Google fattens up Android devs with Jelly Bean sauce
Google will release the latest official build of its Android mobile operating system, version 4.1, to developers today. The web giant will parcel up the source code, codenamed Jelly Bean, ahead of the rollout later this month.
Jean-Baptiste Queru, the tech lead on the Android Open Source Project, announced the release on its Google Groups page.
"We're releasing Android 4.1 in AOSP [Android Open Source Project] today," he wrote, adding:
The name of the tagged release is android-4.1.1_r1.
The name of the development branch is jb-dev.
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Proprietary binaries are available for Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Nexus S and Xoom will follow.
The new build is described as faster and smoother than 4.0 with a new search feature. Described as having "buttery graphics and silky transitions", 4.1 achieves these effects by synchronising all graphics plotting on the mobile device using a precision timer:
To ensure a consistent framerate, Android 4.1 extends vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework. Everything runs in lockstep against a 16 millisecond vsync heartbeat — application rendering, touch events, screen composition, and display refresh — so frames don’t get ahead or behind.
It also includes features such as boosting the CPU performance when you touch the screen, new voice search and "actionable" notifications that can include pictures and other media. ®
I'm sure if Samsung wanted to push out plain vanilla Android to their phones they could do so very quickly, Galaxy Nexus for example. Since they insist on having their own customised interface on their phones then it's going to take longer and that's their own choice.
"Proprietary binaries are available for Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Nexus S and Xoom will follow."
Nexus 7 = Asus
Galaxy Nexus = Samsung
Where is the preferential treatment for Motorola there?
well blow me over with a feather....
"Preferential treatment for Google's own hardware and Motorola Mobility hardware."
please correct me if I am wrong, but as its googles money that was stumped up to produce android os, then surely its a given that they will distribute upgrades for their own hardware first? Its up to the other manufacturers to alter the code to suit their hardware?