Google’s latest version of Android operating system, Jelly Bean Android 4.1 is here and FriendCaller is soon going to be available for your Jelly Bean Android.
The Jelly Bean statue joins other dessert-themed statues on Google’s lawn, including an ice cream sandwich, donut, cupcake, and eclair. All represent the different versions of Android.
Lets find out what Google has brought up this time around with Jelly Bean Android 4.1 launch.
First additon to Jelly bean is the ‘Project Butter‘, meant to make the Jelly Bean experience ‘Buttery smooth”. Optimized to bring up faster and a much smoother response with improved system performance and enhanced user features. Done via vsync and tripple buffering to strengthen up the system. Includes stabilized and improved touch responsiveness.
Next come ‘Text Input‘ which has also been very well improved, specifically in regards of voice typing – Users will not be required to have a solid network connection to let this feature work, as the speech assistant is in-built into the device. The smart keyboard comes out much smarter and predicts the next word you intend to type. Cool!
Next interesting thing is the Support for blind users. With newly-introduced gesture mode, the users suffering from blindness will be able to navigate their devices.
The Camera app which has also been upgraded has taken a few steps further in Jelly Bean, bringing “Liveness” to Face Unlock, where the users can review photos faster with quick-shooting option.
No wonder it has been named, fast, simple, beautiful, fluid, beautifully designed and beyond smart. Jelly Bean with Android Beam has been reinforced with the ability to share video via NFC, as well as the capability to pair with an NFC-enabled Bluetooth device just by tapping it.
Notifications have also gotten a bit of a facelift and has received a boost, becoming far more dynamic and interactive— users can now return phone calls from within the notifications shade, as well as view multiple emails without having to jump into another app. Apps can also tap into the notification shade, and they can be expanded by dragging down with two fingers. That means users will be able to do more things with less clicks. Notifications also come with pre-programmed quick responses which can be sent to chosen contacts in various instances, such as being late for meetings and similar time-sensitive daily matters. Wow!
As expected, Google has revamped their Mobile search experience, and that begins with the UI. Searching from the Google bar brings up fine-looking white cards that display information culled using the Knowledge Graph. Also on deck is improved voice search, and it seems quite like SIRI in how it can display and read out search results with a very natural sounding female voice. Swiping away those response “cards” reveals usual search results.
The new Search offers a new user interface, voice-based search and a Google Now feature. The feature called ”Google Now” – “gets to the right information at the right time… automatically” by looking at your “search history, your calendar, and more to figure out what you might want. Examples include Google Now displaying information about sports scores and upcoming games. Users bring up Google Now by tapping on the search box or by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
your Jelly Bean phone will know where you’re going and how fast you’re getting there, it will be able to offer alternative routes and commuting information, commute duration, and it will even be able to calculate when to leave to get to your meetings in time. With Google Now you’ll automatically keep track of sporting events based on what teams you search for, get restaurant recommendations when you’re away from home and local information both at home but also if you’re traveling abroad.
This, I have to say, is pretty classic stuff.
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google has shown that a great update can be provided without reworking the entire OS. Jelly Bean brings out the best in Ice Cream Sandwich, and brings along some awesome new features to let the OS shine. With Android 4.1, the OS is more user-friendly and more sparkled than ever. With newly integrated features in our FriendCaller for Android, we can only wait what great package Android Jelly bean will become with FriendCaller!