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As the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 launch kicks off around the world, Google is in the process of releasing its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean source code to AOSP -- the Android Open-Source Project. This is the OS code upon which the new Nexus' software is built, and will be the basis for the Android 4.2 custom ROMs and OEM updates that are sure to start appearing in the weeks and months ahead.

More details, including news of factory images, after the break.

Android 4.2 is considered to be a maintenance release of Jelly Bean. It includes new features like quick settings in the notification dropdown, gesture typing, multiple user support and a new screensaver, dubbed "daydream." 

Posting on the Android Building mailing list, AOSP guru Jean-Baptiste "JBQ" Queru points out that the Nexus 10 is now the ideal platform for AOSP, as "the only proprietary binaries besides the GPU libraries are firmware files that get loaded into the various peripheral chips." Nexus 10, he says, is Google's most open flagship yet.

JBQ also notes that the Nexus 7 3G isn't yet supported by AOSP in this release, due to licensing issues. Similarly, the Nexus 4 isn't yet functional with this code. And apparently, there's no Android 4.2 support for the Nexus S or Motorola Xoom -- "those devices should continue using 4.1.2."

And in related news, Android 4.2 factory images for the "takju" variant Galaxy Nexus, as well as Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have also been released today, and can be found here. These images contain the stock Android 4.2 software for these devices, which can be flashed back to restore them to a clean install of 4.2.

Source: Android Building, Nexus factory images


Reader comments

Android 4.2 code hits AOSP; factory images released for Nexus devices


The OTA isn't up, but the binaries are. That's different than in the past, right? Didn't we just get 4.1.2 Binaries this month for Toro?

I'm not going to wait on Verizon to molest the code. There are so many Toro devs that are going to do some awesome work, which I'm grateful for. Toro will probably have it by the weekend!!!

Hi Android Community.

I recently purchased a Nokia Lumia 920. Microsoft looks like it has a lot to offer, and I was deperately looking for something new and refreshing. LGs Nexus was exactly opposite of that.

Thanks for all the updates, good comments, and friendly atmosphere.

Phil is a cool guy. And the app review guy is cool too!


Hopefully by the end of the night, there shall be a working port for Verizon GNex. Nonetheless, awesome stuff here

"And apparently, there's no Android 4.2 support for the Nexus S..."

Whoa - say what? Did my Crespo just get end-of-lifed?

Appears that way. My handy, trusty and awesome Nexus S will no longer be supported by official channels ='(

I was hoping to have HDR built in to the stock camera app instead of relying on a 3rd party app for HDR shots. Oh well, not a deal breaker. My last hope is that the AOKP crew can manage to build it into the ROMs :)

I thought that the Nexus 7's code name was Grouper. Is it now being called "Nakasi"? Or this a difference in the refresh models?

Dear Google,

Please enlighten me why my Google Nexus (GSM Version) is still running 4.04 when most of the other nexuses are already on 4.1, and even some are on 4.2... Please don't give me the "because its based on location..." crap, since this is supposed to be an OTA, how come, when apple came out with ios6 my friends in the middle east, Europe and asia got their updates in no time?
I'm very disappointed, especially, since my reason for buying the nexus is the on time update. Obviously, i was wrong!