When are we likely to see the release of the next version of Android? We got 4.3 last July, 4.4 in October, and the latest, 4.4.2, in December. Will we be sitting around until summer before new updates are on their way, or could a release come much sooner? Earlier this month we talked about Google acknowledging high-CPU-usage bugs with the Nexus 5 and its camera, and plans to address these in a future update. We can’t say if that’s necessarily what we’re seeing here today, but some new evidence does point to Google testing a very recent KitKat build.
This find comes to us from Chrome’s bugtracker, where a report from earlier this week reveals the browser running on a Nexus 5 with a build number of KTU65(A). The currently-released 4.4.2 software is KOT49H. Based on how Google generates those characters, we’re looking at an Android build compiled only two weeks back – literally days after we saw official acknowledgment of that Nexus 5 camera bug.
Really, though, it’s probably getting ahead of ourselves to suggest that a new Android version turning up in this manner is any sort of hint that a release is imminent; testing new builds is always going to be underway, and this one is only notable for popping up publicly like it has. Still, we’re optimistic that Google will be quick to correct that camera bug – from Google’s report, the specific problem was already identified, and it’s just a matter of time to implement the fix.