The Chromium bug tracker has long been a great destination for unreleased Android version spotting. Like Glacier Park is for grizzly bear appearances or Hawaii for whale watching, wild, untamed beasts are always lurking in the bowels of Chromium. The members of the Chromium Project seem to regularly have devices running new builds of our favorite mobile OS, which appears to be the case again today. Spotted in a posting of bug 267659, a Chromium user was reporting on an issue with Cloud Print by listing out his devices. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 both made appearances running Android build KRS36B. Why is that significant? The “K,” my friends.
The “K” in KRS36B is for “Key” in Key Lime Pie, the expected next release of Android.
All previous releases for Jelly Bean start with a “J,” just like Ice Cream Sandwich releases started with an “I” and Gingerbread builds with a “G.” For example, the most recent Android 4.3 update that rolled out to the original Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 is JWR66V. And since Google continues to push forward with this alphabetical naming scheme, “K” can only mean the new version of Android.
Most of us are assuming we’ll see some major UI refinements or changes in Key Lime Pie, and that there is a good chance it’ll be Android 5.0. However, the numbering scheme won’t be confirmed until Google decides to make it official.For all we know, Android 4.4 could end up as KLP.
Rumors suggest that Google will unveil the new version of Android this fall during an event that will feature a new Nexus 10, new Nexus 4 (or other new Nexus phone), and maybe even a watch. October 15 could be a date to circle on your calendars.