Android 4.2 shows up in our server logs


October is looking like a very hot month for Google and its Nexus devices. The company is rumored to unveil Android 4.2 – which is believed to be just an incremental Jelly Bean update rather than a full blown Key Lime Pie upgrade – that will be found aboard a variety of new Nexus devices.

Earlier today we learned that not all the Android 4.2 details presented in various rumors are real, but that doesn’t mean that Android 4.2 does not exist. In fact, we showed you yesterday that Android 4.2 has appeared in various server logs and now we’re able to confirm such data. We have thoroughly checked our own server logs and Google Analytics data and found several traces of devices running Android 4.2 and checking out Android Authority during tests.

The Google Analytics screenshot below shows us that Android 4.2 was being tested as early as mid-August, with a spike easily spotted in early October when we reported on the findings of Android and Me, which were proven fake. We registered 48 hits from Android 4.2 devices during that timeframe, with 90% of them being new visits. Probably Googlers were interested in finding out whether Android 4.2 details have been actually leaked or whether it was all just baseless speculation. And what better device to check out that story than the one you’re testing Android 4.2 on?But we dug deeper to see what actual devices were used to browse through our pages, and whether they were similar to the earlier findings of Android Police that we have shared with you yesterday. Below you’ll find a list of devices that were registered in our logs as running Android 4.2 – and be prepared for a few surprises!s Google testing Android 4.2 on various other devices just to see how the new software runs on older handsets? Are these tests part of the Nexus program expansion? Or are OEMs already testing Android 4.2 on a variety of devices – we would assume that OEMs would have earlier access to the Android 4.2 PDK, just as Google promised back at this year’s Google I/O event.

Both the Xperia Arc S and the Galaxy Y were released in the second half of 2011, and while the former runs Ice Cream Sandwich and could be upgradeable to Jelly Bean in the future, the latter is officially on Gingerbread.

So why are we seeing them running Android 4.2 in our server logs? And since we’re asking questions, what is that Android 4.2.4 software that’s spotted running on the GT-S5360?

In our logs it’s the Xperia Arc S that showed up the most. In fact it was more frequent than the Nexus 7 or the Galaxy Nexus. Does this mean that Sony and Google are working closely on a future Xperia Nexus, a device that was rumored more than once in the recent months?

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