It’s finally official, half the world for Google I/O 2012 expectations have been met and the Californian company has submitted timely at the Moscone Center in San Franscico which will be the next version of Android. Now that we’re calmer, and while half Spain will be watching the semifinals of the European Championship, we are going to collect all what it means 4.1 Android Jelly Bean.
To begin with, and as expected by the version numbering, the improvements are rather deep, without that the interface suffers a big change with respect to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, although all what we have seen has given us the feeling come direct to plug gaps that had left the previous version.
4.1 Android Jelly Bean, a fast and optimized operating system
This was without a doubt the most anticipated improvement, and also the large workhorse of 4.1 Android Jelly Bean. What Google has presented as Butter project it comes to improve speed, stability, and also the experience of using the operating system.
The Mountain View company is very sure of the evolution in this sense, and they have shown it with a video camera slow enables comparing animations between Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, where you could see the clear improvement in softness to show graphic animations.
Android 4.1 will increase automatically, by touching the screen, the working speed of the processor, making the system moves much more fluid. This will entail, however, a likely higher energy consumption for our battered batteries.
Few changes in the interface, many more features
It was hoped that the Jelly Bean interface be maintained virtually identical, as it has finally happened. Graphically the system will move much more quickly and fluidly, with better use of hardware resources, Although more purely cosmetic changes will see them in the Google Search bar and in the shade of notifications.
Now the system of notifications is smarter and allows many more functions. You can extend information Gesturally or interact with certain applications from own notification shade, even make calls or control certain settings.
In addition, it has been greater integration for what was already the darling of Android, and is that your notification system is envied by most operating systems. As changes in this aspect is well deserved one larger study, you can read our article on improvements to notifications.
Another important improvement will be the treatment of widgets and shortcuts from the desktop, and is that from now on widgets may move and position themselves in a much more intuitive and natural way. Widgets are resized alone to size available, and shortcuts are repositioned if necessary.
Has also put much attention on improving the accessibility of our device, and a new keyboard with more intelligent prediction It will give faith of it. In addition, you will have new languages and we will have combinations of touch gestures for visually impaired.
As if this wasn’t enough, speech synthesis will also function in mode “ off – line & #8221;, i.e., we can talk to the phone although we do not have a network connection to write a text.
Further improvements have come to the camera, allowing now to see Gallery by dragging to the right, and being able to recover photos in a very simple way in case of delete them without wanting to. Camera/Gallery integration is second to none.
Another service that will receive a boost will be Android Beam, now allowing them to share images or synchronize Bluetooth.
In addition, most applications of Google are updated after Google I/O, with improvements such as Google + events, maps “ offline ” and 3D Maps and Google Earth or the arrival of Chrome in the final version as a native browser from the new version 4.1 Android.
Google Search reinvents is
If something should Google your success is to search, and as expected the change in Google Search is not only aesthetic. We’re not going to see a very big evolution that close searches to Siri, although the road marked looks very good.
Now searches may use Knowledge Graph, both via keyboard as by voice, and although the application does not work completely as an Assistant, if Displays effective answers to almost any question.
The great evolution in this aspect is, however, Google Now, a system that will be used for, according to our tastes, predict the searches that may most interest us.
In this sense, we will see companies or stores, traffic, travels, flights, and it will even show us results of sporting events. In addition, information will interact among themselves so that we can better leverage our time.
Availability and conclusions
4.1 Android Jelly Bean fails to bring about any radical change, nor will not grow the chances of Android with large screens or as a multimedia system. However, all enhancements are focused towards the mature yet more base as effective as Ice Cream Sandwich, that was so far the best version of Android that had been.
Apparent gaps in previous versions, has been improved with better performance and speed, and a better use of the resources of hardware that seemed to grow disproportionately with respect to the software.
The rest of improvements come to facilitate directly or indirectly the user experience, and that Android is finally an operating system of reference for mobile devices.
The SDK the new version of Android will be available from today, and also will be available to manufacturers and developers a PDK to facilitate the integration of operating with different types of hardware system.
The first devices you will see get 4.1 Android Jelly Bean will be Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus S and the tablet Motorola Xoom, which you will receive your update in the middle of the next month. Others, as always, they will need to wait for will be update slowly, so to go opening mouth, can take a look at Easter Egg that Google has included in Jelly Bean.