With the release of the the Galaxy Nexus’ Android update to version 4.1.1, the era of the Jelly Bean has officially begun.
The new version of Google’s mobile operating system, filed late last month, is finally ready to conquer the world.
Although this paper is a sort of a “minor update”, the Jelly Bean actually introduces several innovations to improve the experience of everyday use: the thought goes to Project Butter and Google Now. The first is a new system of performance optimization of CPU and GPU, which allows the interface to move at 60fps, bringing the fluidity at the highest levels.
Google Now, however, is a sort of voice-prompted user that provides a whole range of useful information: from traffic to weather conditions, from sports scores to the location of its events, places to visit or places to eat, as well as the state of flights.
Among the other news of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is to find a better notification system, a more effective voice dictation service (even offline), and some graphical editing ( here’s the full changelog ).
Waiting to find out what will be the first commercially available smartphone to receive the official update to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, we leave you with a hands-on video of the latest release of Google’s mobile OS. Enjoy it.
Samsung has recently announced that it will communicate as soon as possible to the Galaxy series terminals to upgrade to Jelly Bean, in addition to the brand new Galaxy S III, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. It is these terminals that will definitely upgradeable to Jelly Bean.
The answer is decidedly uncertain, and on the network, begins to circulate the first hypothesis that terrorized a good part of the users of the Samsung Galaxy S II. They have begun to circulate on the network the first hypothesis that the selling terminal is “top class” of 2011 and Samung is excluded from this “minor” update. The assumptions are quite absurd: it would require a quad-core processor, a display with a resolution of at least 1280 × 8720 and fewer than 2 GB of RAM.
The reasons are absolutely incredible if we think that the Nexus S uses a single core 1 ghz processor, 512 MB of RAM and a display of 800 × 480, with exactly the same resolution of the Galaxy S II. The S II hardware is slightly less than that given equipped with a dual core processor with 1.2 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. Why is then this terminal should not be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean?
The reasons could be many and are of a more commercial example is the launch of a Galaxy S III plus with a RAM of 2 GB. Google has pushed just to have a good performance with “Project Butter” and Samsung for the new Touchwiz, which will require 2 GB of RAM. It is very improbable and incredible, even at the conceptual level.
Somehow, you can still use and install Android Jelly Bean on Galaxy S II through special ROM (a port has already been carried out starting from the firmware for the Galaxy Nexus), but not all users are able to install various custom firmware. Personally, a Galaxy S II owner would remain quite disappointed to be excluded by the update to Android 4.1, as we are faced with a smaller update that does not require large and particular specifications, and especially before the 18 months to support hardware and software to be guaranteed by Google and Samsung.
As expected, Samsung in the past few hours has appealed the preliminary injunction which covered the block sales of the Galaxy Nexus in USA. The move of the Korean company is more obvious that, after the entire market of branded Nexus smartphone, it began to tremble.
The request from Samsung is based on the fact that Apple can not demonstrate that they have lost considerable market share because of the Galaxy Nexus, despite the court alleging that the Galaxy Nexus violated 604 patents. The Korean company relies on the impossibility Apple to show losses due to the Nexus series smartphones.
Samsung also claims that Apple has not demonstrated and can not demonstrate how the loss of market share is linked to a single function in the aforementioned 604 patent, and referred to “Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system”.
The endless war between Samsung and Apple continues and seems to continue.
In the Google I/O 2012, the new Android version has been announced and it is officially named as the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This new version is not a major upgrade compared to the transition from Android 2.3 to Android 4.0 but rather the Android 4.1 is just a refinement of the awesome Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with much integrated Google services.
The Jelly Bean user interface is much improved. It is fast, fluid and smooth, due to the triple buffering in the graphics pipleline. In the demo from Google I/O, the Galaxy Nexus running on Jelly Bean has a higher frame rate compared to the same machine with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google Now is a new integrated system. It makes Android device a lot smarter. It can detect traffic when you live home and can suggest alternate routes. If you happen to be a in certain place Google Now will suggest any good restaurants and their best recipes. This is great improvement to the Google Places that we knew. Google Now also also offers real-time sport score updates. This will be make third-party sport apps obsolete.
Android Jelly Bean also features “Offline Voice Typing”. With this, you no longer connected to the cloud because the A.I is already on your device, unlike Siri and other voice assistant. It is available in 18 major languages including Arabic, Hebrew and Persian.
Notification is one of the most vital feature of a Smartphone and Android Jelly Bean did some great improvements on this part. The Gmail Notification now includes unread email preview better to be updated on our emails. Google+ is also integrated to the system as you can now +1 or share photos from Google+ with out entering the Google+ App. It also offers encryption to the apps when you download it from Play Store, according to the Verge is a way to combat Android app piracy.