The next iteration of Google’s Android platform has been revealed – Android Jelly Bean 4.1.
Google presented the new OS at its Google I/O keynote event. Key features for Jelly Bean include:
Google Now: It makes Android contextual to the user’s likes and location. It gives apps broader access to native features in the phone so, for example, a calendar could know not just the user’s appointments but also hook into weather, traffic feeds, user location etc to give more relevant information.
Project Butter – this has been introduced to improve Android performance and response times. It lets CPU and graphics run in parallel, which means there’s a big improvement on speed so that the interface can now run at 60fps.
Home screen – it’s been tweaked slightly to add somenew features like the ability to easily resize widgets. Both apps and widgets can now be removed by swiping them off the screen.
Offline voice input – users can now dictate messages when phones are in airplane mode.
Camera app – it’s been improved to better integrate the gallery, so users can now access it by swiping left.
Images and video – these can now be shared via Google Beam.
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