Replicant 4.2 is Android Jelly Bean without the closed source bits

Google’s Android operating system may be open source — but the version of Android that runs on most phones, tablets, and other devices includes proprietary, closed-source components. While most Android users would probably rather have 3D graphics and GPS than a 100-percent open source operating system, there’s an alternative for folks willing to sacrifice functionality […]

AOKP JB Milestone 1 brings tweakable Jelly Bean to Android phones, tabet

AOKP is a custom version of Android designed as a replacement for the software that comes with dozens of phones and tablets. It’s based on the Android Open Source Project, but AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) includes a number of extra enhancements and customization options. The developers have released AOKP JB Milestone 1, which is a stable […]

AOKP, MIUI custom ROMs updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

CyanogenMod isn’t the only Android development team making the jump from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1. The developers behind the MIUI and AOKP custom ROMs for Android phones and tablets have also released initial builds of their software based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. CyanogenMod, MIUI, and AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) are three of […]

Multiple user profiles possible in Jelly Bean (with custom ROMs)

The code for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean contains some hidden surprises that aren’t normally accessible to users. One of which is multiple user support. This would allow a person to share one tablet (or smartphone) with other people in a household with each person having their own apps, background, widgets and accounts, just as with […]

How to install Adobe Flash on the Nexus 7 (or other Jelly Bean devices)

Adobe’s Flash Player isn’t officially supported in the newest Android version, 4.1 Jelly Bean. Though the default browser for the Nexus 7 and other Jelly Bean devices is now Chrome, which has built-in Flash support in the desktop versions, this does not apply to mobile devices. Adobe warned that attempts to install Flash on Jelly […]

Android 4.1 for the Motorola XOOM coming soon

The Motorola XOOM isn’t officially a Google Nexus device, but it’s the next best thing. It was the first tablet to launch with Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb last year, and it’s been one of the first devices to receive virtually every major Android update since then. Now Google is getting ready to roll out Android […]

Android 4.1 coming soon to MIPS-based devices

ARM-based processors may dominate the Android space right now. But Google’s mobile operating system can also run on phones, tablets, and other devices with x86 or MIPS-based processors. We’ve seen a number of low-cost MIPs-based products running Android 4.0 including the iPPea $50 PC-on-a-stick and $100 Ainol Novo 7 tablet. Now Computer World reports that […]

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ported to Transformer Pad, NOOK Tablet, HD2

It’s been less than a week since Google released the source code for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean — and independent developers have been hard at work, bringing Google’s latest software to existing devices including the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and Amazon Kindle Fire. Now there are early builds of Jelly Bean for a few more […]