The Android Open Kang Project (AOKP), one of the most popular custom Android builds currently available, has just unveiled their 6th build of Jelly Bean. Along with the normal host of bug fixes and improvements, this build features an especially important addition: the removal of SuperSU in favor of Superuser.
Open Source Prevails
As we’ve covered earlier, Superuser is a fully open source application to manage root-level permissions on an Android device. Developed by Koushik Dutta, Superuser was released specifically to address the fact that the current favorite permissions management tool, Chainfire’s SuperSU is completely closed source, and in the past has lagged behind discovered vulnerabilities as there was only one developer able to address problems.
With Superuser, we are finally rid of this closed source scar on Android’s otherwise fairly transparent operation (aside from the Google Apps, anyway). Users who chose to use only free and open source software on their Android devices now have a modern and (hopefully) constantly maintained application to control root permissions on their devices, as the previously available open source alternatives were considerably stagnated.
There’s more in this update than just the open source transplant, and anyone running the previous version of AOKP will probably want to check out this release. Other notable fixes and additions for this build (full Changelog available via the project’s gerrit page):
- New device
- vibrantmtd (Samsung Vibrant)
- New features
- Fully revamped NavBar and Lockscreen UI in ROMControl
- Themeable lockscreen
- Scrollable toggles are back
- WebGL on the Nexus 10
- Option to daydream on wireless charger
- Volume adjust sound preference
- Open source Superuser thanks to Koush
- StatusBar hide toggle
- Sleep toggle
Keen-eyed readers will note on the original AOKP Blog post that certain letters of the announcement text were capitalized. When taken separately they spell out “MILESTONE”. So it looks like, even though the team isn’t ready to come right out and say it, this is considered a fairly stable build.
It’s also worth mentioning the announcement hints that “Big announcements and changes are coming in April”, so it looks like this may be a very exciting time for unicorn aficionados everywhere.