What turns from a Cupcake to a Jelly Bean in roughly three and a half years? Why the tastily titled Android Operating System for mobile devices, of course. Writing about the mobile OS over the past few years always has my mind drifting off to thoughts of a delicious desert or snack time treat, as Google developers love nicknaming each successive version of their OS as some type of food, candy or other edible temptation. Now it appears that the first handset to deliver the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system to a US handset might get the first shot at the new Jelly Bean 4.1 version of the smartphone market dominating OS.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone that debuted on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network in December of last year comes packed with ICS out-of-the-box. But the beginnings of a press release type of announcement by Google made recently said that the Galaxy Nexus 4G would likely be the first device to deliver the new Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. All that was shown was the beginning of a sentence about the Galaxy Nexus 4G ending with, “… soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…” Google would not confirm or deny the statement, and has since removed it from the Google Play Store where it was spotted by Droid-Life, GigaOM and others.
But speculation fuels the web, and though the Jelly Bean operating system and its features have yet to be explained, no doubt the Android Blogosphere is anxious to see it arrive. There are rumors that the Jelly Bean OS will be red carpeted at the Google IO Developers Conference in San Francisco this week from June 27 to 29. Google and Apple generally prefer to roll out a new operating system on a new device, and the new 7 inch Google Nexus tablet made by Asus could always appear this week in San Francisco with Jelly Bean 4.1.
Whether or not Jelly Bean 4.1 is delivered this week to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the bungled announcement and then retraction at least shows that the operating system is in the works and headed for one of the best selling Android phones currently on the market. The large screen, high-resolution and NFC out-of-the-box support team up with a fast dual core processor and 1080P HD video capture that currently retails for $49 on the Sprint network and $0.01 on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network on contract at select retailers. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G starting at one penny!