Android creator Google unveiled the much anticipated Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet at the I/O Conference 2012 at the end of June. At the same event, the Mountain View company also announced the latest version of its operating system - Android 4.1, nicknamed Jelly Bean. Google claimed that the new OS will be faster and more fluid than the previous OS version, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Further, the company informed that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be distributed as an over-the-air update from mid-July and the new OS will come pre-installed in the Nexus 7 tablet. The firm started shipping the devices to the customers who had pre-ordered it and analysts suggest that Nexus 7 is a great treat for the Android fanboys accompanied with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform and out-of-the-box specs.
Below is a video which demonstrates various new features implemented in the Android Jelly Bean OS enthrusted in the Nexus 7 tablet. The list includes, secure Face Unlock, which lets users to use blinking as a security option and also Google Now that automatically provides you with the information that needed.
Among the several new features in the new OS, here are the top five features which can be drooled upon:
Project Butter is Google's attempt to make the entire UI "fast, fluid and smooth." It includes triple buffering in the graphics pipeline, to ensure consistent frame rates with interface animations. This new feature makes the functionality of the tablet smoother and faster than the previous OS, specially during transitioning between apps and in terms of navigation.
No one can play the blame game with Android, claiming it is sluggish. Project Butter makes the user interface pretty smooth and fast. ?? Not clear!
Better Widgets and Notifications
In the past it was a trouble to move widgets to a crowded home-screen, but in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the OS will automatically move other widgets to a free home-screen or re-size the current widgets to fit in the widgets.
Icons will rearrange themselves around the widget and if a user wants to delete a widget, then they can simply swipe it up and away. On the other end, the notifications tray has also been updated, now giving the ability to jump straight into an app directly. For example, if the user sees a notification of a missed call, they can now call-back from inside the Notification pull-down menu.
Offline Voice Typing
In the previous iterations of the Google OS, users has to connect to the cloud to use the Voice Typing feature. Now, with the roll out of Jelly Bean, users can Voice Type their messages while they are offline.
Basically, this feature shows how users would be able to dictate their message or text even without Internet connection and the text would automatically appear on the screen. So far, it only supports the English language but it would soon be available in other languages.
This is one of the interesting feature highlighted in the video. With this feature, the OS allows the users to share photos by tapping two devices together, using NFC technology. The current version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich has limited ability to share data through NFC. Hence, it was not that successful among users. However, the Android 4.1, Android Beam makes it easier to share images, videos and other payloads.
The next new spectacular feature in Jelly Bean is Google Now. When activated, this feature will deliver the users right information at the right time automatically.
For example, if the user says, "traffic," it will look at the user's usual commute to work and show the alternative routes if there is a lot of traffic. It will also give updates on the scores of the user's favorite sports teams automatically, and provide information on the status of flights, if traveling.
Voice Search is Google's direct rival to Apple Siri. This voice recognition feature can launch selected apps and initiate web searches, emails and text messages.