Word has come down via Android Open Source Project guru Jean-Baptiste Queru that the newest version of Android, Jelly Bean is being released today. This is the first official step in the official release of the newest Android software version, allowing anyone who wants to take a peak at the code, to do so. More importantly, it’s the first official step toward placing their own version of the OS on working equipment.
The most important part of this story though is the likelihood that we’ll see a lot of Android ROMs coming our way, hopefully for as many devices as we can imagine. Now the real fun begins for the Android modding community.
The release is being label as Android-4.1.1_r1 in AOSP, with the binaries for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, with the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom binaries expected to arrive in the very near future.
For their part in the Android community, the CyanogenMod team is already downloading to familiarize themselves with the source code so they can begin work on ROMs. Let the custom ROMs cometh.