For users who want to check out new things on the web every day, this will be a wonderful opportunity as Google will allow you to look at the latest Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean’s source code.
Google Groups had an announcement by Google developer Jean-Baptiste Queru regarding the news that they are now releasing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code to Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
The name of the release is Android-4.1.1_r1 and the name of the development branch is jb-dev. The binaries are currently being released for the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus but will be released for the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom shortly.
It’s been only days since Google has announced its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at this year’s Google I/O conference. Commenting on the latest operating system, Google had stated that Jelly Bean is an advanced modification of its ICS OS.
Jellybean is touted as making everything smoother, faster and more dynamic. The source code release is absolutely good news for Cyanogen Mod fans as it will definitely speed up the process of CM10 now that the source code is available.
There’s still no word on when users can expect proper factory images for any of the devices, but they should come after the OTA updates begin rolling out.
The code release will allow device makers to bring in the latest version of Android to their phones and tablets and will also make it a lot easier for independent developers to design custom firmware based on Android 4.1 for existing phones and tablets.
The name of open source code has fulfilled its meaning once again. The main highlighted features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are Project Butter, Text Input, Camera, Notifications and Android Beam.
It’s now time to see some custom ROMs and hopefully by next month many will be available.