Earlier this year, speculation┬áraised that the next version of Android would be dubbed “Jelly Bean”. Obviously not, because during Google IO Conference 2012 it was officially revealed that Android 4.1 would be the version that we would see as Google’s mobile OS this Q3 2012. Which has been classified simply as an update and not a revolution as it was with Ice Cream Sandwich six months ago.

For the presentation led by Dave Burke, Director of Engineering for Android, it was revealed that Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” would become the next major update Android would receive in mid-July, with the main feature being what they called Project Butter, to optimize the CPU usage and to improve the response time resulting in a more fluid interface at 60FPS. Further improvements were made in the UI, improvements to the camera app, a notification system and improved search functions.

As additional improvements they have included a feature called Offline Voice Typing, by which one can use voice dictation without requiring internet connection. Google Now has also been implemented as a service to use as our preference information, calendar, among others, and help us in our daily lives.

Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” will be available in mid-July in the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S.


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