Google has started pushing the source for Android 4.4 to its Android Open Source Project (AOSP) trees. This will enable companies like Cyanogenmod or even competitors like Amazon to take the source code and use it as they deem fit.
The announcement of 4.4 also reveals who might have replaced Jean-Baptiste “JBQ” Quéru of Google who recently stepped down after some conflicts with hardware vendors. The announcement was made by Google employee Ed Hely on AOSP Google Group page.
We are in the process of making two new branches available:
kitkat-dev for kitkat open source contributions
kitkat-release the kitkat release build (KRT16M) for the Nexus 5–which will be tagged with android-4.4_r1.
In the coming weeks, other Nexus devices (Nexus 4, 7, and 10) will receive their KitKat update, and we’ll make those proprietary binaries and factory images available at that time.
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