Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) announced

It's not exactly a shock to learn that Google has officially revealed the next major update for its Android mobile operating system at its Google I/O developer conference. During the event's keynote speech today, Google reps revealed some of the new features for Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean. It will be made available as an over-the-air update for Motorola's Xoom tablet and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones, in mid-July.

Here are just some of the highlights of the Jelly Bean reveal during the keynote:

  • Google revealed what it calls "Project Butter" which is designed to offer Android 4.1 users a better experience in terms of performance. It will tie in a device's CPU and graphics processor so that they run in parallel. On some devices, Android 4.1 should run at 60 frames per second.
  • Android 4.1 has a number of improvements to its camera app. Users can immediately see a photo they have just taken by just swiping to the left on the touch screen. Deleting a picture takes just a swipe up for an individual photo and you can restore it by hitting the undo button.
  • Android 4.1 will now show search "cards" when a person uses that feature to display important information. It also will use cards for its improved voice search feature, which will display specific information about a question such as, "What is the definition of a robot."
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Nashy said,
There had better be more than that Google. What a ****weak excuse for an update.

See above. IMO it's a quite nice release.

So, 9 months for a company with net profits of over $10bln and just and ability to see just taken photo, search cards and some phantom performance on some devices...?

All that could have been done in a week!

coth said,
So, 9 months for a company with net profits of over $10bln and just and ability to see just taken photo, search cards and some phantom performance on some devices...?

All that could have been done in a week!

Incremental updates (Small App Updates).
App encryption.
Expandable notifications.
Automatic content fitting on the home screen.
Bidirectional text on textview and textedit.
Vsync timing for apps.
Android Beam.
Multichannel audio.
Cloud messaging.
Media router.
Network bandwidth management API.
Wifi-Network and Wifi-Direct service discovery.
Custom user-installable keymaps.
Gesture modes API.
Google Now.
Offline voice typing.
Improved voice recognition.

It looks like a nice bunch of new features and enhancements for a 0.1 update.

metro2012 said,

if they choose to stay (in what is my opinion) inferior products let them

Their jealous because NONE of their devices are updatable to WP8

Richteralan said,
I see WP promoters are out in full force.

Don't worry, they are just upset they can't hit the double digits in market share.

Richteralan said,
I see WP promoters are out in full force.

well it is the fact that WP is faster, smoother and more reliable, better than any android version, and it is also facts that android even this latest version COPY a lot from WP7.

sinis said,

well it is the fact that WP is faster, smoother and more reliable, better than any android version, and it is also facts that android even this latest version COPY a lot from P7.

Like? I can only see in the camera app. But that kind of minor thing I wonder who really cares...

And WP7 been smoother does not means it is better than Android?... So what if it is smooth? Not like Android is too lag to be used?

tanjiajun_34 said,
Like? I can only see in the camera app. But that kind of minor thing I wonder who really cares...

And WP7 been smoother does not means it is better than Android?... So what if it is smooth? Not like Android is too lag to be used?

Except Microsoft has a patent on the camera interface so they could potentially sue over it.

WP7 being smoother does show that it's better than Android, why, because according to you Android Fanboys all Windows Phones use outdated hardware yet they still run smoother than Android!!!!

Not being a Fanboy, just stating facts considering I use a Galaxy Nexus as well as an HD7.

neo158 said,
WP7 being smoother does show that it's better than Android, why, because according to you Android Fanboys all Windows Phones use outdated hardware yet they still run smoother than Android!!!!

Not being a Fanboy, just stating facts considering I use a Galaxy Nexus as well as an HD7.

No, no that does not make it better. You fail to realize "better" applies to a LOT of things. Android is better at multitasking (you can actually receive turn-by-turn in the background, something WP is just NOW getting in WP8), etc...

You're not stating "facts" when "better" is an opinion. Open your eyes. WP may be better for you, but that certainly means nothing when it comes to everyone else.

andrewbares said,

No, no that does not make it better. You fail to realize "better" applies to a LOT of things. Android is better at multitasking (you can actually receive turn-by-turn in the background, something WP is just NOW getting in WP8), etc...

You're not stating "facts" when "better" is an opinion. Open your eyes. WP may be better for you, but that certainly means nothing when it comes to everyone else.

Ah ok... you're saying that android, after 25/26 versions, is a little better than WP.

sinis said,

well it is the fact that WP is faster, smoother and more reliable, better than any android version, and it is also facts that android even this latest version COPY a lot from WP7.

For a moment there I thought you say WP7 is the best thing since sliced bread and butter..

andrewbares said,

No, no that does not make it better. You fail to realize "better" applies to a LOT of things. Android is better at multitasking (you can actually receive turn-by-turn in the background, something WP is just NOW getting in WP8), etc...

You're not stating "facts" when "better" is an opinion. Open your eyes. WP may be better for you, but that certainly means nothing when it comes to everyone else.

You need to open your eyes and read the last line of my post, l said that I own a Galaxy Nexus, yes a phone running Android, AND an HD7. So, yes I am stating facts!!!!

From a features perspective, yes, Android is better. From a performance perspective, Windows Phone is better. That's not opinion, that's fact!!!

Edited by neo158, Jun 29 2012, 6:44pm :

DrakeN2k said,
Chance of the SGS2 getting this update?

Definitely unofficially (Custom ROMs) and very likely from Samsung also. The SGS2 has plenty of power even compared to new devices so there's no reason why no to.

Ci7 said,
i wander if we would ever get it for Galaxy S2

CM10 perhaps?


Can we maybe learn to punctuate and spell properly around here?
"I wonder if we'll ever get it for the Galaxy S2"

-=MagMan=- said,

Can we maybe learn to punctuate and spell properly around here?
"I wonder if we'll ever get it for the Galaxy S2"

no need to be a grammer NAZI

-,-

Ci7 said,
i wander if we would ever get it for Galaxy S2

CM10 perhaps?

CM9.1.. SDK 4.1 is out now..
ro.build.display.id=sdk-eng 4.1 JRN83C 391408 test-keys
ro.build.version.incremental=391408
ro.build.version.sdk=16
ro.build.version.codename=REL
ro.build.version.release=4.1
ro.build.date=Sat Jun 23 01:40:53 UTC 2012

Lord Zog said,

CM9.1.. SDK 4.1 is out now..
ro.build.display.id=sdk-eng 4.1 JRN83C 391408 test-keys
ro.build.version.incremental=391408
ro.build.version.sdk=16
ro.build.version.codename=REL
ro.build.version.release=4.1
ro.build.date=Sat Jun 23 01:40:53 UTC 2012

ops

i just found Android ver 4.1

so that sound about right

[Quote ] Google revealed what it calls "Project Butter" which is designed to offer Android 4.1 users a better experience in terms of performance. It will tie in a device's CPU and graphics processor so that they run in parallel. On some devices, Android 4.1 should run at 60 frames per second.[/quote]
For the three devices it will be released on that is.

SpeedyTheSnail said,

For the three devices it will be released on that is.

Yup, and not Google's choice here. Its the phone manufacturers.

techbeck said,

Yup, and not Google's choice here. Its the phone manufacturers.


Google should be with the device manufactures like Apple is with Verizon and AT&T: Hard playing business, it's their way or no deal. If you want to use our OS then you better keep it open, so at least the independent developers can release an update in like a month tops, instead of waiting for this "oh end of third quarter of year 2013 for ICS" bull**** [I hate you Motorola].

My old phone probably won't get any 4.1 lovin' unless some bored person on XDA decides to backport it. Oh well, still an interesting release because I know the CM crew will work their magic with it. I wish there were more "pure" AOKP-type ROMs out there so we all can get a carrier-free Android experience.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I couldn't care less, as T-Mobile UK has yet to update my HTC Sensation to Android 4.0. At this rate I'm likely going to switch to Windows Phone 8.

Owning an Android and not using custom ROMs while obviously likes tech is kinda blasphemous...

Xilo said,

Owning an Android and not using custom ROMs while obviously likes tech is kinda blasphemous...

I tried but the HTC boot unlocker didn't work because T-Mobile apparently locks it down. Very annoyed.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I couldn't care less, as T-Mobile UK has yet to update my HTC Sensation to Android 4.0. At this rate I'm likely going to switch to Windows Phone 8.

Good job you didn't get a WP7 device then because you won't ever get the WP8 upgrade.

simplezz said,
Good job you didn't get a WP7 device then because you won't ever get the WP8 upgrade.

I'm well aware of that, but at least that is for hardware reasons and older phones will still receive an update that incorporates a lot of the changes. The Android fragmentation is largely a result of Google's poor update infrastructure.

My last two phones have been Android but there have been enough issues that I'm looking at all the alternatives.

simplezz said,

Good job you didn't get a WP7 device then because you won't ever get the WP8 upgrade.

And the problem with that is.......?

Windows Phone 7 users are getting many of the features of Windows 8 that their phones support in the 7.8 update. I'd much rather have it this way, than have two different versions of WP8... one with all the features, and one with a reduced set. Much less confusing this way.

simplezz said,

Good job you didn't get a WP7 device then because you won't ever get the WP8 upgrade.

At least there's a good reason for that. In the meantime, Google have now released a new version of Android before anyone received an upgrade to the last version and there's no good reason for that.

theyarecomingforyou said,

I tried but the HTC boot unlocker didn't work because T-Mobile apparently locks it down. Very annoyed.

My T-Mobile Sensation's bootloader is unlocked just fine, go to xda, its simple

theyarecomingforyou said,

I'm well aware of that, but at least that is for hardware reasons and older phones will still receive an update that incorporates a lot of the changes. The Android fragmentation is largely a result of Google's poor update infrastructure.

My last two phones have been Android but there have been enough issues that I'm looking at all the alternatives.

Resizing of live tiles... That is so fking amazing. On Android it is just like changing of launcher... Google might as well just release a new launcher to get rid of fragmentation problems. LOL.

LOL
I wont hold my breath. I know right now the Nexus S is finally on 4.0* ICS but I won't be surprised if this doesnt happen in mid-July (I partially blame Sprint as well) Lets see what happens.

este said,
LOL
I wont hold my breath. I know right now the Nexus S is finally on 4.0* ICS but I won't be surprised if this doesnt happen in mid-July (I partially blame Sprint as well) Lets see what happens.

Yea, hope they meet that time line. Time shall tell

"On some devices, Android 4.1 should run at 60 frames per second."

Hurrah! The UI drawing pipeline in Android really lets it down at times. I'm really happy this is being improved!

iKenndac said,
"On some devices, Android 4.1 should run at 60 frames per second."

Hurrah! The UI drawing pipeline in Android really lets it down at times. I'm really happy this is being improved!

That "some devices" means six core devices?

iKenndac said,
"On some devices, Android 4.1 should run at 60 frames per second."

Hurrah! The UI drawing pipeline in Android really lets it down at times. I'm really happy this is being improved!


LOL at android, ny Omnia 7 runs at 60fps all the time on an ancient first Gen snapdragon. Single core 1ghz...try better next time google.

fenderMarky said,

That "some devices" means six core devices?


Since when do apps properly support multi-cores?

flexkeyboard said,

LOL at android, ny Omnia 7 runs at 60fps all the time on an ancient first Gen snapdragon. Single core 1ghz...try better next time google.

That's because it's not doing anything except displaying coloured rectangles.

iKenndac said,
"On some devices, Android 4.1 should run at 60 frames per second."

Hurrah! The UI drawing pipeline in Android really lets it down at times. I'm really happy this is being improved!


Kind of sad this sentence includes "some devices" and "should". If Android still can't be smooth in version 4.1, there is a serious problem somewhere...

simplezz said,

That's because it's not doing anything except displaying coloured rectangles.

Oh yeah I forgot, phones should be displaying glossy animated icons with outlandish widgets and a green garbage can plastered all over the place.

fenderMarky said,

That "some devices" means six core devices?


Do a little reading and maybe you will get a clue instead of throwing out garbage.

ir0nw0lf said,

Sounds about right. Isn't the Android credo "moar cores?"

Yea, Apple devices have quad cores, and I am willing to bet WP7 will eventually have them.

techbeck said,

Yea, Apple devices have quad cores, and I am willing to bet WP7 will eventually have them.

WP7 won't, but WP8 will.

Enron said,

WP7 won't, but WP8 will.

Yea, meant to say WP, not WP7

And people just use the more core to bash Android. Google has taken longer than it should to address issues with the performance on Android. ICS went a big way to improving this and looks like JB will go even further.

andrewbares said,
I wish deleting a picture was that easy on Windows Phone!

Hitting the 3 dots and tapping delete is too hard for you?

andrewbares said,
I wish deleting a picture was that easy on Windows Phone!

Problem being on the other hand, people who don't know about that feature would be more likely to be deleting stuff accidently and have no idea what's going on It's always preferable to have clearly labelled buttons or extremely exaggerated gestures that can't be accidentally done for killing things.

andrewbares said,
I wish deleting a picture was that easy on Windows Phone!

I just one to select more than picture at once and delete them

efjay said,

Hitting the 3 dots and tapping delete is too hard for you?

Exactly, you just proved why it needs to be improved. That takes TWO taps, while this takes one. Plus, the menu sliding up animation on WP wastes even more time.

If you ever are trying to delete a lot of pictures, you'll understand how badly WP sucks at that.

andrewbares said,

Plus, the menu sliding up animation on WP wastes even more time.

BOOO ****ING HOO. You must hate doing a lot of stuff since it involves moving your body.

PmRd said,

BOOO ****ING HOO. You must hate doing a lot of stuff since it involves moving your body.

You must be so bright since you can know who I am just by a comment.

I mountain bike, I ran a half marathon recently, I rock climb, I run a 6 min mile, etc. So sorry, but you know nothing about me.

Fact is, Android is now faster at deleting a picture. People were so excited how WP could "smoke" other phones and be ONE SECOND faster at certain tasks and they were cheering about that.... well guess what, Android is now one second faster at this.

"Android 4.1 has a number of improvements to its camera app. Users can immediately see a photo they have just taken by just swiping to the left on the touch screen"

Windows phone

fenderMarky said,
"Android 4.1 has a number of improvements to its camera app. Users can immediately see a photo they have just taken by just swiping to the left on the touch screen"

Windows phone

And iPhone. All companies copy each other.

flexkeyboard said,

Except WP hasn't copy anyone.

Time to exit dreamland. Everyone, and I mean everyone copies each other. WP has copied lots of things from Android.

Not that doing a swipe is actually copying anyway. Next you'll be saying that moving your finger across a touch screen is copying someone else. Get a life dude.

simplezz said,

Time to exit dreamland. Everyone, and I mean everyone copies each other. WP has copied lots of things from Android.

And what are these "things"?

simplezz said,

Time to exit dreamland. Everyone, and I mean everyone copies each other. WP has copied lots of things from Android.

Not that doing a swipe is actually copying anyway. Next you'll be saying that moving your finger across a touch screen is copying someone else. Get a life dude.


Time to exit the trollheaven and explain what WP has copied from Android?

fenderMarky said,
"Android 4.1 has a number of improvements to its camera app. Users can immediately see a photo they have just taken by just swiping to the left on the touch screen"

Windows phone


I think the word "innovate" has been removed from Webster's Dictionary, as no one seems to know what that means anymore, all they know how to do is copy and sue... Maybe they should make that a new shortcut command on lawyer keyboards?

simrat said,

And what are these "things"?

App stores (not saying Apple invented that), tap-and-holding to uninstall instead of going through Add/Remove Programs, pinch to zoom (I'm sure someone else did this before both MS and Apple), multitasking that simply keeps the program in RAM but not CPU active...

Everyone "copies" ideas from everyone else. There is no such thing as a truly unique idea. Everything is built upon someone else's ideas.

simplezz said,

Time to exit dreamland. Everyone, and I mean everyone copies each other. WP has copied lots of things from Android.

Lol you mean the things Android copied from Windows Mobile

PmRd said,

Lol you mean the things Android copied from Windows Mobile


Poor performance being the number one thing Google copied from Windows Mobile.

.Neo said,

Poor performance being the number one thing Google copied from Windows Mobile.

Poor performance due to free for all multi-tasking.

.Neo said,

Poor performance being the number one thing Google copied from Windows Mobile.

ON earlier devices...not really on the newer devices. Much better with ICS. And with Google looking in to performance issues and constantly improving performance, this complaint will eventually be gone.

Sonne said,

and they have a 2% market share yay!

yay, a "comeback" from the android team...the others were running out of things to back android...still hasn't say what wp copied from anyone though.

flexkeyboard said,

yay, a "comeback" from the android team...the others were running out of things to back android...still hasn't say what wp copied from anyone though.

Who cares?