Today, Google officially announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Project Butter started off year ago with aim to smoothen the android experience led to upgrade of Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean has better UI response, smother graphics, higher frame rate, Vsync: Screen composition, screen refresh. Triple Buffering — GPU and CPU enhanced in short a performance focussed effort . It has improved touch experience, touch responsiveness and anticipates where fingers will be. It instantly ramps up the CPU based on touch. Going in more details, Systrace – collects data from the kernel. So we have our utterly butterly smooth Jelly Bean launched.
Android Jelly Bean
New Homescreen Interface Management:-
Google has made widgets more intelligent in Jelly Beans. The widgets will automatically just fit itself in proper position and if there is less space on the homescreen then it will automatically resize itself. You also “toss” the apps and widgets by swiping up to get them off the screen. Also dedicated widgets of in-app contents can be added. For example Featured Apps on Google Play Store can be added as widget thus giving user facility to see what they want to see. Lovely isn’t it?
Language and Predictons:-
In Jelly Bean, the dictionaries have been refined and will learn better. The bigrame prediction engine will predict words in better way thus will improve the typing experience through keyboard. Fonts support for Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Thai, Persian, Arabic and Hebrew to come.
Google has made a huge improvement in Voice typing by giving completely new feature called Offline Voice Typing. You can type via voice without being connected to the web and that is big improvement. Offline Voice typing is available for English (US) first. Other languages will come soon. Other languages will come soon. Also Touch and swipe gestures + speech for blind user accessibility have been added.
In Ice Cream Sanwich, we can take photos with zero lag but now you can view photos really fast too. You can swipe a photo back into view as you are taking photos. You can pinch from a photo to get a multi photo view, and then view a “film strip” quickly. You can also swipe away a photo, and if you make a mistake, do an “undo.”
Two new features are introduced in Android Beam. You can send a photo or video by tapping phones. You can also pair and connect phone with Bluetooth device by simply tapping your phone.
New Notification Improvements:-
There is huge overhaul in the notifications have been done in Jelly Bean. Swiping down the notifications tray will show a new look design and one that is much more fully featured. The idea is that notifications are more complete, meaning you don’t have to open up apps. A lot more information can be displayed, say quick look at news stories or in depth Foursquare check-in information, comment or like. You can take actions (like call someone back) right from the notifications. You can also see your gmail inbox right in notifications. Calendar notifications come in, and if you’re running late, for example, you can send an e-mail to the meeting participants, and it includes canned responses.The notifications can be expanded by selectively two finger swipe although you can get rid of them all, just as in Ice Cream Sandwich. Think of it like either expanding or contracting notifications without the irritation of app opening.
Better Notification in Jelly Bean
Expanded Notification in Jelly Bean
Search is quicker and more refined. The search result are shown in card-based answers and can be swiped left to right for normal web search. They have used knowledge graph which is supposed to be a smarter search. It also understands the natural language and speaks back to you. Ask it question, it will show you a response. Voice is pretty sexy than Siri, and looked smarter in demo.
Improved Card Search in Jelly Bean
Improved Search Results in Jelly Bean
It will just get you right info at right time automatically. It uses information from your location, calendar and search history and give amazing information to you. It will get better and better as user uses it more. When you are walking down the street, Google Now can update live, showing you nearby restaurants, with a card-based view showing search results and even a link to open up maps to navigate to the restaurant.And it goes one further: say you searched for a flight, Google Now will auto update showing its data and even the terminal and gate you need to board it.
Traffic Updates using Google Now
With sports Google Now works out what sort of sports you search for and then builds up a results-based card for you. While travelling it will even know which country you are in and offer up things like intelligent currency exchange cards.
Places using Google Now
The Google Now service can be accessed in two ways. Either you swipe up from the bottom of the screen or tap on the search box. It behaves like a personalised card which feeds you information relating to everything you search for. Cards increase in accuracy the more you search and Google is promising more types of cards being added as time goes on.
Appointments using Google Now
Google Chrome is now stock browser in Jelly Bean, also maps have been given overhaul, taking huge advantage of gyroscope. The look inside feature that has existed for a while in the maps app can now be controlled using gyroscope, so you can peek around a restaurant you might fancy visiting by just moving the tablet around a bit like an augmented reality app. Maps are now available to be stored offline, meaning no more getting lost when you are out of areas of reception.
Apps can now be updated in smarted way. Instead of downloading whole apk file again, only the parts changed will be updated. This feature will be boon for people having restricted data usage and also will quickly update apps. With introduction of encryption key, paid apps are protected using device-specific keys and thus stop piracy and ensure all money goes to developers.
Smart App Updates
Improved Google Plus Application is also available from today onward on Play Store.
Google Jelly Bean will be available from mid July onwards. OTA updates will be provided to Galaxy Nexus phones, Nexus S and Motorola Xooms.
So how did you find Jelly Bean? We loved all the new features about it. Share your views and comments below.