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The Next Version Of Android Is Confirmed As 4.1 Jelly Bean, Will Be Coming To The HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus From Google Play First

Google’s let a bit of info slip a litGoogle’s let a bit of info slip a little early via the Play Store. When purchasing a Galaxy Nexus via the site, while checking out, the device is listed on your order as “Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ – The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…” This marks the first time the name Jelly Bean, and the version number 4.1 has been referenced publicly.tle early via the Play Store. When purchasing a Galaxy Nexus via the site, while checking out, the device is listed on your order as “Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ – The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…” This marks the first time the name Jelly Bean, and the version numbGoogle’s let a bit of info slip a little early via the Play Store. When purchasing a Galaxy Nexus via the site, while checking out, the device is listed on your order as “Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ – The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell…” This marks the first time the name Jelly Bean, and the version number 4.1 has been referenced publicly.er 4.1 has been refer enced publicly.

 

More interesting than that, however, is that the listing specifically says that the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store is “soon the first phone” running the new OS. While most major versions of Android are launched alongside flagship devices, this implies that 4.1 will not have it’s own new Nexus phone. This lends even more credence to the idea that Google will instead be launching a Nexus tablet at I/O along with Jelly Bean.

Just a few more days until we know more for sure. At this point, though, it’s hard to not get excited.

Nokia suffers another blow from Android

Android has taken another bite out of Nokia. Google’s operating system for mobile handsets is making life painful for the Finnish firm, which was already under a sustained assault from Apple’s iPhone. Cheap Android-based handsets are even invading Nokia’s former safe havens in emerging markets. The result was a profit warning on April 11. Nokia’s promised turnaround now looks less likely, and further away if it comes.

While global smartphone sales are soaring,Nokia only sold 12 million in the first quarter — half as many as a year ago. The decline won’t stop soon. Nokia has pinned its hopes on using Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system to power its smartphones at the higher end of the market. But there are many more apps available for Android devices and iPhones. So Nokia is having to compete even more aggressively on price to attract custom.

Meanwhile, the market position of Android and iPhones will become further entrenched. These rivals won’t sit still either. Apple could unveil a new iPhone as soon as the late summer.

It is now clear that Steve Elop, Nokia’s newish chief executive, took a colossal gamble in pinning the firm’s future to the Windows operating system. He doesn’t have time on his side. Strong take-up of the new Windows devices slated for later in the year is probably the only thing that can give him a reprieve.