Google released a new version of Android, Android version 4.1 at the Google I/O 2012. The Android version 4.1 OS is called “Jelly Bean”.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean would start being rolling out from mid-July 2012. Along with the Jelly Bean, Google also launched “Project Butter”. Project Butter would make the touch experience on Jelly Bean super smooth.
The total touch experience of Jelly Bean is very smooth. The main reason for this is that the frame rate of Jelly Bean has been increased to 60 FPS (frames per second). The screen has also been made more sensitive by implementing vsync and triple buffering. The screen has been made very responsive and you would be amazed to see the responsiveness of the touch screen on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Google demonstrated the difference between Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich by running them both together at the same time. Attendees could easily make out that Jelly Bean was much more responsive and faster than Android ICS. Developers were also given access to new tool called Systrance. With the help of this tool, developers could easily know what rendering engine is actually up to.
Another difference between Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich is that Jelly Bean would give you Sharper Notifications. You will find all the notifications at one place using the slide down notification in Android Jelly Bean. You can also directly call back or text the person, if you have received a missed call directly from the widget of notifications. Same is true with the Gmail messages. You never have to actually switch between different apps.
Also, with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean, you will have access to Google Now. Using Google Now, you can directly know which route to take while walking or which restaurant to pick up for lunch or dinner. Jelly Bean will have support for NFC – Near Field Communication with Android Beam. So users just need to hold their devices to share anything like videos, music or photos. Along with all these, there is also a smarter Keyboard which has the capability to predict words. Smarter keyboard will also come integrated with Android Jelly Bean. There is also much improvement made in the Camera App with which you can now review your photos in a much faster way.
All the above features sound simply great. But when does the official version of Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out? Google would start OTA updates with Motorola Xoom, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. All these would be available from the mid of July, 2012. As of now SDK is available to developers.
Looks like Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the nest version of Android released till date. We all are eager to get hands to it. Aren’t you?