Just yesterday, Google released a very slight new update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which rolled out immediately to the Nexus 7 and the Android Open Source Project mirrors. One of the great things about the fact that Android’s source is so immediately available is that third party developers can start integrating the changes into their projects right away. This is exactly what the good people at CyanogenMod have done, as the changes from Android 4.1.2 are already finding their way into nightly builds of the OS.
However, the new release did come at an inopportune time, as the second CyanogenMod “M Series” build was due to be out this week. Due to the new code, Cyanogen himself has decided to delay the M build for at least a week in order to merge the rest of the changes. Personally, this is a little bit disappointing as I am trying to switch to the more stable M builds for at least my main phone, but now I’m quite tempted to go back to nightlies.
Even with the slight delay, I still find it quite impressive how fast CyanogenMod manages to integrate new code into their OS. There may only be a couple of features like the landscape launcher or one finger expandable notifications, but the speed at which the changes are added is great, and makes using nightly builds quite a bit of fun. Now, if only manufacturers could push updates out this fast.[Google Groups]