Just announced at Google I/O, Jelly Bean is now a real thing. The latest version of Android, it brings new features like a speedier interface, with a higher system frame rate. This is a whole new architecture rework, which should leave to a much smoother Android experience.
Among speed improvements, Google is adding a revamped home screen, and an improved keyboard. Android 4.1 phones will now have the full speech recognizing system onboard each device, so voice keyboard can be used offline. Sadly, it is only available for US English at this point. Jelly Bean brings 18 new languages as well, to hit broader markets of the world.
Google is looking back at one of its biggest faults with Ice Cream Sandwich, and that was a great camera app. They’re changing that with Jelly Bean, allowing users to see photos instantly after taking them. Other photos taken can be accessed as well, with gesture support to edit and delete photos more easily.
Notifications are getting a revamp as well, with Google adding more features straight to the notifications bar. Most apps can be accessed straight from the notifications, without having to open the native apps. There’s also a new priority system, allowing the top notification more space versus the others. Music can be completely handled from notifications, useful for all those music buffs out there. Notifications can be expanded and collapsed at will, depending one what a user wants to see.
Google is big on search as we all know, and Jelly Bean is putting an emphasis on it. There’s a new interface, along with a new card system that allows quick access to search results. A better voice search is being implemented as well, operating very similar to Siri. It answers simple fact questions on its own, without having to enter the browser.
Google Now is a new feature, giving users access to better transit options, dining advice, travel tips, sports updates, being the ultimate companion app to everyday life. Everything is automated, and is meant to make life easier.
Jelly Bean will be hitting the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola XOOM, and Nexus S. The source will be available in mid-July, and the developer SDK is available now.