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Android Jelly Bean statue blows up as thief strikes

The giant Jelly Bean-filled Android on the front lawn of Google headquarters has literally blown up -- and been struck by a thief to boot.

Android explosion! The giant Jelly Bean-filled Android on the front lawn of Google headquarters has literally blown up -- and been struck by a thief to boot.

The statue celebrating Jelly Bean, version 4.1 of Google's Android software for phone and tablets, overheated in the Californian sun. Google employee Dan Morrill revealed on Google+ that the top of the statue "partially melted and popped off."

With the head having blown off, it seems an opportunistic tea leaf pinched one of the giant jelly beans contained inside. They'd better not tuck in though, as the colourful confectionery is actually made of Styrofoam.

The statue contained 160 giant of the synthetic jelly beans, coated in plastic resin and painted by a New Jersey prop-building company. The builders suffered through a heat wave currently scorching much of the US, which was clearly too much for the bean-bellied droid.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was revealed last week, featuring mind-reading Google Now, a faster frame rate for a smoother look, souped-up notifications and semantic search. It makes its debut on the Google Nexus 7, a jaw-droppingly affordable 7-inch tablet.

As hot as the Nexus 7 is, it seems nobody expected the Jelly Bean statue would get so hot it would pop. Google always erects a statue celebrating each new version of Android, featuring an alphabetically-ordered tasty twist on the software's avuncular Android mascot.

Also in the picture above, can you spot the statues for Android 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, 2.0 Eclair, 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.0 Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich? To explain the different versions, check out our handy guide to all the features of every version.

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