Mobile and Wireless: Android Jelly Bean: Which Smartphones, Tablets Will Get the Upgrade First?
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, has yet to find its way to the majority of Android smartphones, but at its I/O developer conference June 27, Google introduced Jelly Bean. The 4.1 version, Google says, is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet, improving on the "simplicity and beauty" of ICS and bringing a new search experience. In Jelly Bean, widgets are resizable, unwanted photos can be deleted with a quick swipe, and the keyboard has been made more accurate and more relevant, with improved text-to-speech capabilities and better guesses for the next word to be typed. Search results have also become lovelier, with relevant information collected together on a stylized card. However, the biggest question for smartphone and tablet users is when will the Jelly Bean update be available? At the I/O show, Google introduced the Nexus 7, its answer to the Apple iPad. The Nexus 7 will be the only device to ship with Jelly Bean preinstalled; other devices will receive updates through their carriers. The Nexus 7 will ship in mid- to late July, and other devices will receive the update shortly after the tablet goes on sale. Here, eWEEK looks at the devices that Google has confirmed will receive the Jelly Bean update, and our best guesses about which ones it wouldn't dare leave out.
Google Nexus 7
Google calls the Nexus 7 a "no-compromise Android tablet," and has given it a price that should have competitors shaking: An 8GB model is $199, and a 16GB model $249. The entertainment-geared Nexus 7 "was built for Google Play," and to prove it, for a limited time, Google is offering buyers a $25 credit to spend in the Play store.