Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Unveiled, Coming To Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S And Motorola Xoom Mid-July


27.06.2012

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Unveiled, Coming To Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S And Motorola Xoom Mid-July

On  the stage of Google I/O event in San Francisco, Hugo Barra announced today the latest version of the operating system developed by the Mountain View-based company. Andrid 4.1 Jelly Bean is an important update in terms of system speed and features compared to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Along side their first in-house tablet, Google unveiled today Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Even though the version number suggests that it’s only a minor update, the truth is that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users will be drooling to have it on their devices. Why?

Unlike iOS, which uses the CPU to raster the graphics via Quartz 2D and the GPU for composition degravation in a high-priority, separate process, Android had some issues caused by the exclusive software processing using a Skia equivalent until version 3.0. The next steps, even though they solved many of the performance issues and made Skia an efficient product, similar to Quartz 2D, it still has some flows in terms of graphics acceleration hardware to process level, rather than global, because the chain of bad graphics operations and the fight between the graphics sub-system priorities with the rest of the code.

Google says that all these issues have been solved in the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with its new Project Butter, a massive rebuilding of the graphic sub-system of Android 4.1. According to Google, the degravation processes on CPU and GPU will not be faulty from now one, the graphic acceleration will use triple-buffering, and the number of frames per second of the graphic data flux will be set to 60, which promises, at least in theory, more fluent animation, transitions and scrolling. Let’s hope it will work as good as it sounds.

The notifications have also received an interesting upgrade, now allowing notification grouping depending on app, messages that can be expanded or minimized for temporary extra content display and a new set of APIs for developers.

The classic android web browser has been axed and replaced with Google Chrome for Android, which will come with improved performance, making Android 4.1 Jelly Bean the third mobile operating system – after iOS and Windows Phone – that doesn’t give a rat’s butt about Adobe Flash.

An interesting novelty specific to the new Google mobile platform is that it allows the developers to offer incremented app updates, which is extremely useful when it comes to fixing bugs in apps that have 50+ MB.

Besides all these Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with support for offline Voice-to-text, an improved keyboard, a new interface for the camera app, widgets that automatically fit to the screen depending on the room available. The new version of world’s most popular operating system also comes with improved file sharing and audio equipment synchronization via Android Beam, Simple Service Discovery Protocol and audio USB with multi-channel support and native AAC 5.1 playback.

In Android 4.1 the pictures linked with the contacts can be up to 720 x 720 pixels, Google Search received additional contextual graphic content and it brings Google New, an aggregator for useful Google info gathered from all the services you use.

Just like the Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 will be available in mid-July, and Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom will be the first terminals to receive the update.

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