Rumors: Android 4.3 coming soon, more stock core apps heading to the Play Store

July 2, 2013
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Android

A tipster revealed various details about the upcoming Android 4.3 update but also about stock core apps, while responding to questions related to a leak he initially posted on a forum.

According to him, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is rather close, as “4.3 is stable and running on most devices in Google.” A release date has not been provided though.

We’ll note that Android 4.3 will likely arrive much sooner than that, probably when new hardware is released. Not to mention that a leaked Android 4.3 leak is already floating around.

More interestingly though, he said that Google plans to bring to the Play Store “pretty much every [core] app,” but he didn’t offer any examples. However, that’s certainly something to look forward too, particularly if you want to turn your Android experience into a stock Android mod without actually rooting your devices and installing custom ROMs.

Recently we did see the camera app from the Google Experience handsets launched by Google get leaked, bringing Photo Sphere features to a variety of devices.

These new details about Google’s rumored Android plans for the near future came from a The Verge forums poster who goes by the name of ryan_socio – in case that forum nick sounds familiar that’s because he did leak accurate information about Google plans in the past – but the whole story is not written in the YouTube update forum post he authored.

In that post he said that a future YouTube Android app will bring an in-app multitasking feature that will allow users to continue watching a video while simultaneously looking for other videos inside the app.

Camera app

Camera app from Google Play edition phones

Heading to the comments section of that post you’ll find a trove of his replies to readers that reveal the above tidbits about Android 4.3 and core apps.

In the comments, he also said that the YouTube update will arrive as a standalone Play Store update, and not part of the Android 4.3 release – apparently, the app could be launched in “about a month and a half at least.” That’s where he also revealed that the YouTube multitasking feature should be extended to allow system-wide support, meaning that users would be able to watch a video using the YouTube app while using other apps at the same time.

Naturally, nothing is official yet; so don’t consider it that way until Google actually confirms these rumors.

Speaking about his sources, he did reveal that the apps he’s allowed to inspect are connected to certain @google.com accounts, which means he can’t share images or apps apks:

I won’t ever post photos because that wouldn’t make my sources too happy and also I cannot provide apk’s because most of these apps are being dog fooded and are connected to specific @google.com accounts. As you can guess this would mean a world of trouble. These are not photo’s of unreleased mobile phone I’m dealing with.

We’ll be back with more details as soon as we have them.

Comments

  • APai

    “more stock core apps heading to the Play Store”
    finally! this will make point releases more about the underlying OS, while most core apps will be available for previous devices. it’s a win-win situation!

  • Miracle Zhou

    That’s the right way to release new apps – don’t bind them to OS releases :)

  • Ignacio Martín

    Although this is being done to address fragmentation, I hope this doesn’t also mean that Google’s making android more closed.

  • Javier Lopez

    Good move