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Google ready to spill the (Jelly) Beans on Android 4.1

Google’s I/O 2012 kicks off in just a matter of hours — 12:30 PM EST, to be exact — and thanks to a post on the Google Developers Google+ page, the company has all-but-confirmed the debut of the next iteration of Android, codenamed Jelly Bean.

This continues a long-running tradition of Google mixing numerical and dessert-themed names with its OS releases, as we’ve had Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), and, announced at last year’s I/O, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0). That same event also brought us Google Music, the company’s rival to iCloud, SkyDrive and Amazon’s Cloud Drive/Player, and Android@Home, which sought to bring an Android standard to home automation.

Google also gave away 5,000 special versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and if rumors of the upcoming Google Nexus tablet are confirmed at today’s I/O, we may see another giveaway of the new device — rumored to be an Asus-produced, 7″ quad-core device, with a Kindle Fire-rivaling sub-$200 price tag.

Stay tuned to Technocrat for the full lowdown when Google reveals all this afternoon.

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