Google has unveiled Android 4.1 codenamed ‘Jelly Bean’ at the Google I/O. The update can be considered a major one as the new features of Jelly Bean are really competitive and incredible. Only slight change to the UI but new cool updates for Siri like voice commands, new camera app, Google Now, a new intelligent keyboard, improved notifications, android beam and much more.
Jelly Bean will be released in the date of mid-July. But Google has made the SDK available for developers from today.
So here’s what you need to know about the latest features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, one by one:
Let’s start with the ‘Project Butter’. The main aim of this project was to give Jelly Bean butterly smooth user interface experience. The new Android 4.1 works with 60 FPS framerate with vsync and improved buffering. We can also see new gestures accessibility. Android Beam now enables Jelly Bean devices to share video via NFC and also pair with another NFC enabled devices.
Google Now is a brand new feature that keeps track of your personal data such as search history, your calender, your favorite places, etc. Google Now mainly focus on your usual routine and notifies you about what you might find interesting and useful. It keeps you updated with sports scores, flights time & bus schedules. Want a restaurant suggestion? Google Now handles that too! And it’s all automatic.
We all know Android’s notifications are the best of all mobile OS and now it gets even better. You can perform the notified task directly from the notification bar. So if a message pop ups, you can view it directly on notification bar and give a reply. All social media interactions such as liking and commenting actions can also be performed from the top bar itself.
When you type on Jelly Bean device, it gives great suggestions so that you won’t need to type the whole phrase. But the main keyboard update is the Jelly Bean’s Siri-like Voice commands. Now voice recognition comes built-in with the Android 4.1 and you won’t even need any network connection. You can use it offline too.
Not a major change, but on Jelly Bean, you can have a quick look of last photos taken by the camera. It’s just like gallery but in a versatile way. It’s fast and easy.
But when can we expect these cool features on our smartphones? Well, Google will release the Jelly Bean update starting from mid July. OTA updates are available for Galaxy S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom. Also, the SDK version is available to the developers right now.
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