I saw this on the news feeds today. It's still too early to hope for a new stable release this year. Interestingly I did some hacking on vc-git.el on Friday in an attempt to improve the annotate support. vc-git.el is now living in the emacs distribution proper but unfortunately doesn't work with older emacs, I assume as part of the of the vc.el hacking going on in the emacs development. It's probably worth putting some effort into pulling useful bits out of the emacs cvs and making the git contrib version play nicer for the time being.