Android is the most highly successful mobile operating system to have ever launched. It’s slowly and gradually over taking the Apples iOS and becoming one of the most widely used mobile OS.
There are many budget oriented devices that appeals to a wider audience then only keeping high end devices. As a result android was able to reach many people who did not prefer spending so much on a high end smartphone.
Since the beginning android has received many updates and with the release of Android 2.3 it was a milestone because it introduced many new features that made the android experience more worthwhile.
In November 2011 Google had announced and released their latest android OS called Ice cream sandwich and was launched with Google’s new flagship device called Galaxy Nexus.
Android 4.0 ICS introduced many new updates and also further streamlined the android experience. With android 4.0 Google is attempting to reduce the fragmentation which has been one of the major drawbacks affecting the android ecosystem.
Ice cream sandwich addresses the fragmentation issue to some extent by making the tablets and smartphone in one world and thus allowing the developer to develop the same kind of app that works seamlessly across the mobiles and tablets also.
But Android 4.0 hasn’t reached out to all the smartphone and tablets that are available in the market. This is because the manufacturers are taking their time in preparing the update and also the releasing it has been a slow process.
Only the devices that are being released this year are coming with android 4.0 preinstalled out of the box. The devices that will be having Android 4.0 preinstalled are LG Optimus 4X HD, HTC One X, One S and Samsung Galaxy S3. Rest of the devices are still running on Android 2.3 and awaiting updates. So as a result only 2% to 3% of devices are running on Android 4.0 according to the latest surveys and news.
Now it has been rumored that Google is prepping for the release of the next major version of android called Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which will be announced the Q3. With this version of android Google are aiming at eliminating the fragmentation issue that has plagued android since its birth.
But according to the rumors Google have partnered with Asus to release Nexus tablets with which they will show case their Android 4.1 Jelly bean. With Ice cream sandwich being just released and still not released to a wide variety of devices is it wise to release another major update so soon?
Well according to an anonymous source that rapid shift of OS is very healthy for the development of android ecosystem because it will help in reducing the fragmentation and also enable the developers to develop applications that are optimized for the latest version and run across all the devices without any major modifications.
So there you go soon we will be seeing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which will be released with many new and improved features that will bring a whole new meaning to the android experience.
Do let us know what you think and expect android 4.1 will do and provide and whether its wise to release a new Android OS when android 4.0 is still trying hard to makes it presence known in the android world.
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