Is there another, newer Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version out there that we don’t know about yet? The Google Nexus 4 hasn’t been in the news that often as of late, largely due to the rampant Apple-related rumors and Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) updates that have emerged this week. However, the Google flagship phone, which was the first handset to ship with Android 4.2, may be due for an upgrade soon.
In Brazil, Nexus 4 units have been spotted running on Android 4.2.2, fresh from the assembly line as South Korean company LG, the manufacturer of the Nexus 4, does operate in Brazil as well. Recent reports claim that LG’s plant in Taubate, Brazil are now manufacturing Nexus 4 units in an effort to keep up with the tremendous demand for the new “pure Google” handset that is still limited in availability in most, if not all parts of the world. These units supposedly run on Android 4.2.2, the most recent version of Jelly Bean that has yet to be announced by Google. That means that customers who purchase the Nexus 4 on the Google Play store may potentially receive a unit that comes with Android 4.2.2 out of the box. In addition to Brazil, Android 4.2.2 has been sighted in Malaysia, although this report may not be as credible as the Brazilian sighting.
As the leaked images of the Brazilian Nexus 4 running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean can easily be faked, it’s hard to say whether the above reports are legitimate or not. In the meantime, Google is no longer allowing device users to download Android 4.1.2 for the Nexus 4, which suggests there may be a new Jelly Bean version ready to roll out in due time. There isn’t any information at the moment on what new features or improvements would be included, but if there would be, we should learn about that within the next few days to a week.