June 28, 2012

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean announced at Google I/O

Google at Google I/O has officially unveiled and showcased the next iteration of Android. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a major update from 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, apparently. The OS, as Google promised, will be first pushed to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Xooms. In terms of the UI of the platform not much has changed from ICS but there are some noticeable UI changes and improvements. Well, the UI does not really matter unless you are a Nexus user because when this comes to a non-Pure Google phone it will just be layered on top with another UI. But, yup! The vanilla flavored Android 4.1 JB is here to wow us and, personally, it did.

Jelly Bean is here to really make Android the best platform you can have. When I say that, I know that the OS is already far from where it kick-started. Android has already come a long way and in all fairness to Google and the Android team, they have done a brilliant job with 4.0 ICS. But JB is still better. What Google wanted to give with JB is a lot smoother and a better way to experience Android on a Nexus device or in any other brand of Android smartphone you have. From widgets that resize automatically depending on where they are placed to what they call as cards! A lot has been done with 4.1 Jelly Bean.
"To ensure a consistent framerate, Android 4.1 extends vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework. Everything runs in lockstep against a 16 millisecond vsync heartbeat — application rendering, touch events, screen composition, and display refresh — so frames don’t get ahead or behind."
Jelly Bean has what they call as the triple buffering technology incorporated into it. What that calculates is a platform that is smoother, no lags. 

With 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google introduces a brilliant feature that will just make you happy. Offline voice typing! Yup! You can now type a text message or whatnot using voice type even if you are not connected to the internet. When it comes to notifications, I believe no other platform has the better system. Android started it and with 4..1 JB, notifications are now better, more intuitive, and more interactive. The notification bar that you pull from the top of the screen is now larger and the first notification that is at the top of the list is enlarged further so that emails, messages, and whatnot can be previewed. It also sports a new way to view your notifications with expandable notifications. Yup! With a familiar gesture, you can view more about the content without having to go to the app.

There are lots of things stuffed into 4.1 JB like improved resizable widgets, better task navigation, the camera app has been improved, transitions to lights out and full screen modes, and lots of other things!

Ok, one last thing. Remember when you try to update an application installed in your Android device? Yup, it makes you download the whole application just to update it. Not with 4.1 JB. Google has made updating apps a lot easier and faster. Smart Apps Updates will now only download the needed update (not the whole app) in order to bring your app to its latest version, brilliant! Anyway, I'll post videos about the Android 4.1 JB below.

For more information and details about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean head over to developer.android.com.


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