Ever since a new version of Android didn’t appear during Google I/O, fans of Google’s mobile OS have been eagerly awaiting news of when version 4.3 would arrive, but the company has remained completely silent on the matter. That doesn’t mean we don’t know anything about it though, as several leaks have provided us with some much needed information.
The latest news concerning Android 4.3 comes from the Bluetooth website, where the HTC One Google Edition has been given the official seal of approval. While the Google Edition of the HTC One has been on sale for a week or so in America, it runs Android 4.2.2; the most up to date edition of the OS. This HTC One, however, is supposed to run Android 4.3.
It’s believed to have been re-evaluated due to the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a new version of the technology which draws less energy, and is a new addition to Android. According to the site, the HTC One Google Edition entered Bluetooth’s labs in mid-June, and was rubber stamped on 5 July.
This follows news of Android 4.3′s features, plus a leak from Asus on a new Nexus 7 tablet, which is also down to run the next version of Jelly Bean. All this activity does give the impression Google is preparing to announce Android 4.3, at which time we expect it to be made available for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones, plus the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. As for other, non-Nexus Android devices, it may take sometime to appear.
If the leak concerning the Nexus 7 is correct, it’s to be announced before the end of July, and most likely Android 4.3 will come with it.