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Android 4.2 Will Remain Android Jelly Bean?

Authored by: Eric McBride — Oct 8, 2012
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It seems like it was just yesterday when Google announced Android Jelly Bean, and as it’s only running on a relatively small number of Android devices, it’s kind of crazy that we’re already hearing about Android 4.2. Normally, when Google and their OEM partners release a Nexus phone, it debuts a totally new version of Android. This year however, it seems that the strategy will change, as the word on the street is that Android 4.2 will be an incremental update to Android 4.1. In other words, it seems that Android Jelly Bean is apparently here to stay for a little while longer.

Android Jelly Bean 4.2 Testing?

Android Police recently spotted new software versions in various server logs, and it seems that Google employees are currently testing Android 4.2 on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and on a Motorola Nexus device (Xoom, or something new?):

  • Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 7 Build/JOO92B
  • Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 7 Build/JOP02B
  • Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOP04C
  • Linux; Android 4.2; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOO92B
  • Linux; Android 4.2; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOP04
  • Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOO92B
  • Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOP04B
  • Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOP04C
  • Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; occam Build/JOP03B
  • Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-gb; occam Build/JOP03B
  • Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; occam Build/JOP04
  • Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP04C
  • Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP03
  • Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP05

What’s interesting here is that the build number for each device starts with a “J”, which could imply that the newest version of Android will also be called Android Jelly Bean. While we can’t confirm this 100%, we do know the version number normally changes whenever there’s a major release.

It would seem that a new version of Android will literally drop in just a couple of weeks, and as amazing as Android Jelly Bean is, it wouldn’t really bother me if 4.2 was an incremental update to 4.1. That being said, I’m very curious to see how Google will implement their Nexus strategy this year, and how big of an impact this shift in strategy will affect OEMs and the overall popularity of the Nexus brand.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 8, 2012 Link to comment

    I agree Mark. JB is already so good..if it aint broke don't fix it :)

    Hopefully the Nexus S will get it, but no word yet :(

  • Mark R. Oct 8, 2012 Link to comment

    I think increments are the right way...4.x is a great OS so why not keep building on that.

    P.S. assume it will come to the Nexus S...mine is still going strong and I get very quick OTA getting a free gift from Google every few months ;)

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