Jelly Bean

Android Open Source Project guru Jean-Baptiste Queru sends word that the new version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, is being released to AOSP today. This process is the first step in the official release of Jelly Bean, allowing anyone and everyone to download the Android 4.1 source code and compile their own version of the OS. It's also an important milestone towards getting Jelly Bean out there on existing devices. The exact version number that's being released is Android 4.1.1_r1, so it's likely that this will be the final shipping version of Jelly Bean, just as Android 4.0.1 was for ICS. (We're seeing no OTAs on our Google I/O Jelly Bean devices just yet, though.)

The code being published right now includes proprietary binaries that allows Jelly Bean to be built for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, and Nexus S and Motorola Xoom binaries are promised in the near future. As always, note that this source code is for developers only -- you can't download this and magically get Jelly Bean on your device -- it's a bit more complicated than that. Nevertheless, today's release will be exciting for Android devs and custom ROM enthusiasts, as it starts the process of getting popular custom ROMs merged with the Jelly Bean code, and eventually pushed out to eager ROM flashers.

Source: JBQ on Google Groups


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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean released to Android Open Source Project


Awesome. Now that ICS is officially last generation, maybe VZW and HTC can get ICS on the ReZound. There is apparently an unwritten rule that VZW cannot have the current OS on any products.

What are you talking about? I bought a Galaxy Nexus instead of a Rezound from VZW for precisely the reason that I would have ICS right out of the box. They were the same price. It sucks that's it's not available on more phones, but you still had a choice.

Why's that? If you chose to wait for an official OTA, then that's their choice, and they'll be getting it soon.

You act like its disgraceful for someone to not flash a custom ROM on their device.

Exactly! How do you not have it? Bought my Nexus just for this kinda stuff. I don't think I can ever go back to an HTC phone with Sense and no updates.

Agreed there is no reason to own this phone and not have Jellybean on it already. Go get an Iphone because a monkey could root and install a JB ROM on this with his eyes closed.

There is a reason. I tried Jellybean but went back to my favorite ROM (AOKP). Their next release will be a JB release. I can wait a couple of weeks. JB is awesome, but the still ICS AOKP ROM has features that I love. Soon I'll have JB plus my favorite AOKP features. It's a matter of preference, but it's not because I don't know how to root and install a JB ROM.

So any rom makers confirm they are working on JB now?

Will say CM team still be working on ICS and get that to a stable release stage? or will they just start on JB and leave ICS as is.

Cm said they will finish ics first before carrying on with jb but unofficial versions of cm10 will pop up very soon

Jelly Bean for HP TouchPad?! :O Hopefully camera functionality first though haha so take your time dev's.... (but not too long ;])

Awsome! I wonder how long it will take verizon to push this update out! I hope not the 4 or so months it took for ISC 4.0.4. If they drag there feet agian, then I think I'm getting a GSM Nexus after my contract and go with AT&T. I hope your listening Verizon! You better start stepping up your game and listening and taking care of your customers. Because without us on your network there is no Verizon!!

To be fair, that 4.0.4 update included a new radio, which was probably responsible for the delay (I tried an earlier, leaked build and voice calls were all but submerged under a sea of clicks).

To be unfair, Verizon and North American carriers in general are utter dicks about releasing updates in a timely fashion, so all the GNex update delay shows is that it's not ALWAYS because they're busy larding their phones up with locked bootloaders, game demos, and ludicrous subscription apps. Just most of the time.

I am filled with happiness right now! Now if CyanogenMod can start developing Android 4.1 rom for the HTC One S. Can't wait for these custom roms!

This seems CrazY but i was in the influence that Asus would be getting JB very fast for the Quads tabs. No mention anywhere...

Should i buy Galaxy Nexus now with 4.0, or wait until Jelly Bean gets pre-installed onto the device?

That's totally up to you depending on what you want to do. If you don't mind waiting a little for the update which shouldn't take too long then I would buy one now. Or you could get one now and root the GN like I have to get the latest updates as soon as the devs release them.