Google has officially released the source code for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, making it much easier for developers to put out quality ROMs based on the latest and greatest version of Android. The source code, which is available through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), has been tagged “android-4.1.1_r1″ and is part of the “jb-dev” development branch.
This announcement was made on Monday afternoon in Google’s Android Building group by Jean-Baptiste Queru, the Technical Lead on the Android Open Source Project. As part of this release, Google has made available the proprietary binaries for the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus. Those awaiting binaries for the Nexus S or the Xoom, however, will have to wait just a bit longer.
Naturally, the thread quickly filled up with questions about the timing for over the air (OTA) updates. Queru was obviously unable to comment on this, but he did note that “factory images will follow soon after the matching OTAs to consumer devices.”