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Google to launch Jelly Bean 4.3 at I/O 2013, not 5.0 ‘Key Lime Pie’

Google won’t be launching the Android 5.0 ‘Key Lime Pie’ update this month as we had hoped, it seems. The next version of Android looks to be ‘another flavour of Jelly Bean’, this time version 4.3.

Those testing the new Android software update have been doing a little web surfing, with various tech websites noting from their stats that people have been visiting their pages on mobile devices running Android 4.3. UK tech site Pocket-Lint is one of them.

It would appear that a few San Francisco-based Google employees are currently testing Android 4.3 ahead of a full launch, which is expected to happen on May 15th at the company’s annual I/O event. Pocket-Lint has noticed an increase in Android 4.3 devices visiting its pages over the past week or two, pointing towards the imminent launch of the update.

Up until recently it was thought that Google would launch the next version of Android as ‘Key Lime Pie’, or version 5.0, as per its traditional alphabetical sweet naming theme. However, the Mountain View company looks set to stick to version 4, which is likely to again be dubbed Jelly Bean.

Earlier in the year internal slides from chip maker Qualcomm leaked, telling us that an Android version called ‘Key Lime Pie’ would launch this Spring. This was a while back now and of course, Google could have changed the naming plan since then.

Either way we can be sure that a new version of Android will come along on May 15th at Google’s I/O keynote, with the update then rolling out to Nexus devices over the next few weeks after the event. Will it be Key Lime Pie or Jelly Bean? We’ll have to wait to find out.

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