Android 4.3 Confirmed for Google I/O
With just minutes left until Google executives take the stage at Google I/O 2013, it looks like Android 4.3 has been confirmed to be on today’s agenda.
The update to Google’s Android was accidentally confirmed by search results on Google’s Developer website. While it didn’t list any earth shattering new features, it did indicate that the new operating system will at least include some security enhancements.
The entries have been removed, though The Verge was able to capture the screenshot below which clearly shows the Android 4.3 name being used. Android 4.3 is thought to be a version of Jelly Bean and not Key Lime Pie.
While there’s next to no leaked information about Android 4.3, Gotta Be Mobile does expect for Android 4.3 to be a relatively minor release that focuses on refining the user experience of Android and closing feature gaps that still exist in the platform. For example, Android still has yet to support Bluetooth 4.0.
Recently leaks have also confirmed that this version of Android will feature enhanced gaming functionality. The most current Android 4.3 leaks have shown references to achievements, matchmaking, leaderboards and notifications. If this is true, it would put Android on the path to compete head-to-head with Sony and Nintendo’s handheld gaming consoles.
Google may also be planning a refresh to the Nexus 7 tablet that debuted during last year’s Google I/O. It’s rumored that that device’s would launch sometime this year and directly compete with Apple’s iPad mini. There is also speculation that the company could introduce a new smartphone, possibly the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition or a new Nexus 4, perhaps the white Nexus 4 that has shown up recently but has still eluded consumers.
Google I/O is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, 12 p.m. Eastern Time and will be streamed live so that users who couldn’t make it out to San Francisco can get the latest news in real time.