Android 4.3 Jelly Bean spotted at Asian tech conference

To the disappoint of many, the latest version of Android was a no-show at Google I/O last week. While reports in recent months had widely hinted at a major update - to version 5.0, "Key Lime Pie" - reports a few weeks ago suggested that Google had pushed back those plans to appease its OEM partners, and that the next version will instead be an incremental update to version 4.3, making it the third significant Android update to carry the "Jelly Bean" moniker. 

Evidence is mounting to support that assessment, as a user over on the XDA Developers forums spotted a Nexus 4 at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2013 with Android 4.3 on board. Since then, a video has popped up on YouTube showing the device in action, including an updated camera app and a shaky-cam glance at a few other bits: 

If you were in any doubt about the authenticity of the app, this image was posted on the official Thailand Mobile Expo 2013 page on Facebook, including the easter egg screen showing 'Android 4.3 Jelly Bean': 

There's been no official confirmation from Google regarding Android 4.3 or when it might arrive, but Android And Me reported last week that 4.3 will launch on June 10, alongside a new white version of the Nexus 4.

Source: XDA Developers | Image via Thailand Mobile Expo 2013

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Meh my phone looks just like this already.. (4.2.2 custom CM 10.1 rom) meh will just port this to my phone anyway regardless of what the manufacture does. Ill make 4.3 work within a few weeks.

Google may release a new android, but phone makers take forever to never to rollout an update! This is partly due to they want people to buy whole new phones. Google needs to takeover distribution or something!

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
Google may release a new android, but phone makers take forever to never to rollout an update! This is partly due to they want people to buy whole new phones. Google needs to takeover distribution or something!

There's never really been any evidence supporting the belief that updates are held back to push phone sales. It's only ever been a particularly attractive conspiracy theory because it feels like it makes sense, and it suits the negative opinion of the mobile phone industry many people share.

In reality, the reason is a lot more complicated than that, and doesn't boil down anywhere close to that.

Joshie said,

There's never really been any evidence supporting the belief that updates are held back to push phone sales. It's only ever been a particularly attractive conspiracy theory because it feels like it makes sense, and it suits the negative opinion of the mobile phone industry many people share.

In reality, the reason is a lot more complicated than that, and doesn't boil down anywhere close to that.

What evidence are you looking for? Recordings from the business meetings?

Mackster said,

What evidence are you looking for? Recordings from the business meetings?


Exactly what I pointed out: *anything* other than suspicions rooted only in a negative view of the industry.

Your question sounds like you want my threshold before I consider evidence good enough. My only requirement of evidence is that it, you know, exists. "They're bad people so they'd totally do something like this" isn't actually evidence, in case you weren't aware.

Meh. Not that much to see. I'm hoping Google will add split screen apps to Android, like Samsung did with TouchWiz. I would really like to run two apps side-by-side on my Nexus 10.

Of course once my desktop need replacement I'm going to get Windows 8 tablet (hopefully Surface 2) so I'm OK with Google doesn't add split screen app support to Android.