Android 4.3 Running On Several Devices Already, Server Logs Show

By 10:24 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 Comments


When Google I/O is underway, there’s usually some recent Android version waiting to be unveiled. Despite all the murmurs about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, this I/O might bring just 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The version number first showed up in logs of the Android Police website and now Android Authority is reporting its server logs show visits from Android 4.3 devices. They seem to run newer builds than the JWR23B that visited AP (note: the first letter of the build number matches the first letter of the codename).


But more fascinating is the list of device names that run version 4.3. There’s the Nexus 4 phone, the older Galaxy Nexus, the two Google tablets, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Then there are two surprising entries - a yet to be announced Huawei U8819 and a rather low-discontinue Pantech Breakout (listed as ADR8995).

The Breakout packs a single-core 1Giga Hertz (GHz) processor and just 512Mega Bytes (MB) of RAM. If that’s enough oomph for Android 4.3 then the news should be fine as far as the eligibility for upgrades of recent devices is concerned (it would descend to the manufacturer).

It’s fascinating that the Pantech reported it’s running Android 4.3.1 Key Lime Pie so there is a chance the recent version of the Operating System (OS) will acquire a recent name, but it could just be an eager dev putting in the incorrect name in the build.

Google I/O starts in two weeks, but the two-day keynote has been slit down to a single day, which potentially means no groundbreaking changes (and no 5.0).

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