Last week, at the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, Google officially announced the release of Android 4.1 AKA Jelly Bean. Besides its tasteful and colorful name, Jelly Bean brings a whole bunch of great new features that ever
y Android user will be thrilled to know about.
From Now On it’s a Smooth Ride
The first thing that you’ll notice once you start using the Jelly Bean OS is how fast your phone is. You can thank Project Butter for that. Project Butter is Google’s new solution for avoiding the lag problems that have plagued Android devices. It lets the graphics run in sync with the CPU rather than battle against it. It improves the touchscreen response by anticipating where your finger is going to land and responds almost immediately to the input. The CPU response to touch is also improved, which makes your Android run as smooth as, well, butter.
Google takes the better-faster approach very seriously when it comes to Jelly Bean. It has never been easier to personalize and customize the home screen. When you place a new widget on the screen everything else moves automatically to make room for the new addition. Jelly Bean lets you view multiple photos at the same time, instantly view the just taken photos and most importantly, share the photos in a blink of an eye. Jelly Bean has updated and more accurate dictionaries and a prediction option that suggests your next word before you start typing it and if that is not enough, there is also a better voice typing option that works even when your 3G and WIFI are turned off.
Right here Right Now
Google Now will be your new best friend. It tells you everything you need to know the moment you want you know it. It improves the Google search experience and gives it a personal touch. If you want to find out where to eat sushi in Manhattan, for example, ask Google Now and it will give you a card with all the necessary details. Google Now includes an improved voice searchthat has proven to be faster than Apple’s Siri!
As of today, Jelly Bean is undoubtedly the best Smartphone OS that has been released by Google, and most probably by anyone. It confirms for the 400 million Android users out there that they made the right choice in devices and will most likely cause many Smartphone users who haven’t yet been captured by the Android magic, to make the switch. Here at StartApp, we already support ICS and have now started working on a compatible monetization SDK for Android’s Jelly bean which will hopefully be ready very soon.