One of the surprising omissions from last week’s Google I/O developer conference is a new iteration of the Android mobile operating system. With many hoping to see the new Android 5.0 or even Android 4.3, Google made no announcement whatsoever on its leading mobile OS.
However, little bits of news have trickled out suggesting that the new version of Android will be version 4.3, and not 5.0 as many have hoped for. Interestingly, an LG Nexus 4 device running on Android 4.3 has been spotted at last week’s Thailand Mobile Expo, and shows off what appears to be a new UI on the camera app. However, any additional features were not covered by the two xda-developers forum members who found the device, which is running on a pre-release build of Android 4.3.
From the video above, it appears that the gesture-based user interface on the camera app has been updated on Android 4.3, while still retaining the circular module that is unique to stock Android.
GSMarena speculates that this new version of Android will debut together with the white edition of the Nexus 4 smartphone, and may even be announced on June 10, the same date when Apple is expected to announce iOS7, an iterative update to its own iOS mobile operating system.