Jun 26 AT 3:59 PM Dustin Earley 13 Comments

Google I/O 2012: Jelly Bean statue hits the Googleplex front lawn

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Can you feel the excitement in the air? Google I/O is just one day away now, and the blogosphere is quivering in anticipation. We’re not entirely sure what Google has prepared for us, but thanks to a yearly tradition that dates all the way back to Cupcake, or Android 1.5, we know it will definitely involve jelly beans.

That’s right, firmly planted in the ground outside of Building 44 at the Googleplex, you’ll now find a bright, colorful Jelly Bean statue, signaling the arrival of the next major release of Android.

Expected to release alongside the Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 ( or so we believe it will be called) will for the most part be a refinement release. Ice Cream Sandwich brought with it more changes than any single update so far. Jelly Bean will, more or less, work to smooth those features out. A tweaked Google search bar, a redesigned Google Play app. Things like that. Of course Google undoubtedly has some surprises in store for us, but don’t expect them to drop Holo or anything drastic like that.

If you want to watch the unveiling of Jelly Bean unfold right before your very eyes, Google will be live streaming the entire I/O keynote starting tomorrow at 12:30 PM EST (9:30 AM PST). If you can’t make the keynote, fear not. We’ll have all the I/O coverage you can handle right here on Android and Me.

Source: Google+

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • pallen

    I’ll be watching the Google I/O stream for the ‘Nexus 7′ tablet release. I am really hoping it has 16G available and a SD card slot.

    • aranea

      I wouldn’t hold my breath for the SD card.

  • aranea

    The sad thing is the next big Android version, JB, is released and my Atrix is still on GB. No ICS for me…

  • Maitland

    I’ve never owned a tablet, do apps that I pay for on an Android phone transfer over so that I can use them on a tablet and on a phone without paying more than once?

    • jphasson


      • Maitland

        Thank You

  • thekaz

    oooo! They look like the yummy sour jelly beans, too!

  • kwills88

    Really anxious for this, i just hope this isnt a phone hindering update so most devices can get it

  • LukeT32

    Now let’s hope the Gnex gets it as soon the parPlay store makes sound….

  • PH

    Standing by in Oz. Bugger! 2am it starts here.

  • txbluesman

    I am ready for the NEWS!

  • dVyper

    Anticipating the announcement today. Not getting my hopes up for anything significant though…

  • spazby

    will be glued to my screen