Android Jelly Bean Teased on Google's Front Lawn; More Details Wednesday

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SAN FRANCISCO - The next version of Android is coming, and like the others, it's going to be very sweet. Google has rolled out a jelly bean statue on its front lawn at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, marking the arrival of the newest version of its Android operating system.

The jelly bean statue joins other dessert-themed statues on Google's lawn, including an ice cream sandwich, donut, cupcake, and eclair. All represent the different versions of Android.

Google will share details on Jelly Bean Wednesday at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco. There Google will preview and demonstrate the software for developers and press; no real details have been shared on what the operating system will include.

The current version of Android, called Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0, was released last November and brought sweeping changes to the mobile phone and tablet operating system. Google released that software with a phone called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus; it worked closely with Samsung to create a phone for the new software.

And this time Google is expected to release a new Nexus device, except this time it is a tablet. Rumored to be called the Nexus 7, Google-watchers say they think the tablet will have a 7-inch screen, a quad-core processor, and a $199 price. It is also said that it would be made by Asus. A leaked image of the tablet appeared on Gizmodo Australia earlier this week.

All the rumors should come to an end tomorrow though. ABC News will be liveblogging the Google I/O keynote tomorrow morning starting at 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET. You will be able to follow along in the Cover It Live module below.