Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Complete List of All New Features
Google's brand new version of Android, v4.1 "Jelly Bean," is only available on a select few devices, but the new mobile OS will hit a variety of handhelds and tablets in the coming months. Check out a complete list of the new features in Android Jelly Bean, direct from Google.
By Al Sacco
Google officially unveiled its next-generation Android mobile OS, v4.1 Jelly Bean, in June at its annual I/O developer conference. The brand new software is currently only officially available for two devices, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Google’s brand new Nexus 7 tablet—check out a Nexus 7 hands-on here—but Jelly Bean should make its way to the bulk of new Android devices in the coming months, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S III and Motorola XOOM tablet.
I’ve been using Jelly Bean on both the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 for more than two weeks now, and though the version number appears to be only a small bump up over the previous version, Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” Android Jelly Bean offers a new streamlined interface and tons of valuable new features.
Some of the most notable features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean include a significantly faster, smoother interface that Google developed under the codename “Project Butter;” Android Beam, which lets you instantly share photos and videos via NFC by tapping your device to another compatible device; a new and improved touch keyboard with better predictive capabilities; a new notification system that lets you respond to certain notifications directly from the Android notification tray and without opening up an application; and a unique Google Now feature that “learns” from your regular device behavior and serves up related cards that provide the information you seek before you ask for it.