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May 2, 2013 by Dean Quinn
Whilst many would have had an inkling that a new Android iteration is on the way, exactly what form it will take and when it would show up has remained cloaked in mystery somewhat. Until now that is.
You see, some eagle-eyed IT bods at tippity top Android-centric websites Android Police and Android Authority clocked a new version number of Android in their server logs, meaning that someone somewhere has been accessing those sites using a device running what is possibly Android Key Lime Pie.
4.3 or 5.0?
The data points towards a Nexus 4, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets being used, as well as an unidentified Huawei handset and a Pantech mobile.
However, the most interesting thing about this development is not that a new version of Android is in the offing, but that the version number isn’t the 5.0 widely touted. Could this mean that the new little green robot-fronted platform will be an incremental update? Who knows, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
That said, the latest iteration, Android Jelly Bean, has a version number of 4.1 – not that far away from Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s 4.0 number and yet it is a landmark update.
Another juicy aspect to this story is that the Pantech phone listed in the server logs is reportedly powered by a single-core 1GHz processor, suggesting that the Google chaps are intending Key Lime Pie to run across a range of devices with differing specs.
As ever with this kind of info, nothing is confirmed as of yet, but with Key Lime Pie widely expected to make its bow at Google I/O on 15 May there’s not too long to wait until we find out. Keep it here and we’ll fill you in with the details as soon as they emerge.
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