Will we see a Jelly Bean update before Key Lime Pie?

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

The news on the street is that Google’s next version of its Android operating system, Key Lime Pie, is planned for this autumn. But recent rumours suggest that there might be life in the old Jelly Bean yet, with an alleged 4.3 upgrade to appear first.

So how likely is it that we’ll see a Jelly Bean upgrade before Key Lime Pie becomes available? And what differences can we expect to see?

Nexus devices

It is most likely that we’ll be seeing the Jelly Bean 4.3 version upgrade rolled out initially on Google’s range of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus and even the Nexus 10 tablet.

Various sightings of Android 4.3 have been spotted in recent months, including at Google’s I/O in May- where it was hoped that the new version would be announced- as well as at the Mobile Expo in Taiwan last month.

However, as yet, we haven’t heard an official party line about whether Jelly Bean 4.3 is out there, and when exactly it will be available for upgrade. Being the owner of a Nexus 4, though, I’ll be prepared to update you as any changes happen...

New features?

With Key Lime Pie scheduled for Q3 of this year, don’t expect to see any major changes on Jelly Bean 4.3. Instead, it’s more likely that Google will tweak the odd feature here and there to fix small issues that exist in 4.2.

According to a snapshot of a Nexus 4 at Taiwan’s Mobile Expo this year, the camera is the first thing to look slightly different with the new OS update; the camera settings are displayed in an arc at the bottom of the screen rather than in a circle.

Apart from that, though, there are very few rumours about what to expect with the 4.3v of Android. We’ll update you as the news comes in…

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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel