Android 4.1 Jelly Bean now available to manufacturers
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now finally available in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository
In a statement posted to the Android developer building group, Google software engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code has finally been released to the public. The code is available in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository where it is now available for download and sync.
While this won’t mean much to most of the public, it is of major significance to manufacturers who can start work on creating Jelly Bean updates for handsets already on the market. This also means custom software like CyanogenMod 10 should be coming sooner, rather than later for some, which is pretty amazing news.
For those in the dark here, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean includes a good deal of new features, including speed enhancements and improved search capability. The update also included Google Now, Google's answer to Siri.
Android 4.1 is due to ship on the Nexus 7, the first Jelly Bean device. The 7-inch slate is expected to be released later this month and will cost $199.99 and $249.99.
Google also added proprietary binaries for the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus to AOSP. Binaries for the Nexus S and Motorola XOOM should be coming later this week.