Did a Google Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 just get Bluetooth certification?

There’s more evidence that Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean could be coming soon… as well as an updated version of the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

While Google hasn’t yet announced either product yet, a Nexus 4 smartphone running Android 4.3 showed up in Thailand last week, and a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet made a brief appearance in a Google promotional video for Google Hangouts a few weeks ago.

Now Japanese site Ameblo spotted an updated Nexus 7 tablet at the Bluetooth SIG website, suggesting that a new version could be on the way.

Google Nexus 7 Bluetooth SIG

According to the Bluetooth website, the tablet is an Asus ME370T 7 inch tablet. That’s the same model number as the Nexus 7 tablet which launched in 2012.

But the new model is running software version JWR11, a build of Android which Google hasn’t yet released — and that’s probably Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Just about the only thing we know (almost) for certain is that the next version of Android will include a redesigned camera app which brings the menu buttons a little closer to the shutter button. Somehow I suspect there will be a few other changes though.

It’s likely that a next-generation Nexus 7 tablet will have a higher resolution display, a new processor, or some other hardware changes — the Hangouts promo video showed a model with a notification light. But since the tablet that just scored Bluetooth certification has the same model number as the 2012 version it’s likely it’s the same tablet — but running new software.

via Notebook Italia

  • MrWareWolf

    mmm Yawn..

  • kliu0x52

    Sigh. More parroting of that stupid hangout video. That so-called “notification light” (which is actually the front camera) was almost certainly a special effected added in post. There are a ton of inconsistencies and mistakes in that video. It’s not Google teasing us; it’s an incompetant ad agency getting too trigger-happy with special effects.

    • Alvie03

      Thanks for this comment… I can’t stand it when people go all crazy over fallacious hype.

  • RobBrownNZ

    Confusing. Bluetooth version 3? I was hoping that Android 4.3 would enable Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) on my Nexus 7. This would indicate that it’s not going to.

  • Michael Thompson

    I hope they price it right, because my Sero 7 Pro is kicking butt!

    • camy

      Bastard above works for Hisense

      • Michael Thompson

        Not at all! Just a fan of a great device.
        (and my parents were married)

      • techno_techie

        I’m having a hard time resisting the burning urge to pick up the Sero 7 Pro. The reviews are great for it and the price is beyond right.

  • Yayer

    This is the 10″ Asus Memo Pad Number (ME370T)!