Jelly Bean, what's new?


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  1. Wilkas

    Wilkas Well-Known Member

    Features galore in Google's Jelly Bean - CNET News - YouTube

    So Google pulled the wrapper off of its new flavor of Android, version 4.1 Jelly Bean, at its Google I/O 2012 conference. It sure looks sweet but the question is how useful will it really be?

    Faster performance
    According to Google, Jelly Bean is built to harness the power of mobile processors better, as the company puts it, "improve CPU utilization". That makes sense since today's CPUs more often then not are dual-core chips with quad-core CPUs right around the corner--at least in the U.S. anyways. As part of the I/O 2012 demo, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) has pitted against the same model phone using Jelly Bean.

    Google crowed about how much smoother the Jelly Bean device scrolled through menu screens and rendered animations, calling the improved speed and slicker graphics silky and smooth. In fact it's all called Project Butter. I for one welcome any way to make Android run, well, buttery smooth since that's a criticism Apple fans hurl my direction often. Google also said that Jelly Bean devices will also enhance battery life performance which I'm always buts a smile on my face.

    Resizable widgets
    Taking a page perhaps from some its hardware partners, most notably Samsung and its Live Panel within TouchWiz, Jelly Bean will also feature widgets that you can control the size of yourself. Widgets will also alter their size to fit around other widgets already placed on your phone's home screen. This is a feature I'd be happy to have since one of the most frustrating notifications to receive in Android is that there's no more room on an given screen to drop your widget down upon.

    Easier photo sharing
    Ice Cream Sandwich brought new camera abilities to Android phones such as burst mode and snapping pics while shooting video which handset makers such as Samsung and HTC have certainly exploited. Now with Jelly Bean, Google will add a Filmstrip view for faster photo navigation. You can also crop photos for sharing, and swipe away images you can't stand with a quick finger motion to delete. It sounds good to me since I'd much rather perform minor edits on my phone than have to muck around with images on a full laptop system.

    Better predictive keyboard
    First let me say I actually like the stock Android keyboard, ever since Gingerbread. I've always appreciated how word suggestions are placed on top of the virtual keys and aren't forced on me through an auto correct function. Google says though that it's made improvements to Jelly Bean's internal dictionary in an effort to be provide more accurate word completion options.

    Voice typing
    Here's one of Jelly Bean's slickest improvements, something Google calls Voice Typing. Essentially you'll be able to dictate whole paragraphs to your Jelly Bean phone and it will dutifully jot down what you say, even punctuation marks. Now that's a smartphone skill that could really come in handy--if it works as advertised. Even better, Jelly Bean will place the tools needed to perform Voice Typing locally so you'll be able to dictate offline and without a network connection.

    Voice search
    With Voice Search it's clear Google is gunning for Apple's Siri in a big way. Google has had what it called Voice Actions for years but Voice Search looks to be much more robust. While Voice Actions will launch some apps and initiate texts, emails, and Web searches, Voice Search seems to be made to behave like a personal assistant, providing complete results in one central location.

    Wow all looks good, really looking forward to this... hope HTC work on getting this to the One X as soon as possible.

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  2. Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime Oil Can!!! Oil Can!!! VIP Member

    Sounds really great and a welcome improvement to android devices getting it.
  3. xmr405o

    xmr405o Well-Known Member

    I welcome the improvements but nothing too exciting from ICS, IMO. It's more like when Google moved from froyo to gingerbread. I'm glad they didn't label this OS 5.0. 4.1 is a better description, I think.
  4. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    That's exactly why its an incremental update rather than Android 5.0 or even 4.5. Google never said it would be 5.0 that was the internets rumor mill.

    It's a "polished" ICS if you will

    Project butter is going to be amazing.
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  5. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    +2, butter is the interesting one from what I've read.

    Just wish the GSM GNex had an adequate amount of storage. Guess I'll wait a little longer for my upgrade ;)
  6. Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime Oil Can!!! Oil Can!!! VIP Member

    Shouldn't be too long should it? Butter sounds very interesting and tasty. :p
  7. Tman5293

    Tman5293 Well-Known Member

    All of the new features look fantastic! Does anyone know when Jelly Bean will start being deployed to the manufactures and then onto consumer devices?
  8. xmr405o

    xmr405o Well-Known Member

    Don't get me wrong, I love me some butter. haha. But I'm not overly excited about JellyBean. Out of 10, I'd give JB a 7 out 10 on the excitement meter for me. In comparison, ICS was a 10 out of 10 for me. 7 is pretty good still, right? :p:D
  9. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy VIP Member

    I was hoping to see more of the Google Gestures that were rumored to be coming. But Project Butter is a well welcomed feature. More performance and more battery, simultaneously, is always a good thing.
  10. Wilkas

    Wilkas Well-Known Member

    As it's launching in July I'd imagine they already have it and are beavering away... hoping for some kind of statement from HTC soon
  11. wdxie80

    wdxie80 New Member

    Can't wait to try it in person. Sounds like good tweaks are being made to enhance the overall experience.

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