Mobile and Wireless: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: 10 New Features That Make It the Best Version Yet
Google unveiled Android 4.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system, code-named Jelly Bean, at the annual Google I/O developers' conference. The operating system follows in the path of its predecessors and allows smartphone makers to modify software to best suit their handset designs. Since it's an open-source platform, modifications are easily made and, in many cases, deliver much-needed improvements. Even so, out-of-the-box, Jelly Bean appears to be a winner. From a new way of handling notifications to improved performance, the operating system seems to be one that can do a much better job than its predecessors in competing with Apple's own iOS. In essence, Jelly Bean is Google's answer to iOS 6, an operating system that Apple says will launch this fall. Android customers will be happy to hear, though, that Jelly Bean is launching in mid-July on a host of products. It'll also be rolled out to select Android 4.0-based devices. In other words, Jelly Bean is coming soon. This is a good time for Android fans or prospective users to learn more about some of the key features that make it special. Take a look at the following slides.
It's Fast, Fast, Fast
According to Google, Jelly Bean will provide far more responsiveness than its predecessors. That feature should make the software a bit better to work with and could go a long way in helping Android finally catch up to the "speediness" displayed by Apple's iOS. In the past, Android lagged a bit. Now, that shouldn't be an issue.