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Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" Spotted on Google Play

By - Source: Droid Life | B 14 comments

Android v4.1 Jelly Bean may arrive on October 25, but make an appearance next week at Google I/O.

There's been a big assumption that Google would reveal Android "Jelly Bean" sometime this year, and for a while it was thought to be v5.0. Given that Android v4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" isn't even capable of crawling across the floor at this point, the release seemed unlikely. But recent reports claim that "Jelly Bean" is actually v4.1, a huge release that's compared to the difference between v2.1 "Eclair" and v2.2 "Froyo" releases.

Now Google has seemingly verified Jelly Bean's version number thanks to a brief appearance of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone flavored with HSPA+ connectivity. According to the description before Google pulled the product listing from Google Play's "Devices" section, the phone will be upgradable to Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" when it's released. Whoops.

With Google I/O slated to launch next week, there's a good chance the company was getting its launch ready beforehand and accidentally hit the publish button, or the publish date was set too early (both happens, we know). Remember, Android v4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" was introduced last year during the 2011 event, but when Jelly Bean will be ready to push is all up in the air at this point.

The news follows reports of a possible Jelly Bean sighting related to Google's new Google I/O application. There's speculation that one of the Google Play screenshots actually shows the new build's Home Screen, sporting an updated search bar with a more frosted, transparent look, ditching the solid and dark gray color seen in ICS. There's also the clock seated at the top right, hinting to a possible October 25 launch.

As for the briefly listed Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ smartphone, Droid-Life was able to get a price before Google removed the product. The phone will be offered contract-free for $399 USD plus $10.50 for shipping, thus costing consumers $409.50 right out of their pocket. The product shot sported the same frosty search bar seen in the Google I/O app listing.

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    Anonymous , June 22, 2012 1:15 AM
    ... so it'll be pushed to devices sometime in 2014?
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    whimseh , June 22, 2012 1:19 AM
    I wonder which bakery they hire to name these things.
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    Shin-san , June 22, 2012 1:30 AM
    thickrick... so it'll be pushed to devices sometime in 2014?

    Or people will make 4.1 applications due to market share in 2014
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    TheKurrgan , June 22, 2012 2:14 AM
    This is the problem with adding an R&D cycle on top of an R&D cycle...
    The only way to get and stay current with an android phone is to buy a nexus. Frankly its very disappointing carriers / manufacturers dont provide the ability to use the google stock experience (AOSP for those in the know) on their devices, and flash a stock ROM with driver support -- If what the OEM adds is of a quality that warrants it, users would choose to keep it instead of the google AOSP ROM..I've had ICS running on my Inspire 4g for so long now I forgot almost no one has ICS yet..If google wants to keep its market share, it needs to take a harder approach to this problem
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    JOSHSKORN , June 22, 2012 2:38 AM
    I've been disappointed with Google, Verizon and Motorola. I don't know who to point the finger at, but we should've seen the ICS update on the DROID RAZR MAXX already. I'm wondering if my phone will get Jelly Bean, as well.
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    becherovka , June 22, 2012 3:17 AM
    I dont have ics yet on my phone, and am looking forward to it. But I am still happy with my phone and have no real reason for needing the newer version. Before Eclair android sucked and has improved a hell of a lot since. There comes a point that the big version changes are no longer needed. ICS has raised a few problems with graphics drivers and that is part of the reason for the slow uptake. I hope the major updates are close to the end and we can stick with 4.? for the next few years so that it can be updated in a more timely manner.
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    livebriand , June 22, 2012 3:42 AM
    "As for the briefly listed Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ smartphone, Droid-Life was able to get a price before Google removed the product. The phone will be offered contract-free for $399 USD plus $10.50 for shipping, thus costing consumers $409.50 right out of their pocket."
    Huh? The Nexus has been available for months now, direct from Google for that price. I just bought one that way last week. (This article about 4.1's release date only makes me even more glad that I bought a Nexus device...)
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    Zingam_Duo , June 22, 2012 6:37 AM
    whimsehI wonder which bakery they hire to name these things.


    They don't need to hire a bakery for that, pal! All they need to do is to ask the fat guy sitting at the entrance door, what is he eating right now. You know the door guard they have in all big companies in the movies who just sits there eats and does nothing but to get shot or beaten.
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    guanyu210379 , June 22, 2012 7:00 AM
    All of this makes me hungry...I wonder if still have some gingerbread, ice cream sandwich or jelly beans at home ... LoL
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    tomfreak , June 22, 2012 12:13 PM
    Ice cream sandwich is "I", Jelly bean is "J", so next one is Kiwi Cake? Follow by 'L'emon grass tea?
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    hoofhearted , June 22, 2012 1:01 PM
    Since I am from New Orleans, I am hoping "K" is for King Cake :) 
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    silverblue , June 22, 2012 2:03 PM
    Key Lime Pie or Klondike Bar I suppose...
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    pacioli , June 22, 2012 4:19 PM
    silverblueKey Lime Pie or Klondike Bar I suppose...

    Key Lime Pie definitely... It has to be generic
    Then Lemon bars/meringue/pie something
    ... Marzipan, Macaroons,
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    pacioli , June 22, 2012 4:20 PM
    No No No...
    Marshmallow!
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