There’s been plenty of talk centered around iOS and Windows Phone 8 of late, but today seems to be the turn of Google and their fabulous Android OS as the Android Open Source Project is seeing the release of 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The 4.1.2 incremental update is only a minor improvement over the previous 4.1.1 release, but will definitely bring some notable improvements to Nexus 7 owners.
Some owners of the Nexus 7 tablet have already started seeing the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update hitting their devices with an over-the-air update being available. The official changelog that accompanies the 4.1.2 build on the Nexus 7 isn’t exactly informative, but does state that it brings performance stability and fixes bugs as well as offering landscape orientation abilities to the home screen launcher of the device.
The rolling out of the update has been confirmed by a number of corners in the Android community with the expected download size coming in at approximately 32MB and contains nothing more than the minor changes mentioned above. The last few days and weeks have been bringing a number of rumors that have been centered around a possible LG Nexus device that was spotted running Android 4.1.2, but it looks like Android fans will need to wait until the release of Android 4.2 before anything like that comes to fruition.
The exact same build number that is associated with this 4.1.2 update has already been spotted in server logs in the last few days and as well as the Google Nexus 7 tablet, but has also been seen running on the Motorola Xoom, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S devices. Before getting too excited, there isn’t any official announcement that Jelly Bean 4.1.2 will be coming to those devices, but it is a good indication that those gadgets will be getting the same treatment in the coming days or weeks.
Google’s chief release engineer, Jean-Baptiste Queru, has also offered a few words of advice to moderators who maintain community builds of Android for the Nexus 7, advising them to update those builds to 4.1.2 as soon as possible. He has also been active on the official Google Group page and stated that there is currently no official estimated time of arrival for any future builds of the Android OS. If you have a Nexus 7 tablet then make sure to keep checking for the 4.1.2 update.