And so begins the long road to getting Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) on, well, some Android devices. I almost typed “most”, but… y’know.
Anyway! The point in this here story is that the source code is now officially available for Jelly Bean. Huzzah!
Writing on the Android Building Google Group, Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead for the Android Open Source Project, confirmed: "We're releasing Android 4.1 in AOSP today." AOSP being this: Android Open Source Project.
Binaries are currently available for the Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and will soon be joined by the Samsung Google Nexus S and Motorola Xoom.
We don’t anticipate a farce on quite the same scale as Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). It took – what? – eight months to reach 10% distribution, but – to be fair – was a fairly major update tasked with uniting Gingerbread (Android 2.3) smartphones and Honeycomb (Android 3.0) tablets.
Jelly Bean, meanwhile, is decidedly less ambitious, but still boasts a handful of new features.