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Android 4.3 Possibly Spotted Running on Nexus 4, Build Number JWR45B

Android 4.3

Over on XDA, a user posted some pictures this morning of a Nexus 4 that was seen at a mobile expo taking place in Thailand. What makes this N4 special is that the device appears to be running a completely new build number, JWR45B. Coupled with the new build is a kernel that was built in May, signs that we could definitely be setting our eyes on Android 4.3.

Only a few pictures were snapped, one of the About section, another of the camera’s semi-new interface (controls to the side rather than in the focus area), concluded by the Jelly Bean Easter Egg found through the About section. Not too much new here in terms of design, so it could be a pretty safe bet that Android 4.3 won’t feature a radical look or UI change.

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After some searches on the new build number, it becomes apparent that JWR45B is just one of few numbers that could potentially be Android 4.3. Others include JWR46 and JWR39D.

It should only be a matter time when Google feels it appropriate to drop Android 4.3 on us. The question of course, is when? Will it be June 10?

Via: XDA [2]

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  • Bill Brasky

    Lets hope it isn’t a piece of crap like 4.2

  • Ultrabook

    ..and my Xperia S has just received the jelly bean update.

  • joejoe5709

    So? Get one and never use it. Who knows… you might like it. I had a hotmail account before coming to Android and now I love my Gmail.

  • joejoe5709

    Uuuuhhh. Several things wrong with your argument bucko and I just don’t have the time, but I’ll try to scratch the surface.

    ICS and Jelly Bean are Android’s first real semi-polished experience and changed the game forever. ICS/Jelly Bean has been fast, stable, and feature rich from the start. Each update generally makes it better and better even if it doesn’t look vastly different. Android has a lot of polish still to go, but they have found a pretty good balance between cutting edge features and usability. Even compared to Apple’s recent efforts, we’re still sooooo far ahead in terms of UI and features.

    iOS does change and they do add features – some of which are actually pretty good. iOS tends to rely on stability and polish rather than being experimental to stay competitive. iOS is much more “conservative” than Android and even with major updates, they don’t change the look very much. I highly doubt any major update will really differ from their current setup. It will scare away the iSheep.

    My wife has an iPhone and it drives her crazy how much I’m always talking about updates and new features. She would much rather just have a phone that she knows and loves. I think that says it all.

  • joejoe5709

    Sweet. But let’s not bellyache about the incremental uptick for Android. I see this as proof that Jelly Bean is just that good and Key Lime will be here in due time when it’s polished and perfect. I love Jelly Bean and bug fixes are all good. Plus I’m not sure my Gnex could handle something more advanced than Jelly Bean 😉

  • lets hope this actually fixes the horrible battery life the i’ve had since 4.2. 4.1.2 was perfect for battery life. GNex lasted all day. 4.2 gets me 7-8 hours when i pull it off the charger in the morning, if i’m lucky…….hows CM for battery life? i’m hearing good things

    • joejoe5709

      Most of the CM based ROM’s are as good or often better than stock. I’ve had good luck with Carbon ROM. Lots of features, stable, quick and battery life is about the same as CM or PA. But unfortunately every phone is slightly different. Those that are getting 12+ hours probably found that perfect elixir that makes their phone sing. With a custom kernel, I was able to slightly underclock my phone. Still runs about the same, but I generally get 10-11 hours on a single charge with relatively heavy use. Also, I had to purchase a new battery. I notice a big difference when i switch back to my old battery. Worth the $10-20 if you can find one.

      • I have 3 different batteries that i use so it’s not that. i just recently locked the bootloader, unlocked it, updated to stock 4.2.2 and rooted it. so now i’m checking to see if this gets me any better battery life, which it isn’t, really. so i’ll try to use CM soon and see if that helps. Thanks for the input

  • JMonkeYJ

    oh man i hope this means they got rid of those pop-up controls in the camera. those things are a nightmare, constantly activating when you’re trying to swipe or do something else. definitely one of the poorly thought out 4.2 “features.”

  • mx

    I hope so, Bluetooth 4.0 is sadly missing from stock Android right now. That means an app/device that we are working on is only compatible with iOS and a couple of Samsung phones right now. I need Nexus support!

  • duke69111

    I hope they fix the sent folder in the email app, so it stops showing me as the sent to person.

  • a.d.AM

    Ahhhhhhhhh, The precious! The only thing better than 4.3 on the Nexus 4 is 4.3 on a Next Gen Nexus 7!!!!

  • Robert Jakiel

    Facelift? oh you mean they are chaging the default style of the icons and making things a bit flatter. Maybe a quick color scheme change too. Yeah… a real face lift. I would call that more of a botched botox job than a face lift.

  • Matt

    Forget Jelly Bean updates and Key Lime Pie…when is licorice coming out?

    • trd105

      Licorice will be debuted with the X-Phone

  • Jim Bennett

    Could they maybe fix portrait photos being rotated to landscape orientation when sent to other apps or texted, maybe? It is 2013 after all.

  • rk

    Would be nice if they announced some wearable computing gear using bluetooth le (e.g. google watch) along with 4.3.

    • ddevito

      Ah – indeed you may be on to something

  • Butters619

    iOS is getting a face lift because it has looked the same for 6 years.

    ICS was introduced about a year and a half ago. When it’s November 2018 and it still looks the same, then complain.

    • Chris Hannan

      Exactly what I was thinking. Haha It’s not even 2 years old yet and they’re still doing .x updates. Not to mention it is changing, just not as radically as the 2.3 to 4.0 jump. Compare the lockscreens from 4.0-4.2. Look at the notification shade. Google is changing different parts of the OS as they go along.

    • joejoe5709

      Ha. Yes. Thank you.

  • Doug Miller

    How about working wifi? Wifi has been very problematic since 4.2 on my GNex (Toro). So tired of Google ignoring the issue and having grey bars / data stalls with wifi during sleep.

    • jevan

      i second this, its annoying having to turn off then turn my wifi back on to regain connectivity

  • Clayton Ginther

    My phone is ready

  • Lowry Brooks

    Now that the same thing happens to Android where they rarely give it a facelift, all the android fanboys use the same IOS fanboy excuses. “Its an iteration” or “Just wait for the next one”
    makes sense.

    • Chris Hannan

      Android just got a major “face lift” not even two years ago. I don’t even want them to dramatically change the interface yet. It’s still new and it still looks really nice.

  • Droid Ronin

    ICS was already a major facelift for Android, why do another one so soon? Also, “barely changing”? JB 4.1 was a major update from ICS with Project Butter, Google Now, and Expandable Notifications, while 4.2 brought lock screen widgets, better camera, gesture typing, and notification toggles.

    While iOS brings nearly nothing with each update, Android still brings a boatload of useful features with each iteration.

  • Siavosh Taba

    Would be nice if you could use the power button as camera shutter, think it’s stupid you can’t now :/

    • Or volume up, which might make more sense as power would turn off the screen and sleep the app.

  • makes sense

  • Brian Walker

    Please, please, PLEASE fix the camera rotation UI. Thanks, Goog.

    • Kie

      One of my biggest issues with 4.x

    • duke69111

      Whats wrong with it? I guess I have not noticed anything wrong.

      • Brian Walker

        If you have a Nexus, or a phone with an AOSP ROM, open up the camera on portrait, then rotate to landscape. Instead of the icons simply turning, the entire screen flips. This is because on a tablet the nav bar will reorient to the bottom of the screen. On a phone, the nav bar stays put, yet the screen still does the rotate animation. Look at these 3 pictures http://imgur.com/a/fNVWD. The middle one is while rotating (hard to time the screenshot). It freezes for a moment, too, which is the difference between getting my kids and missing the shot.

        • teleclimber

          huh, now that you point it out, that IS annoying.

          The thing I would really like them to fix is when you’re swiping around in the gallery, and you get past the first pic you end up in the camera app. Argh. It takes a second for it to start up and then you have to swipe out of it without accidentally taking a pic… That is an attempt at being a cool UI that is actually a pain in the…

          • Chris Hannan

            I agree. I don’t normally swipe into it though but when I’m deleting pics from the filmstrip view and I get to the last pic before the camera “card”, it’ll sometimes slide into the camera. At least don’t do that. If you delete the last card on the left, slide to the card to the right.

        • duke69111

          Ok, yea I have noticed that. I just never thought about it not rotating the whole screen and just flipping the shooter button. That would be a good fix.

          • Brian Walker

            Honestly, if they just got of that slight lag and left it otherwise untouched I’d be satisfied.

    • joejoe5709

      Definitely part of the polish that we need. This sort of thing is what the iSheep quote in their “Why Apple is Better” rants.

  • KleenDroid

    Who the heck would want things to change often anyway. Improvements is where it’s at anyway and android has been doing just fine.

  • Brandon Golway

    Just give in to G+ already, I’ve been using it for about 2 years and it’s an awesome service.

    • Lowry Brooks

      It is actually really nice.

    • not that you actually even have to use it either. Just have the account, just like you have always had to have a gmail or mobile me account for Android/IOS to do any form of syncing.

  • EC8CH

    stupidest troll comment….. wait for it….


    • wickets

      well say what you want about trolls etc, but my ipads 1 and 3 are all at the same current version and up to date while my nexus is 4.22 and my note2 still effing 4.1

      • brkshr

        All my Nexus devices are on 4.2.2 😛

        • EC8CH

          mine too…

          *nexus bro bump*

        • Droid Ronin

          My 2 year old Galaxy Tab 10.1 is on 4.2.2, courtesy of the developer community. 🙂

        • NexusPhan69

          He is lying. iPad 1 does not support iOS6. I still have mine lying around somewhere and I wanted to try out Apple maps. Apple maps is only supported on iOS6+ which is not available.

          • brkshr


      • Clayton Ginther

        you can blame your cell carrier for that. root and you won’t have that issue.

      • Butters619

        Yeah but your iPad 3 has Siri and your iPad 1 does not….

      • Jared

        They may be on the same version, but try using Siri on your iPad 1. The version number is the same, but the 1 is missing a lot of features the 3 has with the ‘same’ version.

        • markt9002

          Or on your iPhone 4. From what I understand it’s only possible with jailbreak.

        • iPad 1 still have iOS 5, not the latest version… so not the same version. iPad 2 instead has the latest version, but without siri.

        • wickets

          well thats like saying use google now on your 2006 razr….ipad 1 is prehistoric already but a lot more useful and current to the latest apple version than any 2009/2010 android is

      • Are your ipads all on the exact same version or are they on modified versions? Because I recall all iphones getting “IOS6” but not all flavors of IOS6 were the same. There were .1 differences between devices and HUGE feature differences (Siri, Navigation, etc).

        So your ipads are on ios6.1, 6.2, 6.3, etc. While your android devices are also only .1 apart. They are all on “AndroidOS4.” Feel better?

      • Jay

        I would of thought you’d be happy that you weren’t stuck with buggy 4.2

  • Joe

    I’d say Google is just trying to help with the fragmentation issue before keylime is dropped

    • joejoe5709

      With Gingerbread still 40%-ish. That’s a tough battle, but probably true.

  • mustbepbs

    I want more Project Butter.

    Needs moar butter.

    • evolutionx1


    • Paula Deen would approve.

      • EC8CH

        officially renamed to “Project Paula”

      • mustbepbs

        Actually she’s all skinny health nut now.

        • Ryuuie

          She’s got Diabetes Type II now so it makes sense. She’s had it for about 3 years now.

          Actually, that was a big thing last year. She had diabetes while still cooking that unhealthy food and THEN came out as a diabetic on the same day she was announced as a sponsor for her diabetes medication.

          So yeah…

          • EC8CH

            Are you implying the unhealthy food gave you Diabetes??? because that is a big fat lie:

          • Terrifying and funny at the same time.

          • Ryuuie

            I laughed too hard at this.

            Far, far too hard.

          • derek connolly

            This right here!

    • MrJigolo

      Yup. And PLEASE Google get rid of the hideous blue theme. Make the time white or light grey. The status bar is hideous when using apps like Spotify and Google Music because all you see is hideous blue at the top that doesn’t mix well with the green and orange of those apps.

      • Butters619

        I love the blue there. I thought the green in GB was awful.

        • Chris Hannan

          Such a coincidence because when I saw this leak on Gizmodo, the very first thing I thought was “I hope they never change the blue to another color.”

      • Caleb Shahamat

        You stop it…right this instant!

      • geedee82

        nah man

      • beng8686

        That sounds dull. Like iPhone dull.

      • ToddAwesome

        pump the brakes, PUMP THE BRAKES!

      • joejoe5709

        Carbon ROM my friend. You can have whatever color you desire.

        But I really like the blue. Futuristic.

      • Derek Gelinas

        That’s what custom roms are for. I mean if you’re gonna have stock Android, you might as well go all the way and use a decent rom.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Guest go away

  • Jeff C

    took iOS how long to get a facelift though?

  • MichaelFranz

    I think we will see more camera options and features

  • ddevito

    OEMs have had a hard time keeping up with Android iterations, plus we don’t know if 5.0 was ready or not, most likely not. And Android iterations always have more feature updates than iOS, not even close.

    iOS facelift is coming after feeling pressure from Android and apple fanboys whining. Trust me, from what I’ve read, they won’t be happy with Ive’s redesign anyway. Plus iOS has been THE SAME since 2007 (UI/UX).

    Android 5.0 will be announced in the fall/winter with a huge announcement and keynote, don’t worry.

    • Michael Harrison

      Most likely will be a 4.x for KLP. I don’t think they will be rebuilding Android again this soon. Unless they decide to ditch traditional numbering systems.

      • ddevito

        4.3 won’t be KLP

        • Patrick Hermey

          i think he is saying klp will be 4.4 or 4.5 etc

          • Michael Harrison

            Correct Patrick. Didn’t say 4.3 is KLP, just that KLP will most likely still be on the 4th build of Android. I could be wrong, but I just don’t see them rebuilding android just yet. Fits the pattern. 1.0 and 1.1 came out before names. Then we got 2 unnamed API levels on the 1st build, then 2 named. (C 3/ D 4) Build 2 got us 6 API levels, and 3 names. (E 5, E 6, E 7, F 8, G 9, G 10) Build 3 was kinda the red headed stepchild, saw 3 API and only 1 name. (H 11, H 12, H 13) Then we got the 4th build, which has seen 4 API Levels, and 2 names. (ICS 14, ICS 15, JB 16, JB 17) We know from I/O that API 18 is coming, which will be JB 18. I would personally expect a KLP 19 and 20 before moving to L and android 5.0.

    • joejoe5709

      Agreed. 4.3 is probably the last little bit of updating before KLP. Last minute tweaks to keep us all happy. I would expect a massive announcement sometime in August/September. It’s going to be HUGE. Correct me if I’m wrong, but 2013 has been a little… boring. I think that’s because all the OEM’s are working on next-gen stuff. Expect KLP and a new Nexus (or two or three) with a release date sometime around Thanksgiving. Hopefully Verizon will get a true Nexus sometime before Christmas *smh*. Need proof? See Android circa 2011.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Man what the hell are you even talking about? Go away.

  • ddevito

    quit the bitching and buy a blackberry then