It seems like just yesterday that we were getting our first taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, now we’re being teased with the Nexus 4, the Nexus 10, and the potential for a whole bunch of Nexi smartphones being announced in a few days.
In the past, Google has used a highly public launch event to announce (though not necessarily release) a new version of the Android Operating System. Usually Google releases their new product running the new operating system on it, and it’s usually not too long after the big event. This time around we’re hearing rumors that the Nexus 4 will be available for sale the day after the launch event — and that it will be running Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. Wait, what?
An observant Pocketnow reader took a closer look at the Google event invitation and came up with a few observations:
- Take a look at the buildings in the picture: four blue ones, two red ones. Android 4.2?
- The graphic is very much in the style of the Google Now app in Jelly Bean. Could Google be hinting that the Google Now app “playground is open” for third party applications to tie into?
We’ve been seeing leaked benchmarks and other information information, including a certain LG executive who more than just hinted at Android 4.2 being announced at “the event”, and a U.K. website that listed the Nexus 4 early (and quickly took their listing down).
Even if it might not come pre-loaded on the new devices, we’re all but certain the next version of Android will be 4.2. Other than that, it’s anyone’s guess. So let’s guess, shall we?
Why have we seen new devices running the old operating system? If the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 are announced next week (which we think they will be), they will either be released with Android 4.1.x or Android 4.2.
If they come with 4.1.x it’s probably because 4.2 isn’t quite ready yet — but we suspect an OTA would be pushed to them within a very short amount of time to update the new devices to 4.2. How short a time? Possibly within hours, but likely within a few days, or a week or two at most.
We also suspect that 4.2 will be pushed out to current Nexus 7 and GSM Galaxy Nexus users very quickly. However, Nexus S users may be left behind this time around, just like Nexus One users were last time.
What do you think? Are our predictions spot on, or way off? Now’s your turn, let us know if we’re up in the night, and what your predictions are in the comments!