Google has said the aim is to get the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom running Android 4.1 in mid-July 2012. It will release the Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDKto manufacturers at the same time meaning companies like Sony Mobile, HTC and others, can start porting the new mobile operating system to their own devices.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Features
- Project Butter has brought smoother and faster feeling user interface
- Improved notification center with expandable and actionable notifications
- Updated widget behavior
- Improved camera and gallery apps for easy photo snapping and sharing
- Improved keyboard behavior with with word prediction
- Added Accessibility options with support for external Braille input
- Enhanced Android Beam allowing transfer of photos and video
- Offline Voice recognition and typing
- Google Voice search is more intelligent than ever
- Updated Google Search user interface
- Google Now adds automatic information feeds to your device (weather, traffic, sports, etc)
- Bi-Directional text and additional language support
- Truly high-resolution contact photos
- USB audio output and HDMI multichannel audio output
- App encryption and Smart App updates
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There’s been a lot of talk about something called “Project Butter” during the Google I/O developers conference and unsurprisingly the whole thing doesn’t have anything to do with dairy products. Instead it’s what Google has labeled the under-the-hood improvements which keep Jelly Bean running — I couldn’t resist this line, I’m sorry — like butter.
Offline voice typing
How annoying is it when you can’t dictate something to your phone because you don’t have a cellular or Wi-Fi data connection? Jelly Bean makes this pesky issue a thing of the past with offline voice typing.When your device has a poor data connection or no connection at all, voice-to-text tasks are crunched locally instead of in the cloud.
I have a hunch that we’ll be talking about Google Now a lot in the future. It’s Google’s attempt to predict what you’ll need and get it to you before you even realize you need it. In theory, your device should learn your habits, interests and so on, and then offer up relevant traffic, weather and point-of-interest information.
Google’s voice search is now powered by Knowledge Graph, meaning that you’ll receive what Google deems to be the best answer to your query first, followed by relevant web results. In some quick tests, Google’s voice search definitely made Siri look terrible, as the iOS-based assistant has a bad habit of simply offering to search teh web for you in situations where Google already has an answer.
I may be an iOS fangirl who is so attached to her iPhone that she sleeps with it right next to her head, but even I have to admit that Google’s definitely doing something right with notifications.In Jelly Bean, the notification bar can do more than ever. It can now expand, to show you a portion of your inbox, rather than just the number of emails waiting for you.
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