The Great “Android 4.2” Hoax: What to Expect Now?

10 Oct

The previous week had been rife with speculations regarding Google’s possible Android 4.2 update—rumored to be called “Key Lime Pie”— and the possibility that the new platform will debut with LG’s Optimus Nexus G. A number of reports also pointed to the potential release of multiple other Nexus devices, and claimed Google will be applying various new software tweaks to these products.

As recently revealed by AndroidPolice, it turns out most of the reports regarding Google’s Android updates are based on a series of fake rumors concocted by a web commentator. For the purpose of clearing things up, the alleged Android “updates” that are now proclaimed to be false include:

  1. A supposedly enhanced Google Play Store that provides more streaming content, exclusive games, and flexible billing options (iTech Post).
  2. A customization center that makes it easier for users to change personal profiles, wallpaper, ringtones, and various other interface settings (DroidLife).
  3. A Project Butter successor known as “Project RoadRunner,” which allegedly allows for a smoother platform experience in addition to facilitating a variety of subtle hardware improvements (iTech Post).

Until proven otherwise by an official source, it is safe –at least for now– to disregard the above mentioned rumors along with any major claims concerning an impending new Android platform. With regards to the validity status of the other Google-related speculations, though, the debate appears to be an ongoing one. AndroidPolice claims to have seen multiple “distinct” Google products with new codenames before the onset of the 4.2 rumors, and reported how possible tests are being conducted on two unnamed products that have yet to be released. As mentioned earlier, CNET also appears quite confident that LG and Google are set to announce a handset with an updated Android system. While unconfirmed at the moment, a set of pictures have recently been leaked online unveiling what appears to be LG’s new Android handset (as shown below).

Taking into account that people are still in the process of adapting to Android “Jelly Bean” 4.1, it makes sense that Google will not opt to release an entirely new platform this soon during the year. According to CNET, most Android users are still using Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), whose share is about 55%. The share for Jelly Bean, on the other hand, is revealed to be a meager 1.8%. Releasing an entirely new Android update, in a sense, may potentially further the confusion over what platform version to use.

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