With the increasing advancements in technology, every company is releasing new products or adding more features to the previous ones. Google is certainly not behind in this line. It has now released Android Jelly Bean 4.1 on 27th of June, with it appearing alongside the first device to run it, the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Google has also announced that it plans to have Jelly Bean running on the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom in mid-july. Users did not even get used to the 4.0 version and yet Google has something more amazing to offer!
So, what is new in the Jelly Bean?
It has loads of improvements in notifications, speed and smoothness, plus a new feature called Google Now. Perhaps, the coolest feature in Android 4.1 is the “Google Now”. It updates you with useful information, which is important to you, in real time. When you mark an important event in your life, this feature will keep you updated.
That is, it will figure out your usual travel method, calculate the time it will take you to get to your event using that travel method, and notify you when you need to leave. It also navigates you to the place. It can even calculate the time for you to get to the bus stop, if you are using public transport! The more you use it the smarter it gets. It will tell you about famous restaurants, when you are walking down a street and also the popular menu in the respective restaurants.
It keeps you updated on the status of upcoming flights, sports scores, currency conversions if it recognizes you traveling internationally, and a lot more.
Another feature, which Google has added is the Intelligent Knowledge Graph. If Google recognizes your search it’ll show you a card with information pertaining to that specific thing. Of course if you want to use the regular search you can easily swipe down to bypass the card.
Google has also added Project Butter to the new Android. It adds speed and smoothness to the Android’s UI. The most interesting is the touch responsiveness improvement, which ramps up the CPU as soon as you touch the screen so it can react quickly to whatever you’re about to do.
Additionally, notifications are much more expandable and detailed. Now you can get more information about the specific notification and can act instantly in it. If someone shares a photo on Google+, you’ll see a full res version of the photo, and you can +1 or share it with one tap.
Besides, Google’s voice actions are now also available offline. If you want to type a message, using your voice, you can easily do so right from the keyboard, no internet connection necessary.
Also, the new Camera has a few new cool gestures. When in camera view, you can swipe to the left to view your camera roll, and swipe through your photo library right from there. If you want a wider view, you can pinch in to view a filmstrip of your photos, and swipe up to delete any of your photos!
All of these above are not the only new features in the Jelly Bean, it also includes the ability to pair your phone with Bluetooth speakers just by tapping them together, new input languages, accessibility features for blind users, and more.
We still haven’t heard from a whole host of Android device manufacturers including; Asus, Sony, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Acer and Panasonic.
We expect to hear from them soon enough!