Google has revealed which devices will get the source code for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: news that LG Nexus 4, Asus Nexus 7 3G, Samsung Nexus S, Motorola Xoom owners may not be so happy to hear.
Jean-Baptiste ‘JBQ’ Queru, technical lead of Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP), revealed on Google Groups that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean source code is currently being pushed to AOSP.
He said, “The source code for 4.2 is being pushed to AOSP right now. Look for it under the name ‘android-4.2_r1’ once the replication completes”.
Nexus 10 owners will revel in knowing that it is the most suitable device for AOSP on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
“No flagship device so far has been so open, and no flagship device so far has had that level of AOSP support at launch,” said JBQ.
The bad news starts here. Google was unable to license the GSM stack for AOSP on the Nexus 7 3G. Do not flash an AOSP-based ROM for Nexus 7 3G because it will not have 3G cellular connectivity, which means it automatically becomes a plain Nexus 7 tablet.
JBQ added that AOSP on 4.2 does not contain anything related to the LG Nexus 4, but he confirmed support for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (maguro, toro and toroplus versions) and pointed developers to its proprietary binaries.
Then he said, “There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should continue using 4.1.2.”
For clarification, Google Groups user Artem Russakovskii asked, “…am I reading this correctly that AOSP support is stopping for the XOOM and Nexus S, or they’re not *currently* supported with this release but will be supported in the future?”
JBQ did not comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom. This means both devices, especially the Nexus S, will miss out the new features of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean despite Google’s promise that Nexus devices will be first in line on updates.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes with Google’s new Photo Sphere panorama mode, new Miracast screencast mode and the enhanced Android keyboard.
Google has yet to confirm if it will stop support for Nexus S and Motorola Xoom on all future updates so its users still have a silver lining to hold on. The next major Android update will be codenamed Key Lime Pie so keep an eye on it.
On the brighter side, AOSP work on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be available for the Nexus 10, Nexus 7, and latest generation Galaxy Nexus devices so owners revel in that.
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