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Android 4.3 could debut at Google I/O, not Android 5.0

Recent server logs for several blogs suggest the next build of Android may be version 4.3.

Key Lime Pie should come next, but maybe later than we think.
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With only a few weeks to go until Google I/O kicks off, Android followers expect to see the debut of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, the platform's next-generation build. Well, you know what they say about assuming, right?

According to Android Police, recent server logs for 4.3 Jelly Bean version of Android are being tested and used in the real world. Specifically, an Android 4.3 JWR23B build has been tracked to Google IPs, and allegedly tied to a pair of employees who "have a lot to do with Android."

Reportedly, two devices were found running 4.3: the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4. Historically, Nexus models are the first to see the latest build of Android. Adding fuel to the fire, the blog also cites a number of recent comments posted in Google's Chromium bug tracker with the same JWR23B release.

Perhaps not coincidentally, last week gave rise to rumors that Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie" was being delayed a few months. Unconfirmed chatter suggests that handset makers are struggling to keep pace and that most are trying to deploy 4.2 Jelly Bean.

It's worth reminding readers that Google has yet to confirm the next release of Android as either 5.0 or Key Lime Pie. While it may seem to be the logical progression for Android, nothing yet ties those two together in any official capacity.

The window for rumors is closing quickly for the next release of Android; Google I/O 2013 takes place May 15-17 in San Francisco, and CNET will be there on the ground to cover all the news.