Google has begun rolling out the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, to owners of the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+, with the standard Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom,Unlocked Galaxy Nexus to receive the Android 4.1 update shortly. Google has wasted no time releasing the Jelly Bean source code. With luck, the Android hacking community should be able to build Jelly Bean firmware images that run on other devices soon, provided you’re willing to root your phone .
Owners of the HSPA+ handset will receive a prompt over the next few days to update to Android Jelly Bean. also there is news of when other handsets might receive the latest OS is a little thin on the ground, but it is rumoured that Samsung will update its flagship Galaxy S III handset to Jelly Bean in Q4 2012
Company posted on the Google+ Nexus page:
“If you’ve got a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ device, you will receive a prompt alerting you to the update over the next several day,” the
“Up next for Jelly Bean: all Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and of course, Nexus 7, which will ship with Jelly Bean later this month.”
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ported for Kindle Fire (d) :
The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system has already been ported to another device, the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. (Video)
Jelly Bean is set to make its official appearance on the Nexus 7 tablet at the end of this month, but those of you in possession of a Kindle Fire may be tempted with this impressive looking port of Android 4.1. The Kindle Fire ships with a customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but if you have already tampered with custom software on your Kindle Fire, you’ll know that there are even more possibilities waiting for you aside from what Amazon give you out of the box.
Aside from giving the Kindle Fire access to the spanking new interface that Jelly Bean brings, it more importantly gives users access to the Google Play store, as the Kindle Fire by default only allows users to connect to the Amazon App Store for their software needs.
The build is far from perfect, but for a first go it is very impressive indeed. We’re hearing that the likes of hardware video acceleration is not supported at the moment meaning that HD videos are a no go, but the good news is that this should be fixed up in a later build along with other missing features.
Android improvements to Jelly Bean include speedier device boot times, updated notification settings for display (and hiding) messages from apps and your mobile OS, widgets that are easier to deploy onto lock screens and much more customizable, and the inherent smoothness of Google’s “Project Butter” transformation for Android.
And, as always, be sure to back up your existing ROM before you flash Android 4.1 onto your device – it’s the easiest way to go back to familiar territory if you don’t like the taste of Google’s Jelly Bean.