Google, LG to debut Android 4.2 next month: report

Google will announce a new Android version next month, according to a new report.

The LG Optimus G.
(Credit: LG)

At some point in November, Google will co-host an event with LG, where it will unveil Android 4.2, according to blog Android And Me, citing a source. The Android tracker said that that LG will take the opportunity to show off its Optimus G Nexus, a device that will be based on the previously announced Optimus G, but will run the latest operating system.

LG unveiled the Optimus G last month. The device comes with a host of impressive specs, including a 4.7-inch WXGA screen, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The handset comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage.

Android And Me's sources didn't offer up too many details on the Optimus G, but the blog claimed that Android 4.2 will be a nominal update over Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). According to the blog's sources, the new operating system will come with better power management and an improved Google Play store. Other than that, not much will change, according to the blog's sources.

As Google reportedly prepares to deliver a new Android version, the company is still dealing with a heavily fragmented marketplace. Earlier this week, Google revealed on its developers' page that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which launched back in December 2010, is still the most popular software version, tallying 55.5 per cent share. Jelly Bean has only mustered 1.8 per cent share so far.

CNET has contacted both LG and Google for comment on the report., but had received no response by the time of publishing.


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ZoranZ1 posted a comment   

This is madness
i have 2 android tablets, one is running 3.2 (galaxy tab 7.7, which is still current


Chandler posted a comment   

No wonder Google is having problems with fragmentation - Jelly Bean still felt new to me until I read this article...

OEMs aren't able to keep up with the pace of Google's updates, and it's not in their best interest too.

If 2-year old hardware is running the same OS as the latest and greatest, and the buyer isn't interested in the higher specs, why would they fork out for it?

Only having the newer hardware running the newer OS is in the OEM's financial interests, unfortunately.


Saileone posted a comment   

This is the problem with Andriod, if Apple can update their phones within seconds, Andriod is waiting years. I have just switched over from Iphone 4s to Samsung, and no comparison.


trebor83 posted a comment   

So the next Nexus is going to have some kind of fatal flaw then. The specs look impressive, but LG have a habit of finding a way to ruin promising devices.


Will1505 posted a reply   

I couldn't have put it better myself. I highly doubt this will be a nexus device as there are so many rumours about the galaxy nexus two due very soon.


trebor83 posted a reply   

The reports also continue that there are going to be a range of Nexus devices and that anyone will be able to build a nexus so long as it meets "Googles standards".

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