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Google Spills The Beans on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Posted June 28, 2012 by Paul Samuel in Feature

Google has finally announced the latest successor to the much awaited sequel: the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, in San Francisco as part of their unveiling in the Google I/O Event. Together with the Nexus 7 tablet, the Galaxy Nexus was also rumored to be the first device to sport the Jelly Bean update. It seems like it was just yesterday that Ice Cream Sandwich was launched, and now Google has done it again with another update to be released later on this year. The revolutionary shift from the Gingerbread to ICS and to Jelly Bean marks another milestone in the Android platform. With each new update comes another chance for improvement and Google has finally spill the beans on this one. Literally!

Faster Than Ever Before

One of the main highlights of Jelly Bean is making Android smooth as butter due to the success of Google’s very own “Project Butter”, a driving effort that will greatly improve the performance and processing time. Jelly Bean is reported to run at 60 fps and the difference only maters in sheer milliseconds. It may sound to you like a small feat, but Jelly Bean is as fast as ICS. In terms of loading times, animations are much smoother, and the CPU performs faster than before to ensure for a speedy response time.

Notifications Are Even Better

Another highlight that made the crowd applaud in amazement is the drastic change when it comes to widget functionality. Widgets can now be resize according to the users choice of preference, meaning that they can place them anywhere on the screen and resize them according to their hearts content. They can even separate landscape and portrait layouts on their widgets.
Notifications are also being revamped and applications now display a larger portion when displaying alerts in which it can easily be expanded and shrink. If someone sends you message you can get a preview of the image and view it in full size without you having to leave the notification area, at the same time you can even show your appreciation by giving it a +1 Google.

Android Beam is Making a Comeback

When Android Beam was introduced together with ICS, we hadn’t got much news on how it was being used by consumers. In Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Android Beam went guns-a-blazing with Google integrating tons of features like easy sharing of images, videos and other payloads of multimedia content. Whenever a users tries to transfer a file, Android Beam will automatically hand over NFC to Bluetooth, making the transfer manageable between two devices.

Say Cheeze

First introduced in ICS, the Camera application is now being modified and tweaked in Android 4.1. The gallery is now integrated with the Camera allowing users to quickly pull up the photo with a simple swipe to the left. Zooming in and out can be one by pinching and all of your images can be viewed in filmstrip view.

Smarter Updates

The latest feature that Google Play will soon about to adapt is a better way to receive application updates. Instead of the entire APK file to be send to you on your phone, bits are being introduced as a replacement making it lighter for your network data. Smart app updates only takes 1/3 the size of a full APK file making you save a lot in bandwidth charges.

Personalize Google Search and Google Now

Google has made much improvements in their Voice Search functionality. Known as Google Now, the new feature will make it easier for users to search as graphics are being added on the display results such as cards for weather, sports scores, and a lot more. It will even respond to your queries as if you were sitting beside a personal assistant.

In a nutshell, Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a great leap from Ice Cream Sandwich and definitely brings a whole lot of useful improvements in the table. The only surprise that Google didn’t make an announcement is the fact when it comes to battery management. Battery drains have always been a problem long before and Android was criticized of being a battery hog. We’ll just have to wait, as for now, the Jelly Bean announcement and the features it carriers along with are certainly the best things we can expect on the next update.

As of June, devices running Ice Cream Sandwich constitute up to 7.1 percent total according to the Android developer website making Gingerbread the most popular version today with a total of 65%. Jelly Bean will soon be rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and other devices by mid July.

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Paul Samuel
Paul Samuel

Paul Samuel is an Android enthusiast and programmer. Driven by his passion of technology, he wants to share his knowledge to other people. He himself is an avid reader, a gamer, and socially active person that wants to share his new found discoveries to other tech-savvy readers such as himself.