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July 18, 2013

Google to announce Android 4.3 on 24 July

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has begun sending out invitations for an Android event on 24 July where the firm is expected to unveil the next iteration of its mobile operating system.

Google's cryptic invitation doesn't give much away, simply summoning press to join it for breakfast with new Android chief Sundar Pichai. The event will take place in San Francisco, and the invitation hints that it will be live streamed online.

While Google was unable to give us any clues, it's widely expected that the firm will unveil the next release of Android, tipped to be Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, not version 5.0 as previously rumoured. This would make sense too, with Apple gearing up to release iOS 7 and speculation rife that Motorola will launch its Moto X smartphone running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the coming weeks.

We don't know much about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and it's thought that the update won't be a game changer. Instead, it's expected to bring a handful of font changes, a revamped Camera app, improved Notifications and a number of bug fixes. There's also a chance that it will deliver the Open Mic feature that appeared in a leaked Moto X video this week, which will enable compliant smartphones with an always listening mode.

There's chatter than Google might be planning to unveil some new Nexus kit at the event too, specifically the Google Nexus 5 smartphone and Google Nexus 7 2. While little is known about the next generation Nexus smartphone, there have been plenty of rumours about the Nexus 7 sequel, which apparently will feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a high-resolution touchscreen and the same price as its budget predecessor.