There are lots and lots of happening at the Google I/O conference. One such is some details revealed about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile OS of Google. Following what the search giant said about it in the conference, we have compiled here a complete review about the Jelly Bean.
Jelly Bean is incomplete if the discussion goes without Project Butter, the name as Google calls it. The first effort of Google with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is to further smoothen up the UI experience. With just a light touch on phone screen will ramp up the CPU speed. Lot smoother with the triple buffering function of the UI.
How nice if your tablet knows what next you are going to type. Yes, similar to SwiftKey now Android too goes intelligent. The Jelly Bean interface will know what next you may type and show you such recommendations based on usual phrases you type.
Earlier it was promised by the search giant about offering offline mapping solution. Here it is. With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean offline Maps is now a reality. The offer comes at the right time when Apple is to debut its own Maps App for iOS 6. For avid traveler maps is always indispensable, and now with offline support it becomes world-class product.
With the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean now you can customize your homescreen. It’s easy and simple. Just drag the icons and it is done. It is so designed to automatically accommodate all your widgets and apps on the homescreen. Also, removing unwanted widgets and apps are just a quick swipe away.
Google Now is a major piece of the Jelly Bean. It takes your navigation history, your searches, current location and calendar events to create for you a personalized listing. It tells you your next appointment, what transport to take and many more. It will also inform you about updated sports scores, nearby restaurants etc.
Google’s “Siri” – Google Voice
It was first Siri of Apple in iPhone 4S, then Samsung’s S-Voice, and later few more. Now Google is ready with its speech recognition app that can control your smartphone by just your voice command. Dubbed as Google Voice, the software performs better than Siri when you search something on Google. It’s search results are more realistic and more natural. Oops! as of now Google Voice will not be able to set your alarm clock or send SMS as Siri does, but let’s hope an update of the app may bring such functionality along with some more creative features.
New Languages and Accessibility
Google has included 18 new input languages in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that includes Hindi, Thai, Persian, Hebrew and Arabic. More to this, even visual impaired users can navigate the smartphone or tablet using gestures and audio cues. Braille device input is also supported.
Expanded Android Beam NFC
The NFC (near field communication) technology has been expanded with Android Beam in Jelly Bean. It now supports sharing of data between paired devices. Also, pairing of devices becomes easier with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It just require a tap between compatible hardware.
Powerful Notification Tray
The notification function has also been much improved with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Missed calls can now be dialed back directly from notifcation. Also, directly from notification you can update “Like” of social network. You get your Gmail snippet at the notification.
Offline Voice Dictation
Until now voice dictation was only possible with internet connection. Now it has come as offline feature also. You can now hammer out emails in offline and can send it later via voice. Only US English language is now compatible.
There are much more to come when we finally experience the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on our smartphones and tablet PCs. Till then, do use the below comment box and voice your thoughts what more you are expecting from this OS update by Google.
So far Google has tried to take a quantum leap in almost all possible areas of operating system, tuning the Ice Cream Sandwich towards more fine edge. By mid-July Jelly Bean is arriving but the only problem is that it is arriving on just Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom. Let’s hope more devices are added soon.