Google just announced the next version of Android, which it calls Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The company strived to make the Android experience buttery smooth. To enable this, Google has now optimized the system wide frame rate to 60 frames per second and has added VSync for triple buffering for more consistent frame rendering.
Widgets now realign and they automatically resize. Google has even added a new gesture to flick apps off the homescreen.
Google has added a predictive algorithm, which might be similar to the third party SwiftKey keyboard. They added offline Voice typing inside Android 4.1, so that the feature is available to users who don’t have access to a data connection. Keyboard support for 18 other languages including Hindi and Arabic is also added.
Input for blind users has been significantly boosted and Android now supports Braille. The camera app in the OS has been further refined fast review of photographs and users can delete photos by swiping it away to the top.
Now notifications expand automatically as soon as they move to the top added function in notification bar. Call controls have also been integrated in the notifications and now apps also have corresponding thumbnails. Furthermore, users will be able to do a lot more directly from the notifications menu, like check in at FourSquare.
Already Jelly Bean is very impressive update, but Google left the best for the last and revamped the whole Google search experience on Android. To further this, Google has introduced the recently released Knowledge Graph inside search, which will now provide card based results. The Voice search feature now understands natural speech like Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s S-Voice.
Additionally, for getting regular tasks done, Google introduced Google Now, which uses search history, location and calendar to automatically give relevant information. So for instance, if your favorite team is playing Google Now will notify the user as it will know ones favorite team from his/her search history and people will be able to book tickets for flights and trains. People will also get mapping information based on one regular route. This feature is similar to Nokia Drive on Windows Phone 8 as it can redirect the user to a faster route if Google detects traffic.
The Jelly Bean update will be pushed out to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom tablet in mid July.