by Chris Smith, 10 months ago
Kindle Fire owners should know by now that Amazon has customized the Android version running on its tablet in such a way that updating the device to the latest Google-approved Android OS version out there…
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has everyone excited and we can't wait to get it for our devices! Unfortunately, OEMs and network carriers don't have the best track record with OS update rollouts, as a lot of users are still waiting for an official upgrade to ICS. Although the list of devices that will eventually receive JB is slowly growing, the question of “when” is still unanswered. This is where we look to custom ROMs for our Jelly Bean fix.
With the release of the Android 4.1.1 source code, third-party developers have been hard at work to get functional Jelly Bean custom ROMs up and running. Even though the Motorola Xoom is promised to be one of the first devices, and the first tablet, to receive an official update to Android 4.1, for many, “soon” isn't soon enough. As such, the Motorola Xoom tablet is one such device for which an unofficial JB ROM is now available.
Recognized Developer team teameos has released AOSP-based Jelly Bean nightlies for both the 4G (codenamed Stingray) and the WiFi-only (codenamed Wingray) versions of the Xoom. Unfortunately, since this a nightly build, we don't have an exact list of features that are working. You can check out an up-to-date and comprehensive list of changes here.
Remember that these are nightlies, so the stability of the ROM could vary on a day to day basis. Further, Team EOS mentions that a particular release may be less stable than a previous version. Also, Team EOS are in no way responsible for any loss of data or device functionality and you will be installing this ROM at your own risk. Of course, some amount of technical know-how is always recommended as there is always a chance that something might go wrong.
If you do decide to try out this ROM, you can find the download and installation instructions for the WiFi-only version here and the 4G version here. You can also help out the developers by reporting any unexpected bugs or errors here.
What are your thoughts? Will you be trying out this JB ROM? If you have already done so, let us know your experience in the comments section below.