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Android 4.3 hints present in Gmail UI redesign presentation video?

A promo video showing the new Gmail UI updates may contain a hint that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is coming soon. Check it out!
May 29, 2013
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Screenshot from promo video highlighting new Gmail UI

A Google promo video for the newly announced Gmail UI redesign may include hints that would suggest that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is coming soon.

The short 60 second video shows a Nexus 4 near the end whose clock is set at 4:30, which may be an actual indication that the rumored Android 4.3 OS update is indeed coming at some point in the near future.

In case you missed the recent series of Gmail redesign-related posts, we’ll remind you that only a few days before Google actually unveiled the new automatic filtration features, various reports detailed the upcoming changes.

Following those reports, a reddit user put everything together and concluded that the leaked screenshots showing Gmail’s redesigned mobile apps actually told another story.

After looking at press images for existing devices, he reminded us that each Nexus device starting with the Nexus S and going all the way up to the Nexus 10, had press images that indirectly revealed what OS the device ran, at least at launch. The Nexus S came with Android 2.3.0 Gingerbread on board, therefore the clock showed 2:30. Likewise, the Nexus 10 came with Android 4.2.0 Jelly Bean on board, hence the clock showed 4:20.

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Leaked Gmail screenshots | Image via Android Police

The initial leaked Gmail screnshots, which were criticized by a publication for their inconsistencies, showed a 4:30 time, implying that Android 4.3 was close (see above).

Google released different screenshots when announcing the new features – but we’ll note that the initial images were said to be included in a draft of the blog post that was supposed to go live on Wednesday. The blog post was published today, but the images were changed. And, much to our surprise, the time reverted back to 4:20 in the Android app’s screenshot (on the left below).

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Actual images promoting the new Gmail app UI

However, that’s not the whole story. Just take a look at the new Gmail promo video, included in the same blog post, and you’ll notice 4:30 is clearly shown on that Nexus handset.

Is it all just a big coincidence? Wishful thinking? Call it whatever you like, but since we’re used to see Google hide all sorts of things in various places, this clock thing makes some sense. Not to mention that we have already seen a Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean at a mobile show in Thailand, which could mean the update is coming soon indeed.

That said, we’re back to waiting for Android 4.3 to become official, with the latest rumored release date for it still being June 10.