Android Guy Weekly: The Jelly Bean Source Code Was Released, Get Ready for the Huge Wave of Ports

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is coming soon to a phone near you! Depending on how old you phone is, who makes it, and what carrier you’re with it may not be coming to your phone — but one near you, that’s for sure!. Hopefully it will come to your phone, and hopefully it will be sooner than later. In the meantime, now that the source-code to Jelly Bean has hit the AOSP be ready for a whole slew of ROMs to start hitting the net!

But before you get too excited, there are a few options you might want to know about.

1. Do you want to Root your phone and run a custom ROM?

If you’re using an “older” phone, or one that doesn’t seem to be getting updated very frequently, you’d probably be justified in feeling like your phone may not get an update to JB, or that an update might take more time than you’re willing to wait.

If you’ve already unlocked and rooted your phone, you’re all set — all you have to do is wait patiently for a ROM to come your way. Might I recommend CyanogenMod ROM? Work on CM10 (yes, they’re jumping from CM9RC1 all the way up to CM10 Nightlies) has probably already gotten under way, and it should be released significantly faster than CM9 was. When can you expect to see it? “When it’s ready.”

If you haven’t unlocked and rooted your phone you can do that now to get ready, but be advised that some unlocking procedures will wipe all the data from your phone (for security more than anything).

2. Newer Phone? You may want to consider waiting

If your phone is relatively new and is already running Ice Cream Sandwich, since the changes to JB aren’t as monumental as those from Gingerbread to ICS, you might want to wait a few months before jumping in. Chances are your device will get an update sooner than later. Or not.

3. Get bits and pieces of Jelly Bean on non-JB phones

Some of the cooler parts of JB are apps, not underlying architecture. The nice thing about this is you might be able to run these apps on non-JB phones! Yup! There are already ways to get JB-features on ICS devices, and we’ve heard rumor of some Gingerbread phones being able to get some Jelly Bean flavoring, too. Of course as these get more stable and easier to install we’ll tell you all about them right here on Pocketnow (make sure you set your bookmarks and come back often so you don’t miss anything).

Once thing you won’t get on non-Jelly Bean phones is Project Butter — the one thing that makes JB so much faster and smoother than previous versions of Android. If that’s what you want, you’ll need to stick it out and wait for a ROM.

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.