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At the Google I/O conference going on in San Francisco, Google has announced the Android 4.1 Jellybean operating system. This is the successor to the Android 4.0 ICS and is the latest one. It adds enhancements to voice typing, notifications and search of Android ICS.
Google will start rolling out the Jellybean update over the air to selected devices like the Galaxy Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Nexus smartphones. The company will also release the Jellybean platform to open source around that time.
The Android 4.1 Jellybean platform has a new feature known as Google Now. This will get the right information at the right time. It will tell you the weather, traffic related details and the score of your favorite team that is playing.
In the previous version, ICS, users has to be online to start a voice based search. Astonishingly, Jellybean offers offline support for the voice search. This lets the users to type messages and carry on with the search by simply talking to the handset.
The Jellybean platform also lets the users to exchange data, photos and videos through NFC. The Google Nexus 7 tablet that was unveiled at the Google I/O event yesterday is preloaded with the Android 4.1 Jellybean operating system.
As we have mentioned above, the Galaxy Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Nexus smartphones will receive over the air updates for the Jellybean platform in mid July. Hopefully, Google adds some more devices to this list so that many users can avail the operating system update.