Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is set to debut soon, and it’s going to come with a number of key advantages. What makes Jelly bean so special? Here are a few of its most important features:
Project Butter: Google likes using food to describe operating system features. A new feature called Project Butter is supposed to make the Android OS look more attractive than ever. Butter will do this by integrating anti flicker Vsynch technology as well as triple buffering support in order to optimize OpenGL. Butter will also optimize the ability of System on Chip to each phone.
Google Now: Google Now is a location-based app that will integrate data from other parts of your phone or tablet. Google Now will work with your search history, your calendar, and your location. One example suggested at Google’s I/O event was getting to a scheduled meeting: let’s say you have a meeting at noon. At 11am, your tablet will remind you of the meeting and inform you of the estimated travel time to that location. It will also bring up bus schedules and other relevant information. If it actually works as promised, Google Now could be very cool.
Better audio playback: Interestingly enough, Jelly Bean will also come with enhanced audio playback. Audio will be transmitted via a new software mixer which features lower latency and other performance enhancements. Users will also have the ability to plug in USB audio devices, stream multichannel audio (via HDMI, for example), and access recording features.
Smart Sound: Android’s voice recognition ability has always left something to be desired. Look for Android 4.1 to improve the operating system’s voice recognition, allowing users to search the web with Smart Sound.
Widgets match screen resolution: An annoying problem with existing Android operating systems was the fact that widgets didn’t always match the screen resolution. Fortunately, Android 4.1 will make widgets more intelligent, which means they will automatically be able to detect and match to any screen resolution.
You can also be sure to expect the standard operating system upgrade features, like faster performance, fewer bugs, and smoother response times. Look for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to start reaching tablets later this month (July of 2012).