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Google accidentally confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in Play Store

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You can get a dozen rumors that point in the same direction, but it doesn’t mean anything until you hear it from the horse’s mouth, as they say. In the case of Android’s rumored update to version 4.1, we now have such equine conformation. It seems Google pulled the trigger a little too early on a new description for the Galaxy Nexus in the Play Store: “… soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…” it read before being removed. I’m going out on a limb here and assuming it would have said “Jelly Bean” if not for the lack of space.

The description appeared when the unlocked $399 Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store was added to the shopping cart. Google only started selling this version of the device a few weeks ago, but already it is being treated like the true flagship. Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus will likely wait for a few months on the official update, just like it did for the 4.0.4 bug fix update.

Google announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich back in October of 2011, but it has yet to reach many handsets. We do not yet know what is coming in Android 4.1, but a low-resolution screenshot from the Play Store (also now removed) shows a transparent glass-looking search bar. Everything else is a mystery.

The last time an Android update came so quickly (not counting Honeycomb for obvious reasons) it was 2.1-2.2. This was a minor aesthetic change, but there were some solid under-the-hood improvements like a faster code compiler, native tethering, and better memory management. I would expect some visual tweaks in 4.1 in addition to deeper improvements, but it’s too soon to revamp the Holo interface.

The “soon” in the now deleted description likely means Google I/O next week, so get ready for Google’s big unveiling.

via Droid Life


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