When Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean last month at Google IO it was all cheers. They made the early SDK available for developers in a preview state, but today have unleashed it into the wild for all. This is good news for those developers looking to get into Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and start pumping out awesome applications.
As usual the update is available for developers in their SDK manager, or you can also download it direct today from the link below. Google announced this late last night over on Google+, and confirmed the new Jelly Bean SDK is an updated and complete version, and differs from the preview build released during IO. Here’s what they had to say:
We are pleased to announce that the full SDK for Android 4.1 is now available to developers and can be downloaded through your SDK Manager. You can now develop and publish applications against API level 16 using new Jelly Bean APIs. We are also releasing SDK Tools revision 20.0.1 and NDK revision 8b containing bug fixes only.
Google mentions this will help developers get their apps ready for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, as well as their new Nexus 7 — which was basically expected. They’ve already released Android 4.1.1 to AOSP, so developers have already been hard at work building ROM’s, but now app developers can dive in too. Google also appears to be pushing developers to build their apps to better support tablets. Which is a good move considering that is one area that Android tablets could still use some help.
More details and download information can be found at the Android Developers Blog.