Ian Stacy · Oct 7, 2012 at 04:00 pm

Android 4.2 Incoming? Key Lime Pie Rumors, Specualtion and More

Update: It appears as if these rumors were in fact false. We apologize for getting your hopes up. That said, we can’t wait to hear what’s actually coming up for Key Lime Pie. For your amusement, you can view the Hoaxer’s admission here.

Android, as a mobile platform, is more successful than ever before. The combination of a dynamic operating system with a flexible user interface that continues to evolve has kept the Android OS at the top of the mobile platform world. Additionally, Android is highly modular by design, allowing it to be installed and to run smoothly on diverse hardware. If the rumors are to be believed, it appears that the modular quality of the AOSP source code will be put to the test in the newest iteration of  Android, which will bring the OS to version 4.2 Key Lime Pie.

Before we go any further, let it be known that the following information comes primarily from rumors, hear-say and speculation. According to Taylor Wimberley, however, the information came from an Android insider whose leaks have proven reliable in the past. Even so, it’s best to take rumors and leaks with a grain of salt.

The Android 4.2 OS will likely debut on the upcoming rumored Nexus line of devices from Google. Over the past weeks much has been said about the Nexus line and what’s to come. Most of the evidence and some recent events suggest that Google will indeed allow multiple OEMs to manufacture Nexus devices, assuming said device is up to Nexus standards. Support, drivers, and software updates for these devices will be handled the same way that current Nexus devices are. This would undoubtedly increase the options available for consumers looking to purchase a bleeding-edge Nexus-line device.

The rumored new features of the OS itself are certainly exciting. If the rumors are true, Android 4.2 will feature a ‘Customization Center’ that will allow users to perform a variety of tasks like setting wallpapers or ringtones. Mentions have also been made of  ‘templates’ that will allow users change the layout and appearance of UI elements and ‘filters’ that will presumably allow users to apply Instagram-like effects to their UI. The ‘Customization Center’ will reportedly feature an option to enable or disable OEM UI overlays like HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz UI—something many Android users have been clamoring for since manufacturers first began including them.

The word on the street is that Android 4.2 will have a handful of new features, including improved battery life, a redesigned personalized Google Play experience, and improved versions of Google Now and the AOSP video player. Pretty cool right? It looks like we’ll be finding out towards the end of this month (assuming, of course, the rumors hold true). Be sure to keep your eyes on the Portal for the latest updates!


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Ian Stacy

Ian Stacy is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View Ian Stacy's posts and articles here.
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