Jellybeans for (almost) everyone -- Google releases Android 4.1 source code

The full source code of Jellybean has been released to the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP)

The full source code of Jellybean, Google's latest and greatest Android version, was released to the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP) late Monday night.

MORE ANDROID: The 15 Best Android Accessories

Developers in the Google Groups discussion were impressed with the inclusion of Jellybean code for Verizon CDMA/LTE versions of the Galaxy Nexus, which had been a sticking point for open-source development in previous iterations. However, AOSP technical lead Jean-Baptiste Queru did note that "there's no AOSP support for new devices other than Nexus 7. Anything beyond that is up to individual OEMs."

According to the Google Groups announcement, proprietary device drivers are already available for download for the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet. These binaries are designed to be integrated with the existing open-source code to provide full functionality for the devices.

Queru also said that similar binaries would be forthcoming for the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom tablet, timed "to approximately match the timing of the consumer release."

What this means is that Google isn't going to roll out fully functional Jellybean binaries for devices that haven't gotten an official OTA update from their carriers. Users of such devices will have to gain root access and install a custom, third-party ROM -- with its own drivers -- to use Jellybean right away.

Fortunately, work on those custom ROMs is already well underway. Unofficial Jellybean builds ripped from devices distributed at the recent Google I/O event are already available for some devices, though they sport varying degrees of functionality. Versions created directly from the source code are likely to be far more functional.

The open-source code released also works around the recent court decision that upheld Apple's patent of universal search functionality, so updates and development aren't likely to be delayed by potential legal issues.

Email Jon Gold at jgold@nww.com and follow him on Twitter at @NWWJonGold.

Read more about software in Network World's Software section.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jon Gold

Network World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?