Google unveils Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O

Jelly Bean is official folks and part of what is going to make it as smooth as ever is Project Butter which includes VSync, Triple Buffering, and Touch Responsiveness. Jelly Bean will have a much higher frame rate.

It’s officially version 4.1 as was rumored before. Hit the break for all the changes and enhancements:

  • Widgets are now easier to install in that if your home screen is too crowded, other widgets will automatically be resized to make room.
  • Text input is easier. You will now see predicted words before you actually type the next word. More importantly for voice typing you no longer need a data connection. This really speeds things up dramatically. It will start with English for now with more to come. The keyboard itself will get 18 new languages.
  • Gesture Note will allow blind users to navigate the UI. It even supports braille input via Bluetooth.
  • With ICS the camera app has a fast shutter, but now you can look at photos you’ve taken even faster. In the gallery You can even switch to film strip view to look at photos faster and swipe photos away that you want to delete.
  • Android Beam is now enhanced with the ability to send photos to another device and you can pair you device with Bluetooth speakers with a simple bump as long as they have NFC in them.
  • Notifications give you more information and are now customizable. For example you can call someone from the notification screen now without going to the dialer. If there is a calendar notification, you can email others that you’re going to be late. Again without opening Gmail. You can also expand notifications with a two finger gesture and you can even favorite a song from music apps.
  • They redesigned Search from the gound up with a new UI, improved Voice Search, and Google Now.  The results have some really cool looking pages called “Cards” when you search for the weather for example. The Voice Search is now enhanced in that it speaks back to you. Can you say Siri? So if you ask a question, it will speak back to you with the answer. It will even show you pictures from Google Images. You can still get Web Search results as well. Google Now gets the right information at the right time. It uses your search history, calendar and location history to figure out when you might need something. It will tell you how long your normal commute will be as well as give you alternatives. For places, it will show you bars and restaurants around you. When you have an appointment, Google will tell you how long it will take to get there, when the bus will arrive, etc. If you search for certain flights, it will automatically give you information about that flight if times have changed, etc. If you search for the Red Sox, Google will now keep you up to date with scores and news related to the Red Sox. All of this informatin

OTA updates will start in mid July on Galaxy Nexus devices, Motorola XOOM, and the Nexus S. The SDK is available now. They also announced the Platform Development Kit (PDK). It enables OEMs and Chipset makers to work closely.

So what do you guys think?

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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Amblin

    So this will hit the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, like sometime next year? If ever.

  • Piyush Rathod

    features are boring and mostly related to voice search.

    • Piyush Rathod

      i thought i wil see something new , they even admitted the lag in android and are bringing it down by jelly bean unless i get the update by the carrier.

  • sharon

    Nice job, sounds really interesting. Can’t wait to check it out myself.