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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to roll out in July

June 28, 2012
by Nigel Chew GooglePlus

28 June 2012 – Google has just taken out the lid off to reveal Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the Google I/O event earlier. While not the significant upgrade one would come to expect, there are a number of important features worth taking note of.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The biggest draw has got to be Project Butter, an initiative by the company to improve performance and response time. The system now runs at a full 60fps, which blows Gingerbread out of the water.

Tweaks have been applied to the homescreen as well, with features such as dynamic widget resizing, which automatically resizes widgets if there is no room in that particular screen. Additionally, a quick flick of the app off the screen will instantly delete it.

While given a makeover in ICS, Google has significantly improved upon the camera app in Jelly Bean as well.  The gallery is now integrated within, allowing users to quickly pull up the photos just taken with a swipe to the left. Users can also keep swiping through your images or even pinch to zoom out and view images in a filmstrip view. Best of all, these images can now be shared via Google Beam, with support for Bluetooth and NFC devices.

And finally, Google Now and the upgraded search function now takes the Android experience to a higher level. The tweaked app has a new UI and will even respond to queries in an authentic human-like synthesised voice. Google Now also personalizes searches based on search histories and data tracked from usage of other Google applications.

Jelly Bean will be initially out on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom  in mid July.


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