The most anticipated and awaited operating system by Google is officially announced by Google today at the Google I/O conference. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which is what they call is now officially announced by Google. Jelly Bean is an update to the previous version which is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There are many more things which Google announced at the Google I/O conference but we will be discussing the features and improvements over Android 4.0 ICS in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
It’s been updated with so many features and improvements, but the looks which I call UI is kept same as the previous version. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has the UI same as that of the ICS but obviously advances in features and the core functionality. So what are the features added in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and what improvements have been made? Let us go through the details below.
Jelly Bean is Fast and Smooth
Google actually now know what makes an OS most reliable and user friendly. And so they have worked on the right thing. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now much faster and smoother as compared to ICS. As you can see in the video, demonstrated by Google, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has come way ahead of ICS when it comes to faster response. It looks really fast and smooth.
The response of the OS is much better as compared to ICS. Jelly Bean is designed to make the devices running it more responsive and it actually increases the CPU performance when it feels a touch on device. And turns it down when there is no use which in turn will save battery. So altogether Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now fast, smooth and more responsive which is the most important and much needed improvement so far. Now hopefully it will be able to compete with iOS and Windows Phone when it comes to faster UI.
Improved and Expandable Notification
The notification center is now more powerful and can do much more than it does before. It has been improved with lot of functionality. It now allows you to take actions on your notification right from the notification area. E-mail, reply to a missed call, message or whatever you need, do it directly from the notification shade. It can’t get better than this.
Home Screen is now improved and is smart
Home screen of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now improved and acts smart. It has a new functionality called Auto arrange which makes it easier to manage your Home Screen. It does what you can’t, automatically. All the widgets you place on the Home Screen get adjusted by automatically JB. If it’s the size or space on the home screen, everything will be managed by JB. You do not need to worry about anything on Home Screen. That’s Smart, isn’t it?
Camera App is now more advanced with new features
The camera App in Jelly Bean is now more advanced and packs some really cool features to give the perfect experience while clicking pictures or recording videos. It now has filmstrip view which allows you to view the snaps you took by just swiping over the screen.
Sharing those pictures of yours is much easier and also if the one you do not like can be deleted at much faster speed. So in all the camera app in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is improved a lot to provide better imaging experience.
Smart Keyboard with Next word prediction and Offline Voice input
These are really cool features added in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. First one is the word prediction. Though this one is already available with Android 4.0 but is now improved with the 4.1 JB. While you type a text, JB predicts the word you are trying to type, which of course saves lot of time.
Another one is really cool. You can use your voice to type, which means voice to text but this one works without any data connection or say offline. Now that is something out of the box. The feature looks really cool but still we have to wait and see how exactly it does the task what it is meant for.
Android Beam now supports Photos and Video Sharing too
The Android Beam is now been updated and is much improved. With Android Beam two NFC devices can share photos and videos as well with just a tap. This functionality of course was not available with Android 4.0 ICS. Jelly Bean now gets it. To add more, devices with Simple secure Pairing support can be paired with your device by just tapping. So you can now pair with Bluetooth devices such as Head phone, Speaker, etc by just tapping and no syncing or pairing. That is cool.
Enhanced Google and Voice Search
Google search is now much improved and enhanced in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The UI change and some improvement brings you a new experience with Google Search in JB. This new Google search uses the Knowledge Graph which provides you with much richer results of your search.
Goggle Voice search is now more advanced and knows exactly how to interact and answer the query we ask. It now has a new voice to answer. You can ask Google Voice to search the web for you and reply the result found. Natural query can also be asked to Google Voice Search. And of course this one also is powered with the Google knowledge Graph.
Now this one is not an improvement but a complete new feature added to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is indeed the most exciting and to look forward to feature of JB. Google Now is intended to help you with every possible manner it can. It provides with information you would need in every day to day life. It starts and stays with you right from the beginning of your day.
Google Now knows and tells you where exactly you are and where are you moving to. It shows you route to your destination. It brings you the weather, traffic, transport, etc details to help you travel safely and without any inconvenience. You can stay updated with score of your favorite sports going on and at the same time get to know every detail on your calendar. If you have any meeting planned then Google Now will remind you that as well. It just has everything you would need.
You can bring it up by simply tapping the search icon on the Home Screen or by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, no matter which screen you are on. It will come up to help you when you need. Google Now sure is the most exciting and fully loaded feature of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We definitely need to wait, while we get to see it in action and know how helpful it exactly is.
When does it get Available?
Well there are only countable devices which get in mid July. The list includes Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom. The update will be OTA. And of course Google Nexus 7 Tablet packs it.
These are the just the features and improvements in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which Google has announced. But sure there are lots more than this to discover when we actually have it running on our devices. Mid July is the time when some of the selected devices will get it running but others need to wait long time since we know what happened with Android 4.0 ICS? It’s not even on 30% devices. So some lucky devices will only get their hands on Jelly Bean. And if you want it early then you have to buy Google Nexus 7 Tablet which run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. So that was all now, we will get you more soon. Stay tuned.