Google unveiled Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O 2012 yesterday with much hoopla. The fastest and smoothest Android version yet, Jelly Bean offer a ton of new stuff and improves upon the basic already present in the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. The Jelly Bean 4.1 OS will offer new gesture actions, extended VSync timing, triple buffering and an all new Offline Voice assistant.
Android Jelly Bean 4.1 will be arriving on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom somewhere in mid-July. Android is also now getting activated on more than 1 million devices DAILY which will continue to ensure a rise in the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) percentage. The Android 4.1 SDK is available for download now to developers.
- Shorter response time at 16 milliseconds means that all animations run at the very instant you enable them. Faster and more responsive UI than Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Triple Buffering enables complete sync in the functions carried out by the CPU, GPU and the display and ensure minimal lag. It allows for more consistent rendering that makes everything feel smoother, from scrolling to paging and animations.
- Jelly Bean reduces touch latency not only by synchronizing your touch with VSync timing but also by anticipating where your finger will be placed upon screen refresh.
- Jelly Bean focuses on enhanced accessibility and has introduced a whole new set of gestures that the user uses to move through the on-screen elements and navigation buttons.
- A larger set of languages have been added with support for Arabic, Hindi and other Indic languages.
- Expandable Notifications allows users to respond to the notifications right there on the Notification Bar rather than opening the app and inserting your input. You can now filter your notifications as well choosing which ones to show on the bar and which to not. Resizable widgets option has now been upgraded to auto resize the widget incase there is a shortage of space when placing the widget on one of the homescreens.
- Contact Pictures can now be of a higher resolution with support for 720 x 720.