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Here's some tantalizing news for owners of the older Google-endorsed handset, the Galaxy Nexus: Android 4.3 might be on the way.
It seems that a Nexus device with the model GT-I9250 has just passed through Bluetooth certification again. While this in itself is nothing special, two things are: one, GT-I9250 is the model number for the Galaxy Nexus, and two, whenever an old device is spotted getting Bluetooth certified, it's usually because a new update is on the way. New software updates usually require the device in question to get recertified.
Of course, this is nothing more than a simple sighting, and neither Samsung nor Google have commented on the matter. Still, it's refreshing news for Galaxy Nexus owners, who are part of a group of Google-endorsed group that receives Android updates before the rest. Many believed Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to be the last leg in the Galaxy Nexus's journey, but having Android 4.3 would significantly increase the shelf life of the product.
As usual, when (and if) the update does roll out, those with a Galaxy Nexus should receive their download straight from Google over the air. Other variants, like the one on Verizon's network, will most likely have to wait longer.
Google hasn't confirmed or denied any new Android versions, although the company is reportedly gearing up for an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean release rather than an Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release next. Android 4.3 has already been seen running on a Nexus 4 in Thailand, and the operating system has appeared in a number of server logs. Concrete details about what exactly the update will bring, however, are practically nonexistent.