Never one to rest on their laurels, Google has been hard at work on producing a new operating system, which has now been unveiled to the world as, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As you would expect there are loads of new features for both developers and consumers to get their teeth into, but which are the best? Let’s look over the top 5 Jelly Bean features for you to look forward to:
1) Project Butter
Android has had criticism in the past for being a bit “laggy” and unresponsive. Although these complaints have mostly been addressed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean has left no room for even the smallest grievance; this is thanks to the new Project Butter UI. Project Butter runs as smoothly as… well, butter, making the entire operating system more fluent, faster and responsive. This is everything you could ever want from and operating system.
2) Google Search
Voice controlled search is nothing new and Google’s Search was around way before Apple’s Siri came on the scene. To their credit, Apple did up the ante when it came to the Siri and produced an intelligence feature that Google could just not compete with – until now. 4.1 Jelly Bean has been rebuilt from the ground up and the Search, which has always been an integral part of Google, is now a feature to rival Siri in the same as Samsung’s S-Voice has. Jelly Bean can respond to the usual questions such as, “What is the weather like?” and “Which is the largest city in the world?” and provides pictures with answers. Although it perhaps doesn’t have the depth of Siri, Search is still a very intuitive feature and very worthy of the new OS.
3) Improved keyboard
The inclusion of predictive text input has made the keyboard in Jelly Bean a very enjoyable feature indeed. Google’s new OS has been given the ability to think about what you are going to write next before you have even begun to type it, this really improves the texting experience. Of course, this is not new technology and has been available from third party keyboards for a little while, but it is definitely pleasing to see it included by Google. Voice input has also been improved by making it available offline as opposed to being cloud-based. This means no need for a data connection to create a message using voice technology. Google give assurances that more languages than the current U.S English will be made available soon.
4) Expandable and actionable notifications
A regular feature of Google operating systems is being made aware of a notification in the shade bar at the top of the screen. You will generally see an icon and a small piece of information and will need to open the app to see the rest – Jelly Bean has transformed this feature. Jelly Bean expands the alerts to allow users to see more information and has interactions that allow you to respond. From the shade you are able to answer or ignore calls, respond to social network updates and control music.
5) Google Now
Google Now is a new feature to Jelly Bean and one that many people are going to love. This feature can automatically provide you real-time alerts on everything from the latest goings on with your favorite football team to flight arrivals and departures at the airport. You can also receive info on traffic or public transportation delays as well as news of local places. Google Now uses your previous searches to provide you with the information that you need.
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