• The new features of Android 4.1 operating system Jelly Bean

    Posted on July 11th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    Without any doubt that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system has been an excellent OS for all Android devices. Most Android users would prefer to own Android 4.0 ICS on their own Android devices. But the fact is that until now, there are still a lot of Android devices operating on previous versions of Android OS. Being such a wonderful OS, its successor in all ways has to perform even better. Now, luckily, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS is a comforting thing for all Android users. After a long turn of waiting along with all sorts of rumors, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now finally here. The newest Android OS version brings quite a lot of new features for users, the biggest improvement among which is that Google is finally seriously tackling the small but noticeable lag that’s often noticeable in the platform we’re extremely happy to see. In ICES Google has really minimized it, but due to the full multitasking Android comes with, Google is taking seriously in the newest version. And with the Project Butter, the goal is to go one step further and idealistically have lag-free performance from devices.

    Android 4.1 Jelly BeanBut besides that, there’re still many more improvements and new features planted into Jelly Bean. The following content would show you some key features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS:

    1. Project Butter would make Android devices lag-free: “Buttery graphics and silky transitions” is what you deserve with an operating system and that’s what Jelly Bean aims to finally bring to Android devices. The whole performance would become smoother and more fluent. Touch responses are getting faster in JB and switching apps is getting smoother.

    2. Time and location-aware search and suggestions in Google Now: Initially available in USA, Google Now knows where and when you are thanks to the phone’s sensors, and it uses this information along with Google’s Knowledge Graph to bring you search results and suggestions for the places you are and the times you visit them.

    3. “Actionable” notifications: Actionable here means that you can take action directly from the notification bar. Say you have a missed call – you can now call back directly from the notification drop down.

    4. Widgets resize automatically to fit your screen: Widgets are now smarter and if you try to move a large widget to a screen with little space it will automatically resize to fit and other icons automatically figure out where to move to empty the needed space.

    5. Brand new Gallery with filmstrip view and swiping gestures to delete photos: JB brings a quick and easy way to view and delete the unnecessary photos with filmstrip view in the gallery.

    6. Smarter keyboard with better autocorrect: Android Jelly Bean now comes with improved dictionaries. Predictive input gets really predictive and sometimes would even guess the word you want to type before you do. This makes it quite convenient and time saving when texting a message or email.

    7. Offline Voice Dictation: Best of all, now you don’t need to be connected to the network for voice dictation – it works offline.

    8. Improved accessibility: Jelly Bean comes with improved accessibility with Braille support and plugins for USB and Bluetooth output devices. Blind users now get touch and swipe gestures to navigate the UI, and accessability is improved.

    9. Android Beam comes to NFC Jelly Bean phones: Phones with NFC and JellyBean will get the Android Beam function that allows sharing of contacts, pages, YouTube videos and more in a second.

    10. Complete overhaul search: The new search gets a visual overhaul to match the added power of the Knowledge Graph.

    11. Intelligent voice search response: You’ve been able to search the web with your voice for a while on Android, but now the phone will speak back to you with intelligent answers.

    12. Google Now cards pop up on your screen in need: Google Now will automatically pop up relevant cards when you’re at a particular location. You’re in an airport? Your boarding pass should be right there for you.

    With the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, your Android devices would act really fast. Meanwhile, along with the unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the SDK could be downloaded at Android developer now. Best of all, it’s available for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom mid-July.

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