Nexus 4 Running Android 4.3 Supposedly Spotted In The Wild


Leading up to Google I/O 2013, many people expected Google to unveil Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at the event. Shortly before the event, however, devices running Android 4.3 started appearing in benchmarks and website's server logs, seemingly erasing our hopes of seeing Android 5.0 anytime soon. When Google I/O finally rolled around, we got hit with a double whammy. We did not see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie or Android 4.3. This obviously poses the question of when Google will unveil the next version of Android. Current rumors point to sometime in July alongside the next Nexus tablet, and if this most recent leak turns out to be true, then it won't be Key Lime Pie.



A user on XDA has spotted a Nexus 4 out in the wild running Android build JWR45B, as well as a new kernel that was built last week. These two paired together, plus the Android version reading "Android 4.3", it is very likely that this is in fact the real Android 4.3 build.


The user only snapped a handful of pictures of the build and none of them show any major changes. One of the images shows  the camera interface, which is slightly redesigned with the controls being on the side rather than the center. The XDA reader also discovered the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Easter Ed, which is the same as the current Jelly Bean one.



That's really all we can tell from these images. It seems very likely that Android 4.3 will not be a major update in any way, especially in terms of user interface. Hopefully it will include more performance enhancements and Google Now updates, though. We'll probably see it be unveiled sometime this summer when Google unveils the next Nexus tablet. As far as Key Lime Pie goes, I personally would expect to see it this fall in time for the holiday season and to compete with iOS 7, the new iPads, and the iPhone 5S/iPhone 6. But that's purely my thinking.


What would you like to see in Android 4.3? Do you think this is a real leak or just someone messing with the Android community? Let us know down in the comments!

Source: XDA (1) , (2)

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