The new version of Google’s Android operating system is called Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s faster, has a cleaner home screen, a new camera app, much better notifications, and what could be a killer app: Google Now. This is what’s new in Jelly Bean:
helps you depending on where you are located
It gives your Android phone complete awareness of your whereabouts and keeps you updated about any information you may need at any point during the day, depending on your location. It seems quite smart.The cards are clearly designed, with a good layout, images and typography.
The apps update faster
When an app needs updating, it will not download the whole app. It will only download the parts of the app package that have changed.
faster than ever
The refresh rate is much higher than the previous version of the Android operating system, with a much better response time to your touch. Apparently, Google claims that their new software video architecture can save battery too by predicting where you are going to click next.
makes your home screen look better
It looks the same but it now helps the user to keep things organized. Now you can resize your widgets or move them around and everything on the screen will flow accordingly, keeping it all in order. In a way, the reordering is similar to Microsoft’s Metro resizing on Windows Phone 8, without the tiling.
you can type with your voice even while you are offline
There is a new offline voice typing engine, which will allow you to dictate text without the need of a connection to the internet. It will be launched only for US English at the beginning, but other languages will follow.
It will be available in mid-July, with an over the air update for Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, and Nexus S.
The Firefox Mobile OS is on its way. With a touch of iOS and Android, along with the Symbian-esque icons, the pictures aren’t all that telling. Of course, there’s likely a lot more under the hood of the OS and this might just be the surface. Still, to truly compete with iOS and Android, Firefox OS, along with any other upcoming mobile operating system, a killer feature needs to be in place. While Mozilla could bring a killer browsing experience to its OS – better than the experience if offers on competing platforms, Google has that covered. Apple has everything else covered, pretty much.