Android 4.3 Jelly Bean? Is This Why Android Key Lime Pie Might Be Delayed?

By Matthew Klickstein , Apr 27, 2013 09:27 AM EDT

Of the many products and services we're expecting to see unveiled at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco in mid-May, the top of the list for "Most Likely To Be There" has been Android Key Lime Pie. That is, until recent rumors and discussion that Android Key Lime Pie - which, we must remember, has yet be officially named by Google itself - might actually be getting delayed.

That's right: There's been plenty of speculation as of late that as much as we've all been looking forward to finally seeing Android Key Lime Pie at Google I/O, it's becoming more likely it won't be there. There have been various reasons why this rumor is floating around, but now we're hearing that it might have something to do with the simple reason that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (or whatever it may be called) is on its way first.

Android Police published a story on Friday, April 26 in which the site discusses the shocking discovery that Google is indeed working on Android 4.3.

"After getting a tip from an eagle-eyed reader (thanks, deepayan!) and digging deeper, I can definitively tell you that Google is currently working on Android 4.3, and it is still Jelly Bean," Android Police says.

"Specifically, the build I'm seeing floating around our server logs is Android 4.3 JWR23B," Android Police relays in its report, "which indicates this is still Jelly Bean (the first letter of the build is always the same as the first letter of the Android version name).

"Now, you might say that server logs can be easily faked, and it happens all the time. You'd be absolutely right, which is why I would have never posted this had I not traced the IP range to Google itself.

"In fact, 2 different IP ranges, both corresponding to Google employees. Employees that have a lot to do with Android. It's the same IP range that had previously clued us in to some of the unreleased versions of Android before they were announced."

This is all pretty telling information about the supposed Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, especially in collusion with the fact that the site also suggests that two devices are already on their way to being updated to Android 4.3: the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7.

Adding to all of this is the even more telling fact that the original tip-off to Android 4.3, according to Android Police, was some "very recent" comments on the official Chromium bug tracker from a Chromium developer - "which suggests affinity to Google" - in which JWR23B was mentioned as an actual build number.  

Android Police goes on with a whole slew of other reasons why Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is likely to A) Be very real, B) Be the reason Android Key Lime Pie will be delayed. This includes an update to the story posted via Reddit a few hours after the original story by a user who has even more evidence that, truly, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is next and not Android Key Lime Pie.

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