There have been a number of reports over the last few days of an Android 4.2 build being detected in website server logs. Whether this is a completely new build of Android (Key Lime Pie) or a new version of Jelly Bean is an unknown right now. We first saw the report from Android Police, but what piqued our interest is when Android Authority talked about finding reports of a Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S running the software.
AA went on to say that “in our logs it’s the Xperia Arc S that showed up the most. In fact it was more frequent than the Nexus 7 or the Galaxy Nexus.” Engadget this morning has also this morning reported that it has seen several instances of an Xperia arc S running Android 4.2. However, they go on to say that “upon further investigation it seems more likely that this is a beta of Jelly Bean 4.1 currently being tested by Sony”. We’re not really sure why a Android 4.1 Jelly Bean beta would be flagged as Android 4.2, but as this data can be manipulated we need to be careful in assuming any of this as a fact.
If true though it shows there is a very good chance that Sony and Google are working much closer on future Android builds. This doesn’t automatically mean there is an Xperia Nexus in the works, even if it is, we imagine this is a future rather than current project. It hopefully does mean that the 2011 Xperia devices will be updated to Jelly Bean. We still await official word on this regard from Sony Mobile, but hopefully it will confirm one way or the other very soon.
Thanks adsada and Paul!