Last Updated: June 29th, 2013

At least some Android enthusiasts were disappointed that version 4.3 wasn't revealed during Google I/O, despite a few leaks prior to the event. But rest assured that Google is hard at work on the next update to Jelly Bean, as at least one XDA Developers forum poster discovered firsthand. "challeen" took the following pictures at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2013, showing a display model Nexus 4 (allegedly) running Android 4.3. He took some candid photos of both the standard "About phone" settings screen, and what appears to be a new camera interface.


The Settings page isn't all that interesting, but the camera interface seems to include a new see-through action area, complete with a new activation ring and fresh icons for HDR, contrast, and rotation. Regular readers will recall that the AOSP camera controls were one of our biggest complaints with Jelly Bean 4.2 - it's good to see that Google is listening to user feedback.

A later poster, "innocent36," took another shot of the Settings menu showing a pre-release build number of JWR45B and a kernel built a little more than a week ago. The baseband string is "m9615a-cefwmazm-2.0.1700.74," a slight update that we've never seen before, but almost certainly intended for GSM networks. We also get a slightly updated look at the Jelly Bean Easter egg animation. The booth appears to be some kind of banking display, possibly for phone insurance. (If any of our readers are actually at the Mobile Expo, a bit of help here would be appreciated.)


While it's always possible that this sort of thing is an elaborate hoax, the fact that two different people have submitted photos of what appears to be the same device lends it a good amount of credence. There's still no word from Google about Android 4.3, but it's certainly on the way.

Update: A YouTube video (reshot from a private Facebook group) with what seems like the same Nexus 4 was uploaded a short time ago. Thanks to commenter Floris for passing it along.

Update 2: Original video. Thanks, Ashish Banerjee.


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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    Fixing the Bluetooth fiasco of 4.2 would be a great start, as would be finally implementing BLE.

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      And low-latency audio along with a partially realtime kernel.

      • andy_o

        And allowing apps to control mic gain.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Nope. Google spent the last 6 months remaking the camera and changing all the numbers from 4.2 to 4.3.

    • DART

      Yeah. Using "Replace All" escaped them, apparently.

      Haha. Great reply.

      • Noposiib

        Replace all would have replaced their OEMs' softwares too. Now that should never happen in android. OEMs shouldn't be upgrade so quickly.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      LOL, you know, the funny part is Android's default camera app is really limited and leaves a lot to be desired from every possible frame of reference.

      I'm dying for an HTC One with Stock Android, as is rumored, I just lament having to use such a camera with such a crippled software.

      • Cerberus_tm

        There's nothing stopping you from using a different camera application (this isn't a certain fruit!).

        I have just downloaded Night Camera+, for example, which makes better photos in low light than any other application I have seen, by taking 8 shots and integrating them. The free version does everything except use the flash. The paid version is now on sale for € 1.

        • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

          I know that, and some offer some decent functionality, but none comes close to Samsung's or HTC's camera app, that's just a fact, that's even understandable, as all these other camera apps are designed to offer features not available in the regular cameras, not to replace them entirely (moreover, the amount of tweaking that goes into exposure, white balance, etc, in OEM cameras is designed specifically to match the hardware).

    • Michael Ta

      yea i've heard it's really hard. Some says they have to go over all of their code and look for 4.2 and manually replace them with 4.3.

  • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

    Probably lots of bug fixes and such if it wasn't a main part of Google I/O. I think Google is taking the approach for Android of silent upgrades until the next major release.

    IE: 4.0 through to 4.2 released and widely publicised, 4.3 through to 4.9 I can imagine will be silent-ish upgrades to JB until 5.0 Which will be like an iOS major version bump.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, that's not going to happen. Just because there are 6 more digits in arbitrary 0.1 increments ahead of 5.0 doesn't mean we'll see all or any of them. I suspect this will be the last one.

      • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

        That is entirely true as well. I've never really liked Google's way of versioning Android. It's all over the place. I can't entirely blame Google though... OEMs and Carriers hold a significant chunk of the blame.

        I figured my theory was outlandish the second I re-read the comment. I'm used to software versioning where versioning is actually structured properly (for the most part). lol

        • Cherokee4Life

          wait isn't the Android O.S. numbering system based of the API used? I always thought it did make sense...

          • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

            You've got API levels, yes, but if that is the ONLY context we're using to correlate consumer Android versions to programming API levels, there is no way to know unless you look at the dev docs.

            For example, check out the Android SDK Docs. The API Levels are very set in stone, but then look at the Android versions attached to them. When Google released 4.0 to 4.2.x, they used 4 different API levels! Especially between 4.0.1 and 4.0.4, there was an API level change.


          • Cherokee4Life

            i gotchya, I am not too techy in APIs but I always assumed certain API's used a said framework and once Google changed the framework they would change the main OS number so like 2.3 to 3.0. But when the numbers changed from 4.1 to 4.2 it was on the same framework.

            Again this might be terribly wrong but just what I always thought.

          • http://brandonbrown.io/ Brandon Brown

            That's what you would think too! But sadly it isn't the case. I wish it was more like the API levels though, it would partly solve the huge fragmentation issue that has plagued early-ish versions of the OS.

          • Cherokee4Life

            gotchya, well thanks for educating me.

    • OSagnostic

      At I/O they show enhancements to "Project Butter", but it was not clear if this would be in 4.3 or 5.0. My guess is 4.3

      • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

        Mind telling where/when? Ideally on the accompanying youtube video :P

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Well, we already know Bluetooth Low Energy Profile is a part of it, so definitely.

  • Nasko Hristov

    Glad to see some intel about Android 4.3, I was getting worried.

  • Leandros99

    The kernel wasn't flashed at May 14. It was compiled on May 14. ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Petty sure you are right.

      • Bluewall

        Damn, didn't saw your post, upvoted you, sorry :)

      • Leandros99

        I was not sure, because for me it's always the same date. I compile my ROMs myself. ;)

        • Bluewall

          So do I :)

    • Bluewall

      That's right sir !

  • nawa

    Hope this is not a final version of camera. Buttons are too close, I can hit them accidentally, it's better in 4.2, though I like this new ring of buttons.

  • mikeym0p

    I was hoping to see a newer Kernel in 4.3. This makes for a grimmer future... heres to hoping 5.0 is based off of Linux mainline

    • the_banned_one_returns

      "This makes for a grimmer future... heres to hoping 5.0 is based off of Linux mainline"

      Why is that? (serious question)

      • mikeym0p

        I used the term grimmer lightly. I just look forward to the fusion of Android and mainline Linux because the contributions from both projects would help the Linux kernel. I look forward to seamless interaction of computers and mobile devices and unifying the codebase is the first step.

        Android also pulls some amazing power management feats, and I'd love to see that effect linux on my home computers.

  • Tony

    Wish they had 2 main buttons, one for camera and one for video, and get rid of the blue button and make it gel with the rest of the gray/white UI they have.

    • RitishOemraw

      And photosphere and panorama and according to Ron soon Cliplets?

  • Angel Penabad

    XDa thread it's been updated with a video showing new camera settings menu and options. That thing were you cover the buttons with your finger is totally gone. :)

  • Floris
  • Michael Schloz

    The XDA thread has a video of the new camera now...

    • Leandros99

      Videoception. A video of a video.

  • Jacek Kazimierowicz

    I hope new camera will fix the rotation lag...

  • Paul

    4.1 = Jelly Bean, 4.2 = Jelly Bean and now 4.3 = Jelly Bean? Wow... I guess my Galaxy Note II running 4.1.2 I can claim I'm running Jelly Bean right next to a Nexus 4 user running Android 4.3

    • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

      gingerbread was the same way...

      • Kcls

        No? Gingerbread was always 2.3. There was 2.3.4, 2.3.6, 2.3.7 etc, but it was always 2.3.

        • Gary Wilkinson

          2.0 and 2.1 were both Eclair

      • Scott

        @Kcls:disqus @twitter-600515880:disqus you two are both confused

      • mikeym0p

        eclair was. 2.0/2.1

    • RitishOemraw

      And if you want I can make your old amps go up to 11 like the cool new ones!

  • Ashish Banerjee
  • RitishOemraw

    Now all we need is a date for a Google event.....Likee samsung unpacked..but any OEM will do....... any event featuring Google and an OEM is now flagged as 4.3 release date! :D

  • vojtech