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!
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Google played it’s Cards well, focus was where they wanted it to be, and even though I wanted it right now, I can live with a July FHD Nexus 7 launch, with the new Maps and Android version all coming together. And just maybe the Summer launch means better HW than the S4 Pro.
I wonder what provoked them to do this….
(psst… *whispers* WWDC)
I needs my NEXUS 6
I was disappointed google didn’t release a nexus on sprint, went ahead and got the s4 yesterday. Awesome phone though
This could also be the definition in control between the various heads of state over at Google. Larry Page is the software/services guy while Sergey Brin is the hardware guy. Google I/O should always been about the software and services… Notice that Larry Page was front and center at I/O this year. So it makes sense that this was Software/Services focused.
It doesn’t matter how you slice it, it was a boring show. Much of the time was spent talking on Google services and how they can make more money…Google Play, $9.99/month…give me a break. There are much better options out there for free…Fusion Music player, just to name one.