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?