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Jelly Beans arrived at Google's HQ

Google has further confirmed the rumors by adding a Jelly Bean statue to its gardens at Mountain View, California, which clearly indicates to Jelly Bean being the name for the latest Android version.

It's now almost certain that Google will release the latest version of its Android OS and it will be known as Jelly Bean. Google is expected to introduce the latest OS at its I/O developer conference which is set to kick-off this week and all rumors are pointing to Android 4.1 as the next version rather than Android 5.0.

Google has further confirmed the rumors by adding a Jelly Bean statue to its gardens at Mountain View, California. The garden at Google's HQ is adorned with other statues representing all the previous versions of Android like the Ice Cream Sandwich, Ginger Bread, Honeycomb and the much older Cupcake, Donut and Eclair.

The addition of the Jelly Bean statue makes it clear that Google will be coming up with its own tablet for the very first time at the I/O conference and it will run the Jelly Bean version of Android.

After days of speculations and rumors it has been widely accepted that Google's first ever tablet will be called the Nexus 7, and this tablet as can be guessed from the name itself will feature a 7 inch screen.

The Nexus 7 is a joint effort by Google and ASUS, where the latter seems to be the manufacturer. The tablet has long been rumored to feature the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is said to be powered by NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The tablet is expected to have a 1280 x 800 IPS display with 178-degree viewing angles and backed by a GeForce 12-core GPU along with 1GB of RAM.

Coming back to Jelly Bean, it is rumored to offer an improvised Android experience that will include the long rumored Google Assistant app which is going to be similar to the iOS Siri. Another major feature is that OS updates will now be handled by Google itself. This will allow for a better and more consistent experience along with easier app updates and developer support.

The latest Android Jelly Bean is going to run on Google's first ever tablet which is rumored to be valued at $199 for the 8GB variant and $249 for the 16GB variant. This is good news for the budget-friendly consumers and apparently all are eager to see what else Google has in store at the I/O conference.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-06-28 (Update: 2012-06-28)