Android 4.3 Shows Up in Server Logs on Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10
Here's an interesting find from our friends over at AndroidAuthority. They were perusing their own server logs and found a curious amount of devices using various versions of Jelly Bean that we haven't heard of yet. They spotted Android 4.3, Android 4.3.3 and Android 4.3.1. All of these versions were running on various devices like the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. Could some Google employees be using a newer version of Jelly Bean on their devices while browsing content over there? Seems like a distinct possibility. It's also possible these were faked, but it seems like a difficult and strange thing to pull off for almost no reason. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Could Google be preparing a newer version of Jell Bean for launch at Google I/O, and then preparing a later launch of Android 5.0/Key Lime Pie for later in the year? It definitely looks like a possibility now. Thanks for sharing this!
As you can see in the screenshot above, we can easily spot a bunch of Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 running a variety of Android 4.3 versions including JWR25C, JWR24B, and JWR29/JWR29B. We also notice a Nexus 4 running build JDQ39 (Android 4.2.2) which is identified for some reason as Android 4.3.
Of the build versions mentioned above, we spotted JWR25C on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, while JWR24B was seen on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. Build number JWR29/JWR29B has been seen on the Nexus 4.
After digging through the virtual dirt, we found out that visits from these Nexus devices running these Android 4.3 variants were registered in the last week of April, hitting as early as April 29 and coming from a variety of locations, including Google’s Mountain View home in California, other California-based locations, but also London, UK and India.
The screenshot above also shows two other non-Nexus devices running other Android 4.3 versions. One of them is listed as the Huawei U8819 (a model number awfully similar to the Huawei Ascend G300 U8818/U8815) running Android 4.3.3, while the other one is the ADR8995 4G (known to the public as the Pantech Breakout) running Android 4.3.1 (which is interestingly, and probably mistakenly, dubbed as Key Lime Pie).