than Bluetooth Smart (BLE), which was confirmed by Google to be included in the next Android update.
We’ll be back with more details about Android 4.3 and future Nexus-branded hardware in the near future, so stay tuned!