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Android Jelly Bean confirmed by statues at Google HQ

Nothing announces the upgrade of an operating system quite like a transparent robot full of oversized jelly beans plonked on a lawn.

Going by the image above, a photograph taken outside Googleplex in California, the tech giant has finally spilled the beans regarding the latest version of Android. Jelly Bean has been speculated for some time and we can now expect the update to be confirmed at Google's hotly-anticipated I/O developer conference which starts tonight.

The new statue stands alongside previous sweet incarnations of the OS – the Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and recent Ice Cream Sandwich – though the Jelly Bean statue is still under construction according to an attached notice, so refrain from a reckless dive into its enticing pool of beans if you're anywhere nearby in California today.

ITProPortal has been tracking Jelly Bean's emergence every step of the way; with its status as version 4.1, not the expected drastic 5.0 overhaul, arguably providing the biggest headline thus far.

Carrying our coverage right through will be our live blog reporting on the Google I/O from 17.30 this evening, so look no further for more Jelly Bean news and much more from San Francisco.