What’s new in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

We are not talking about jelly bean food. It is new Android version 4.1 which code named as Jelly Bean. Recently, Google showed off their new product, Asus Nexus 7, a cheap tablet along with another new Google software product for mobile, Android 4.1. So, what we can expect from this new upgrade OS?

Not so much we can expect because the version 4.1 seem to be small update/enhancement of current features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Here I can summarize several features that all the tech reviewer said.

Speed and Smoothness
Faster, more responsive interface throughout the system. Google made some efforts to improve this feature by creating team called “Project Butter”. Jelly Bean will sense the location and direction of your finger and predict, a few milliseconds early.

New way voice command actions
Last time, if you send a text message or type using voice command, you need internet connection. But now you can do it offline. (The software itself can interpret queries, rather than streaming them up to Google’s servers for analysis). The functionality looks like Apple’s Siri virtual assistant.

Google Now
Some said this is the coolest feature in Android 4.1. A feature that always keep you up to date on what’s important in your life. Is it that smart? That enables them to combine all the information they have about your work habits, appointments, location, and more. You can opt out of this if you like, but it enables new services such as reviews of restaurants as you walk by them, and sports scores of teams you care about delivered automatically to your device.

Advanced notifications
You will get better notifications in Jelly Bean, more details information about the notification. The ability to take actions directly from a notification — like calling someone back directly from a “missed call” message. You’ll even be able to mute notifications from intrusive apps.

Better Home Screen
Google has made widgets more user friendly. When you drag a widget to the home screen, other widgets will move out of the way, or the one you are dragging will resize itself to fit.

I was noticed that Samsung Galaxy S3 will get update the Jelly Bean soon and also available to Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S phone. Now it’s time apps developer to create new apps compatible with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean because most of the new API have been added to the Android Support library.

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