Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now official!
Even though it had been rumored for months and unofficially confirmed with the arrival on the Jelly Bean statue on the Google campus, Google officially announced Android 4.1, dubbed Jelly Bean. Here are some of the new features built into Jelly Bean:
- Redesigned architecture which allows for higher frame rate and smoother interface.
- Full on-board speech recognition so the voice keyboard can be used offline (U.S. English only currently).
- Support for 18 additional languages added.
- New camera app that allows instant review once a photo is taken.
- Improved Notification system. Apps can now be accessed from the Notification bar and the top notification is allowed more space. Music can be accessed and controlled via the Notification bar.
- New search interface with card system, allowing quick access to your search results.
- Improved voice search with functions similar to Apple’s Siri.
- Introduction of Google Now which provides access to transit routes, sports updates, and dining advice. It is designed to be the all-around app for everyday life.
Google announced that the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola XOOM and Nexus S will be the first existing devices receive the Android 4.1 update. The developer SDK is available now and the source code will release mid-July.