For users of the Acer Iconia A500 tablet who simply cannot wait until Google releases the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code, a developer has already released an unofficial build. This build still has many issues, but might be enough to satisfy the curiosity of some about the newest version of Android OS on the block.
This is believed to be the first-ever Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK port, at least according to the developer randomblame of the xda-developers forum, who has uploaded it. Among the issues identified on the port are the lack of audio and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The SD card reportedly is also not functioning, and the USB is unable to mount flash drives. Randomblame, however, has been hard at work on the SDK port and trying to address some of the bugs to provide a better Jelly Bean experience. Furthermore, there is a walkthrough accompanying the port for those who are interested.
Google, for its part, is expected to bring out the source code in just a few weeks, the schedule being mid-July. However, the over the air update will initially be brought to a very small set of devices including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and the Motorola Xoom.
A minor upgrade from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean offers a speedy and highly responsive system with minimal lagging thanks to technologies like triple buffering, touch anticipation, and better frame rates of 60fps. It moreover has new accessibility APIs, notifications that can be expanded, high-resolution images of contacts, added uses for the NFC-based Android Beam, and an enhanced way of getting updates for apps.
Google Voice Search and Google Now also offer comprehensive assistance. The camera likewise allows for smoother image capture. During image review, users may pinch on an image to see the set of all captured photos while a simple swipe erases an unwanted image. An undo button is also provided. Finally, the OS has a new user interface that is similar to that found on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and generally believed to save battery life more efficiently.