The Jelly Bean Android 4.3 story is a bit of a strange one. It was widely expected to debut at Google I/O 2013 this past May, but stubbornly refused to show face, and later popped up – unofficially – in Thailand.
The latest version of Mountain View’s dominant OS remains elusive (it even no-showed on the white Google Nexus 4), but again it’s been leaked, this time with a downloadable version. Er, for what it’s worth.
See, Jelly Bean Android 4.3 reportedly gives new meaning to the term “incremental update”, with next to no new features – compared to Android 4.2.2 – worth mentioning.
If you’re the brave tinkering type, head over to xda-developers for more detail. Or if you’d rather play it safe and check out the update on video, hit up YouTube where you can find Jelly Bean Android 4.3 running on a Google Nexus 4.
For my money, the really interesting part of the story is that this latest leak supposedly came about when a Google employee sold an Android 4.3-rockin’ Google Nexus 4 on Craigslist. Not exactly an iPhone 4-style faux pas, but still.
The next big Android release will probably be Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0), though Google is reportedly holding back to let OEMS catch up on Jelly Bean, which recently overtook Gingerbread (Android 2.3) to become the dominant version.