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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update confirmed with release date

Under: Mobile Phones, Phone Software
By:Gary | June 27th, 2012

Currently there are many Android smartphones that are still waiting for the upgrade to the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, but as expected Google has announced the next version, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and we also have a release date for the new OS.

The Google I/O event begun earlier today and we have already told you that the Google Nexus 7 Tablet has been confirmed with a release date and pricing, and as TechCrunch are reporting the next version of the Android operating system was also announced along with some new features and a release date.

The first addition to Jelly Bean is Project Butter that is aimed to make the experience “buttery smooth”, and was achieved by upping the OS frame rate to 60 FPS, and developers will also have access to a new tool called systrace in the SDK of Jelly Bean. Text input has also been improved with users no longer needing a solid network connection for voice typing to work.

Google has improved the camera app by allowing users a quicker way to review photos, which now has the ability for users to pinch to enter a film strip view of images. Android Beam has been enhanced with the ability to share video content via NFC along with being able to pair an NFC enabled Bluetooth device by just tapping it.

Notifications have been treated to a refresh with users now having the ability to return calls from within the notifications, and view multiple emails without having to use a separate app. Google has improved the mobile search experience with the UI featuring a Google bar that provides white cards, which display information pulled via the Knowledge Graph. Voice search has been improved and features a Siri sounding female voice.

Another feature Google Now will get information quickly by reviewing the users search history, calendar, and other information to work out what the user wants. Examples were used such as the feature displaying info on sports scores and upcoming games without setting users favourite teams, and this feature looked good in action.

Google also revealed a release date for the new software and the search engine giant will begin pushing out OTA updates in July, and will begin with the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus S. Google has made the SDK available already to developers.

Does this news leave you frustrated if you are still waiting for ICS?

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  • Balkrishnapawar20

    Will samsung provide Android Jelly Bean (4.1) to gallaxy s2 (i9100) in near future.

  • yarrellray

    Still enjoying ice cream sandwhich no doubt. I will be purchasing my Galaxy S3 today and will enjoy it. I will get the new NEXUS come November with jellybean.

  • Srmoss67

    This is good news however I’m still waiting on Sprint to upgrade the Samsung Galaxy SII…

  • Ewisnewski

    Will Jelly Bean upgrade hit the HTC OneX?

    • NB98

      most probably yes cause it has ICS and some nice hardware too

  • http://twitter.com/rachann rachann

    Very frustrated, approx 6 months after the USA got ICS on their Xooms we in the UK are still waiting.  If history repeats itself the USA will get Jelly bean first, in July, as stated and Europe will have to wait another six month while Motorola load it with bloat ware.

  • Deepakchtk

    Samsung is trying to fool its cutomers not even ICS is available in Galaxy Products except GalaxySII then I think no chance for an update to Jelly bean to samsung products in the near future they are only consentrating on new products forgetting  existing galaxy R  and GalaxyS phones shame on Samsung

    • PO

      I am agree with your views

    • Vijay

      Sony is far more better than Samsung in keep updating.

  • Trejo495

    I’m somehow confused now. It’s my understanding that the HTC Thunderbolt will get the update for ICS between July-August. This article states that the Jelly bean will be out via OTA on July. Not sure if I’m getting ICS or Jelly beans.

    • Dambuzbee

       At most you will be getting ICS which is still very nice but Jellybean is awesome. I Have been running Jellybean for a day now and I am in love lmao

      • Trejo495

        Thanks!

  • Epatel22

    When will the Galaxy tab 2 7.0 recieve 4.1?

  • Justin Cooper-Marsh

    and the point of this article is…….

    No mention of the release date, instead links to other articles

  • Jmat_40

    Im still waiting on ICS for my HTC Thunderbolt but I’m not disappointed. I’ve come to fully expect HTC and Verizon to delay and make TBolt users wait for any kind of update. I like the phone a lot but its the phone that both HTC and Verizon would prefer to forget about.

  • Bob

    When will droid 4 get ics? Also when will it get jelly bean?

    • Austin

      Probably not getting JB for a long time.

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