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Google readying Android 4.2 for November debut on LG Optimus G Nexus

The forthcoming smartphone collaboration between Google and LG, dubbed the Optimus G Nexus, is being lined up to debut as early as November, according to recent reports.

Popular mobile blog Android and Me has pinpointed next month for the launch of the new device and, more interestingly, also claimed that the new Nexus handset will be used by Google (opens in new tab)as a platform to launch a new version of Android, likely numbered 4.2.

Android and Me has obtained its information from a "regular source who has provided accurate information in the past."

The Optimus G Nexus will be a tweaked version of the Optimus G (pictured, top) smartphone, unveiled by LG last month. That device arrived pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but speculation is now rife that one of the primary changes to the new, Nexus-branded handset will be its showcasing of a new Google mobile OS.

Indeed, further reports indicate that the new device won't just feature an incremental Android upgrade, but will also be compatible with Google's next big mobile OS leap: Android 5.0, thought to have been dubbed Key Lime Pie, which is being tipped for an autumn-2013 launch.

(opens in new tab)There's no word of what clever confectionery-related code name version 4.2 might get – personally, we'd like to see a bit of a nod to Android's UK fanbase via a playful moniker like Rice Pudding, Treacle Tart or even Deep Fried Mars Bar. Realistically, though, given Google's US heritage, it's likely to be closer to Marshmallow, Gummy Bear, or even – given its arrival at the beginning of the festive season - Candy Cane.

(UPDATE: as one our readers helpfully reminded us, Android's pudding-like code names are - to date, at least - in alphabetical order. With version 5.0 set to keep with that tradition - the dessert buffet's next stop is thought to be a slice of Key Lime Pie - it seems likely that Android 4.2 will in fact stick with the Jelly Bean moniker, and possibly even be dubbed Android 4.1.2 to avoid undue confusion. Thanks to Alex for wiping the sleep dust out of our eyes.)

In terms of spec, the Optimus G Nexus is likely to closely resemble the LG Optimus G. That device is a true powerhouse smartphone, featuring a 4.7in display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels at 317 PPI. It alos sports an impressive quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor in the engine room, and boasts one of the most impressive smartphone cameras on the market, coming equipped with a 13-megapixel primary snapper.

Despite rumours of the impending Android update, roll out of the more recent iterations of Google's mobile OS continues to progress slowly. Recent statistics show that while deployment of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean is increasing, the most popular version is still 2.3 Gingerbread, which appears on almost 56 per cent of all Android devices. ICS now features on some 23 per cent of Android toys, while Jelly Bean lags well behind with a meagre deployment of just 1.2 per cent.

James is a freelance editor, journalist, and writer with 10+ years experience in digital media, SEO and news writing. He has produced content on a number of Future sites, including TechRadar, ITProPortal, Tom's Guide, and T3, and was Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.