The web’s been all a titter with gossip that Google’s about to launch a brand new version of Android and a brand new Nexus, based on LG’s Optimus G. But has Google just debunked all that? And, if so, what does it really have in store for the AllThingsD conference later this month?
In case you missed it, the latest from the rumour spin-cycle was that we were just a couple of weeks away from seeing a Nexus-branded LG handset running Android 4.2 – a slight update to Jelly Bean with a slurry of new features. Only now we’re not.
It was Google’s Dan Morill who debunked the gossip, simply putting “Reading rumor sites…. LOL,” on his Google+ page.
Sure enough, AndroidandMe, who wrote up the original source musings, has issued the following retraction:
“It was brought to our attention that the details contained in the post ‘Rumor: Android 4.2 to feature Project Roadrunner, new Play store, Customization Center, enhanced Google Now’ were fake. A rumor is a rumor, but we try to post only the ones that we can verify with multiple sources and we believe to be true. I apologize for failing to confirm this rumor with multiple sources and spreading false information.”
So that’s that. Only, if that is that, what are we expecting at AllThingsD? If we’re going to have to wait a while to see a new version of Android, then maybe the Nexus part of the story is still true? With the iPhone 5 going great guns in the lead up to Christmas, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Google to refresh its flagship handset?
As to whether that honour really will fall to LG? We’ll just have to wait and see.