This weekend, if you were reading various tech blogs, you may have come across more than a few leaked details regarding Android 4.2. This slightly updated version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is supposedly going to come installed on a future Nexus device – potentially made by LG – and was said to include some interesting new features, however, it has subsequently been outed as a wishlist of possible alterations by the person who deliberately leaked it.
It was suggested that Android 4.2 would bring with it the beginning of a new Nexus program by Google, where the Nexus name would become a brand almost all on its own, including a set of hardware specifications for manufacturers to follow, and a dedicated Nexus games store inside Google Play.
The rumour continued with Project Roadrunner, which would extend the standby time of a phone’s battery instead, plus a Customisation Centre, where users could use basic Android or apply a manufacturer’s UI over the top.
It’s easy to see why this feature list was picked up, as it’s tantalising stuff, especially the Customisation Centre and a dedicated Nexus program, featuring Google-approved phones.
Sadly though, it’s all just a wishlist leaked by a keen hoaxer, who admitted to his game on the AndroidPolice website. Calling himself “Peter”, he doesn’t really give a reason why he leaked this false information, but does provide a breakdown of what was a fabrication and what wasn’t. For the record, news of an LG and other new Nexus phones are completely separate, and could still all happen.
So, there’s still a chance Android 4.2 will arrive with a new Nexus phone too, but it won’t have the extensive changes listed above.