Sunday, October 7, 2012

Evidence suggests Android 4.2 could already be running on two new Motorola devices

New evidence has surfaced suggesting that Google’s upcoming version of Android may not be too far off. The folks over at Android Police have gone through their internal server logs, only to discover a slew of devices appearing to be running Android 4.2, which is rumored to be an iterative update to this year’s Jelly Bean release.
Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 7 Build/JOO92B
Linux; Android 4.2; Nexus 7 Build/JOP02B
Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOP04C
Linux; Android 4.2; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOO92B
Linux; Android 4.2; Galaxy Nexus Build/JOP04
Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOO92B
Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOP04B
Linux; Android 4.2; occam Build/JOP04C
Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; occam Build/JOP03B
Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-gb; occam Build/JOP03B
Linux; U; Android 4.2; en-us; occam Build/JOP04
Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP04C
Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP03
Linux; Android 4.2; manta Build/JOP05
The code above signifies the naming scheme for the new Jelly Bean build, as well as two new pieces of hardware. Along with the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, two new devices, code named Occam and Manta, are listed as running the new software. The Occam has been pointed out to be a philosophical reference to “Occam’s Razor”, implying that the device could turn out to be a RAZR M or RAZR HD Nexus variant (hence the ironic name choice). The Manta on the other hand is reminiscent of Google’s  long tenure of using aquatic code names. You may remember the Nexus 7 being called Grouper before it launched, while the Motorola XOOM was known as both the Stingray and Wingray for Verizon and Wi-Fi models. This new device could very well be a new tablet, quite possibly the Nexus 10.
Obviously, this is pure speculation at this point. However, the evidence is starting to stack up as we draw closer to the end of October. So, while we may be confident in the idea of several Nexus devices–perhaps even Motorola-manufactured ones– it seems as though we’ll need to wait for a bit more information until we can truly say what exactly Google has in store for us.

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