Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Officially Announced at Google I/O! New Features Here! (Video)

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  • 27 Jun 2012
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  • Just two hours ago Google I/O 2012 kicked off and with it the series of Google announcements. The search engine giant announced the new Nexus 7 tablet, a mini Android PC for media streaming, called Nexus Q and finally Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The OS improves the features of Android 4.0 and enhances the search on Android.

    Google says that the new release is faster and offers a more fluid and smooth experience. Moving between home screens and switching between apps is now lag-free, just like flipping through the pages of a book. The first feature is called “Project Butter” and it aims at improving the total performance. It increases the system frame rate, reaching around 60 fps and also comes with a power saving feature that makes the device’s CPU function at a lower frequency and then increases it back when the user touches the display.

    Android 4.1 also features the Google Speech Recognizer, that gives you voice-based typing no matter if you have a data connection or not. The camera app also got updated, now allowing users to swipe through pictures quickly and delete those just taken that don’t suit their needs simply by swiping upward. Jelly Bean offers notifications you can interact with, so you can call or email people straight from the notification area. There’s also a new concept here called Google Now, an application that relies on the search history and location history of the user to find out what information the owner of the device may need sometimes.

    For one thing, Google Now can tell users how long their usual commutes will be, taking traffic into account. Google Now can also send notifications to the user, telling them what time they need to leave to make it to a certain event. Jelly Bean also brings mobile app encryption, allowing you to deliver all the apps you bought on Google Play Store with a special key attached to the device, usable before and after installation. Jelly Bean will debut on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom by mid-July. And one last thing: people with Android Jelly Bean phones will speak questions and not just search terms, as the whole idea of voice command and search from Google approaches Siri a little bit.

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