Just as Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) said they would be in their last status update, the team has been fairly quiet since their last release as they focus on the new changes and improvements introduced in the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) codebase.
But earlier today the team released a statement detailing where they are now, and where they hope to be in the very near future.
Site and Support Changes
Effective immediately, the AOKP team has started up a new IRC channel on Freenode (#aokp-support) to help new and existing users alike learn the ins and outs of the ROM. The team acknowledges that the previous IRC channel, #teamkang, was not exactly the most friendly place for new users, but is committed to making the new channel a much more approachable place to ask questions of the team and seasoned users. To that end, their will be rules enforced to make sure discussion is relevant and constructive to those looking for help.
The team also mentioned that the site for the ROM, aokp.co, will soon be undergoing a major revamp that will make the whole thing more useful and streamlined. The existing site is certainly nothing to get too excited about, so some aesthetic and functional improvements are certainly welcome.
AOKP also used this opportunity to announce they are looking for some device maintainers to take a bit of the development weight off of the core team. The requirements for becoming a device maintainer are pretty straightforward:
- Be in “good standing” with the community
- Be comfortable with gerrit/git
- Able to submit clean, easy to read code
- Able to keep the device they are maintaining “up-to-date” until at least the next release of Android
- Submit original work, or at the very least keep authorship of all commits not written by the maintainer
In other words, you’ll need to know what you’re doing. If you have experience developing Android ROMs and own an AOKP-supported device, this might be an interesting hobby to take up.
The application process won’t start until after the team releases their first stable JB build, but even if you are interested and meet all the requirements, your application still needs to be voted on before it will be accepted.
Of course, the piece of news AOKP users want to hear about the most is when they can expect their favorite Android ROM to be updated to the latest and greatest release from Google. To that, the team will only say: “soon”.