Google continues providing source codes for different versions of its Android platform to developers despite the fact that many respectable tech analysts have announced such a strategy will kill the OS. I personally think this fact can’t have an impact on the platform’s popularity because we have the opposite example, iOS, which is absolutely closed for developers but it doesn’t yield to others as well. So if you have chosen Android as your favorite, I have gladsome news for you — source code for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is available for devs.
Source codes allow developers to compile their own version of the OS. So you should understand it is intended only for developers, and if you are a simple user, this software is not for you.
At the moment, the code that is available now includes proprietary binaries allowing Jelly Bean to be built for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, while the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom binaries are promised to be launched in the near future.
Here is what Android Open Source Project guru Jean-Baptiste Queru sends out:
We’re releasing Android 4.1 in AOSP today.
The name of the tagged release is android-4.1.1_r1.
The name of the development branch is jb-dev.
We recommend that you create new clients, even if you’re working in
the master branch. It’ll make your clients smaller and faster to sync.
Proprietary binaries are available for Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Nexus
S and Xoom will follow.
JBQ, on behalf of the entire Android team at Google.
Jean-Baptiste M. “JBQ” Queru
Technical Lead, Android Open Source Project, Google.
Questions sent directly to me that have no reason for being private
will likely get ignored or forwarded to a public forum with no further
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