egzthunder1 · Nov 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm

And the First 4.2 Port Goes to…

As we have mentioned in the past, the need for our devices to be up-to-date is no longer a luxury or even a necessity, it is an addiction. Because of this, whenever something like this happens, everyone’s eyes shift focus to developers who work on AOSP-based ROMs. People become static, glued to their PCs with sweating palms and foreheads, and with a few extra keyboards due to potential F5 key breakage. All of the sudden, a new thread emerges with a title that has a little something which stands out (no, not Off-Topic)… “4.2.” Boom! Happiness and joy fill our hearts, as we click on the download links as fast as humanly possible to try and get a hold of the new goods.

The dealer of happiness this time around happens to be XDA Recognized Developer randomblame, who has ported 4.2 from the newly  dropped AOSP source onto the aging (but still fighting) Acer Iconia A500. As you would likely expect (and the dev makes this painfully obvious in the first sentence of his OP), the build is a first and as such, is riddled with bugs and things that do not function properly or at all, such as access to the SD card, audio, camera, and Bluetooth. On the flip side, WiFi works, so you will still be able to enjoy the online experience, regardless of the broken device features.

If you do download it and flash it, please understand that the build is nowhere near final, but will become more usable as time goes by. Please report issues and feedback to the dev (if they are in logcat form, it would be better). Happy flashing!

This is a first build there are issues which will be sorted throughout the next several days. This is proof of concept.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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