Android 4.1 Officially Announced with Plenty of New Features
As of today, the next version of Android has been officially announced. Android 4.1 Jellybean, will be the next version of Android, and will begin rolling out in mid-July. Jellybean brings with it, a plethora of upgrades and new features. Some of the more significant features are:
- Reduced Touch Latency – Making the OS more responsive to touch.
- Expandable Notifications – By pinching a notification, users can now expand a notification, seeing more information. For example, if a user receives a picture message, they can now pinch the notification, and see a preview image of the picture all from the notification panel.
- Automatically Resizing Widgets – Instead of having to make sure a widget fits on your home screen, the widget will automatically resize itself to fit around what’s already on your home screen.
- Improved Android Beam Functionality – Android Beam can now be used to transfer pictures, music, movies, and more. When an Android Beam transfer is initiated, the transfer is handed off from NFC to bluetooth.
- Better Performance - Faster and smoother running OS. 60fps everywhere in the OS, resulting in a buttery smooth experience.
- New Camera App Features - New filmstrip view allows for gallery-like picture viewing from within the camera app, with the ability to swipe away to delete.
- Improved Keyboard - Improved word completion and prediction.
- Offline Voice Dictation - Users no longer are required to have a data connection to use voice dictation.
- Voice Search - Picks up where Voice Actions left off. Provides a more “personal assistant”-like voice control experience.
Google’s upcoming Nexus 7 tablet will be the first device to run Android 4.1, while the Galaxy Nexus will be the first smartphone upgraded to the new Android version.