The much-awaited unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is expected to happen this week at Google’s I/O developer conference. To herald the arrival of the OS update, Google has already put up a Jelly Bean statue in its sculpture garden full of desserts celebrated by the various Android versions. Android currently has ten versions apart from Jelly Bean, including Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, two versions of Gingerbread, two versions of Honeycomb, and two versions of Ice Cream Sandwich. Among these, Android 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 has the largest distribution with 6.7 percent as of June 1, 2012.
The features of Android Jelly Bean are still top secret as of now, prior to Google’s announcement. However, it is very likely that the first tablet to have the version will be the Asus or Google Nexus 7. Furthermore, the first smartphone that will sport it will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Meanwhile, the famous custom version of Android called CyanogenMod is set to make public its most recent stable software based on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It is called CyanogenMod 9 Release Candidate 1, and it is currently carries support for 37 devices such as ZTE V9, HTC Incredible 2, SE Xperia Play CDMA-R800x, LG Optimus One, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Galaxy S2, Google Nexus S 4G, Samsung Galaxy Note, ASUS EeePad Transformer, ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime, Motorola Xoom (Wifi), and the SE Xperia Play CDMA-R800x, among others. Soon, it will likewise be available on more devices.
Based on the Android Open Source Project, CyanogenMod gives users substitutes to the stock Android ROM that comes with their devices out of the box. Among its offerings are themes, lockscreen widgets, as well as several performance improvements and extra features. The testing for the latest release has been going on for months, but the long period has allowed the developers to finally conclude that it is now stable for use on various smartphones and tablets. Prior to this, CyanogenMod 7, which was an alternative to Android 2.3 had been somewhat popular.