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Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" Spotted on Google Play

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.