If you’ve been with the Android revolution since the release of 2.0, there’s a good chance you remember the original Motorola DROID. It was the phone that simultaneously brought Android and Motorola back from the brink of falling into obscurity; and by virtue of its unlocked bootloader , vanilla Android build, and massive userbase, it saw some of the most active community development of any Android device.
While there was no shortage of talented developers working on the DROID, there was one ROM that stood out among the crowd, Peter Alfonso’s Bugless Beast. It attempted to remain as true to stock Android as possible while still adding in some of the fixes and improvements from more tweak-heavy ROMs like CyanogenMod.
Today, after nearly a year since the last release, Bugless Beast Jelly Bean has been released for the CDMA and GSM versions of the Galaxy Nexus.
Peter Alfonso released this latest Bugless Beast build beast in a brief post on his blog a few hours ago:
Bugless Beast Jelly Bean builds are now available for select devices and coming to more soon! The builds are based on the latest source with slight modification as I see fit.
As of yet, there has been little other information released beyond a brief Changelog:
- Common: Reduce boot up time
- Common: Improve scrolling cache
- Common: Restrict system packages to protected storage
- Common: Hide “System updates” category
- Common: Expose build date in “About” screen
- Toro: Enable free tethering
- Toro: Raise output audio level
- Maguro: Raise output audio level
- Toro/Maguro: Remove bugreport from user builds
There has been no word so far on which devices will be supported in the future (given Peter’s track record, a XOOM build seems likely), or how active development will be from now on for Bugless Beast; but in the meantime one thing is clear, Galaxy Nexus owners just got a Jelly Bean AOSP ROM from one of the most talented developers in the community.