Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Revealed At Google I/O: Google Unveils Android 4.1: All new features of Jelly bean here, strong reply at Apple’s iOS6

Google I/O just got started at Moscone West in San Francisco. May be they had all their event list in mind and the revealing of Android 4.1 was not too far away. Google’s Hugo Barra just got to the point and revealed Android’s latest version 4.1 called the Jelly Bean.

As the rumors said that the version would be 5.0 and not 4.1, Google just confirmed that it is 4.1. So its official now that Android 4.1 is Jelly bean.

New features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean:

1) Project Butter:
Jelly Bean experience will be “buttery smooth.” The Android team did so by bumping up Jelly Bean’s framerate to 60 FPS, and implemented vsync and triple buffering to tighten up the experience. Developers also have access to a new tool called systrace in the Jelly Bean SDK that displays what the rendering engine is up to.

2) Text input, voice typing:
Without any network connection at all, this feature can work, as the speech interpretor lives directly on the device. The predictive keyboard is also able to guess at which word you intend to type out next. Only U.S. English will be supported for now. Arabic and Hebrew support has been improved as well, and they’re looking to add 18 new input languages. For example it can support any app having a a space to write including online apps like gmail etc.

3) Accessibility
The newly-added Gesture Mode allows blind users to navigate their devices with gestures, and support for external braille devices has been added as well.

4) Lighting fast Camera app
Android users have already experienced a better and fast camera app in ICS and this time its much faster according to the source. This time not only camera and shooting but also picture viewing after shoots is fast. Users can pinch to enter a film strip view for faster perusal.

5) Improved Search experience
Searching from the Google bar brings up white cards kinda things that display information culled using the Knowledge Graph. The voice search is improved and yes every feature regarding voice will compete with SIRI, and it seems awfully Siri type in how it can display and read out search results with a very natural sounding female voice. You can Swipe away those response “cards” and get regular search results.

6) Google Now, a SIRI competitor
The most interesting and expected part of this year’s Google I/O would be the Siri competitor. After heated situations in which Apple ditched Google maps for their iOS6 this is the reply by Google.
Automatically just by looking at your search history, your calendar it can figure out what you might want. Examples include Google Now displaying information about sports scores and upcoming games without the need for setting your favorite teams — your search history has already done that. Users bring up Google Now by tapping on the search box or by swiping up form the bottom of the screen. This is an epic stuff from Google and will definitely be a hit.

7) Notification center
Notification center in Jelly Bean makes life easy. Users can return phone calls from within the notifications shade, as well as view multiple emails without having to jump into a separate app. Apps can also tap into the notification shade, and they can be expanded by dragging down with two fingers.

8 ) Android Beam, NFC
Its much more easy to pair now with improved concepts for smartphones having NFC.

This was certainly a reply at Apple. Compare Apple’s new updates with Android Jelly Bean here

We also have a few questions here. If Google Now can bring up stuffs just by looking at our web history etc, is’nt it creepy that the privacy is just taken away? There should be an option to prevent Google Now from looking at it. Will it be a hit? We have to wait and see.

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