Next version of Android: 4.3, not 5.0; Jelly Bean again, not Key Lime Pie

In recent weeks and months, the tech community has increasingly referred to the next release of Android as version 5.0, or ‘Key Lime Pie’. Since version 1.5 (Cupcake), major updates to Android have gained a delicious codename beginning with the next letter in the alphabet, and as it has widely been assumed that the next version would make the leap to 5.0 from the current version, 4.2.2 (the latest Jelly Bean release), a dessert beginning with the letter K has seemed like a reasonable assumption.

It now appears, however, that we may need to cast those assumptions aside. Artem Russakovskii from Android Police has been doing some digging with the help of his readers, and has discovered evidence that the next Android release won’t be called Key Lime Pie, and won’t even be version 5.0.


No Key Lime Pie for you :-(  ...yet.

Artem has identified Android builds via server logs, and traced them back to two separate IP ranges, each “corresponding to Google employees… that have a lot to do with Android”. He adds that these IPs are in the same range “that had previously clued us in to some of the unreleased versions of Android before they were announced”.

The devices seen via the server logs are the Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 7 tablet, using a build identified as Android 4.3 JWR23B. As Artem notes, the first letter of the build code matches its corresponding dessert name, which in this case points to another Jelly Bean release. This would also suggest that the next Android update won’t be a major new release, but rather an incremental refinement of the existing Jelly Bean offering. 

While there is plenty of evidence mounting that points to a 4.3 Jelly Bean release – including this recent post on Reddit – it’s not yet clear if Google will still announce 5.0 at its I/O conference in a few weeks’ time. Google has traditionally used its developer-focused event as a launch pad for its major Android OS updates, but it’s been rumoured that the company may have decided to delay Android 5.0 in order to give OEMs some ‘breathing room’. 

Source: Android Police | Key Lime Pie image via Shutterstock

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I stuck with ICS, 2-3 months after the "official" version was available for my device.
Once they released the second version of 4.1.2 for my device, I went ahead and updated.
Thanks to the early adopters, but ICS was so stable, there were not really any new features
were anything I would use, and I'm at the age where tweaking and tweaking to squeeze .2%
more anything isn't worth my time. I don't care what they call it, as long as it is rock stable.

naap51stang said,
I stuck with ICS, 2-3 months after the "official" version was available for my device.
Once they released the second version of 4.1.2 for my device, I went ahead and updated.
Thanks to the early adopters, but ICS was so stable, there were not really any new features
were anything I would use, and I'm at the age where tweaking and tweaking to squeeze .2%
more anything isn't worth my time. I don't care what they call it, as long as it is rock stable.

I think what needs sorting next for Android would be the input lag from the touchscreen.

I wish they would give it a different name than jelly bean. It is annoying when you read that a new phone will come with jelly bean as you don't know whether that is 4.1 or 4.2, that will get even worse if 4.3 has the same name too.

torrentthief said,
I wish they would give it a different name than jelly bean. It is annoying when you read that a new phone will come with jelly bean as you don't know whether that is 4.1 or 4.2, that will get even worse if 4.3 has the same name too.

I kinda agree, it was weird having v4 being ice cream sandwich then they wasted a new name on a .X version 4.1/4.2. Jelly bean should have been v5, key lime pie being v6 etc.

Same dessert name minor API change
If the announcement made at IO is in fact 4.3 JB I'm sure this will be some huge tweak to the latest 4.2.2

torrentthief said,
It is annoying when you read that a new phone will come with jelly bean as you don't know whether that is 4.1 or 4.2, that will get even worse if 4.3 has the same name too.

But that's a great way to stop fragmentation! "Jelly Bean has now 50% marketshare!" sounds waaay better than "4.1 -> 38%, 4.2 -> 10%, 4.3 -> 2%". Also manufacturers can just slap 4.1 on new phones and advertise it with "the newest flavor of Android - JELLY BEAN".

(kinda /s but this is what will happen)

torrentthief said,
I wish they would give it a different name than jelly bean. It is annoying when you read that a new phone will come with jelly bean as you don't know whether that is 4.1 or 4.2, that will get even worse if 4.3 has the same name too.

Most of time reviews/specs posted will tell you what version of JB is coming out on a certain device.

How does the naming of Android updates work? V2 went through several desserts then V3 were all branded Honeycomb . 4.0 was Icecream Sandwich but went to Jellybean almost stright away and is staying at that. So they just change on a whim?

The Dark Knight said,

It is done alphabetically. And they are all names of desserts.

Obviously. That's not his question.

I believe it's done when there are big changes to the API. There were some quite big API changes between 4.0 and 4.1 but 4.2 is essentially a small point release. I'm guessing the same will probably be true of 4.3

More rumors, more assumptions. If true, I am guessing its more related to whatever they are doing with their X project than anything else. Hopefully Google will have an official statement on this...or have to wait until I/O.