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Google to launch Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie at October 29 Press Event together with new Nexus devices

The buzz surrounding Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie and its features has grown considerably since last week as Google press event nears. Recent reports indicate that the search titan might announce the official features of the next version of its mobile operating system but such claims haven’t been confirmed yet.

Google already sent out invitations to news firms, bloggers and mainstream media to cover the event that would be held in New York City on October 29th. It is the same day as Microsoft’s media event for the launching of its new operating system and devices, and a few days after Apple’s announcement of its iPad Mini took place.

It is during these media events that big companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple would reveal their latest innovations. None of them wants to be left behind in the market they all want to gain advantage of and considering the holidays are coming, late October or early November are the perfect times to make an announcement of what’s coming.

Going back to Key Lime Pie, analysts believe it is just another incremental upgrade like Jelly Bean considering it would still be using Ice Cream Sandwich’s core architecture. A report from iDigitalTimes suggests that among other upgrades, majority of Google-branded apps will also be getting updates. Of course, there is this speculation that the overall performance will be improved drastically but after all what JB has done to ICS, there shouldn’t be too many aspects to be improved now unless Google would be bringing in an all new architecture.

Just a few days ago, Android Police claimed to have received the beta version of Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie through LG Nexus system dump, which also confirmed multiple user accounts. They tried to tear down the OS piece by piece to know what the updates are but it seems like there was no big update Android users could expect. If you want to learn more about every piece of information these guys have gathered during the teardown process, we encourage you to visit their blog.

Furthermore, many are expecting that Google would also reveal LG Nexus 4 on the 29th accompanied by other Nexus-branded devices; among the most recent reports, a 32GB Nexus 7 and $99 Nexus device are most likely to become official. These devices are believed to be showcasing Key Lime Pie when they’re released so it is logical the announcement will be focused on them as well as to the features of the new OS.

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Indian Android Fans Suggest Kaju Katli Name For Next Android Version

Several Android fans from India are campaigning for Google to name the next version of Android after an Indian dessert called Kaju Katli. To entice Google, said fans are sending Google co-founder Larry Page and Android co-founder Andy Rubin a box of the sweet along with a petition letter. Kaju Katli is a diamond-shaped dessert made of cashew nuts, sugar syrup, and cardamom powder that is popular in India.

Google uses the names of desserts to distinguish one Android version from another. This naming scheme proceeds in an alphabetical order. Among the names of past Android versions are Cupcake (Android 1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0 and 2.1), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3.x), Honeycomb (3.x.x), and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0). The most recent version of Android, Jelly Bean (4.1), was released just this July.

Annkur P Agarwal, who is part of the campaign is optimistic about the #KajuKatli For Android campaign.We have been running this campaign for the past three weeks,” he says, “asking for KajuKatli as the next Android version. Google sure has taken notice of this.” “I think Google has a big focus on India,” he adds.

Agarwal, who is behind a mobile phone e-commerce website called PriceBaba in Mumbai, India, further mentions an instance of an Indian Google employee retweeting a post about the Kaju Katli campaign. Moreover, there are already around 4,300 people who support the petition. In Mumbai, a mock-up of the dessert is also on display in on the street.

It may be recalled that a while earlier, it was rumored that Android 4.2 or 5.0 will be named after the Key Lime Pie. The blog Androidandme, however, later claimed that such rumor, which also hinted at a new Google Play Store, improvements to Google Now, and a Customization Center, and Project Roadrunner,  is false.

Meanwhile, those who are interested in supporting the #KajuKatli For Android campaign may visit the official page here.

via business-standard, androidandme

Next Nexus Device Rumored to Come with Android 4.2 Within 30 Days

We heard before that several phone manufacturers including Sony, LG and Samsung were working on Nexus devices.  In slightly over two weeks, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone will turn one, and it is about time we welcomed a new Nexus phone in the market, don’t you think?  According to a news story published by WallStreet Journal back in May, there are a number of Nexus phones coming before the holiday season and we can now speculate that one may be coming within a 30 day period, and it may come with a new installment of Android 4, Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie.

 

Earlier, there were rumors that Google may be working with Samsung for a Samsung Galaxy 2 smartphone but it appears this may not have been true.  If the rumor of a new Nexus device to be launched within a month with a new operating system are true, then this can be a major development because there is always something Google gives us with a new operating system installment.  Google’s android devices have been very successful in the market because of their quality build and low pricing and if there is a new Nexus smartphone, it is likely to be powerful yet affordable just like the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 tablet.

It was speculated earlier last month that LG would lead the pack in releasing a nexus device dubbed Optimus Nexus (yes, it sounds like word play) but so far there has been no development on that front.  Next came HTC, and a few blurry pictures surfaced with the rumor that the Droid Incredible X phablet (IDx) may have been a Nexus device.  It turned out to be the same old song and dance, nothing credible yet.  Since this new rumor about the Nexus device coming with Android 4.2 is said to be an iterative step up, it may be the closest we have gotten to unraveling any developments Google may be working on.

But then, these are just rumors for now, but eventually we will come across a rumor that turns out true.  Could this be it? We just have to wait for 30 days to find out, but if we see any development worth pointing out, this is the place to read it.