It looks like Google has spilled the jelly beans, and more specifically, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
In a post over on the Google+ Google Developer page, a spilled cup of jelly beans has arrived on the Googleplex campus this morning which all but confirms a Jelly Bean announcement at the upcoming Google I/O later on this week.
The announcement has been heavily rumored over the last few weeks although the features included in the new software remain a mystery.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which was originally thought to be Android 5.0, will be the follow-up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which was released back in December of 2011 alongside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. And with Ice Cream Sandwich still rolling out to many Android devices, it’s unclear if Google is going to be releasing Android 4.1 some time soon or if it’s going to wait.
Last year, Ice Cream Sandwich debuted at Google I/O but was released later in the year. Evidence seems to point to Google releasing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update sooner rather than later as a listing appeared on Google’s website indicating that the Galaxy Nexus would be the first device with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Google typically releases major Android updates with new Nexus devices and clearly, the Galaxy Nexus isn’t new.
In addition, Google is expected to launch a new Nexus tablet at Google I/O and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Android 4.1 launch on that tablet, rumored to be made by Asus and launching in July, with tablet heavy features.
Google I/O kicks off June 27th in San Francisco and it will be lasting through June 29th. Google’s main keynote will take place on the 27th which should be the place that the company announces both Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the new Nexus tablet.