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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is announced, waves goodbye to lag

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is announced, waves goodbye to lag
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now finally official after months of leaks and rumors, and it finally makes a huge step towards becoming buttery smooth and refined all around.

Jelly Bean addresses lag

The first side of the Jelly Bean update is the way it interacts with hardware. One of the main complaints with Androids is that it often gets laggy even on the most sophisticated devices. Google has finally radically addressed this so manufacturers and developers can make their devices lag-free. The solution is called Project Butter and it comes with triple buffering so that the CPU and GPU work without waiting for each other. This means scrolling, zooming and virtually all actions become much faster.

Jelly Bean devices will actually anticipate where fingers are in screens which will results in a more responsive system.

The other big thing is power efficiency. Jelly Bean now dials the CPU back to lower frequency when it’s not in use.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is announced, waves goodbye to lag
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is announced, waves goodbye to lag
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is announced, waves goodbye to lag

Software features

When it comes to pure software features, Google has plenty in their plate. First come widgets that will now automatically resize as you move them across screens. You no longer need to worry whether you have enough space on that screen - the widget will automatically fit. Android is also getting 18 new languages, with better Arabic and Hebrew support.

Voice typing now becomes completely network independent. It’s now squeezed into the system so you can dictate to your Android device even when you don’t have coverage. Offline Voice Dictation will launch in English initially, with more languages coming along the way.

Jelly Bean now comes with an improved voice search. It leverages the knowledge graph Google's search engine has built and responds to all your questions in a pretty natural, almost non-robotic voice. You can ask it how tall the Seattle Space Needle is, or... look for pygmy marmosets images! The whole contextual search is called Google Now - it knows that you usually go to the gym at specific times so if you have a flight on the same day and it's delayed it will know that you have time to work out.

While ICS introduced us to the first zero shutter lag cameras on Android, the new JB camera app introduces the gallery to swiping gestures. This means that you get a film strip view to quickly review your photos and deleting them is as easy as swiping up. 

Notifications are becoming even richer with Android 4.1 JB, with more information about your unread messages. Notifications now expand and collapse, and can be tweaked by the user.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is announced, waves goodbye to lag
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is announced, waves goodbye to lag
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is announced, waves goodbye to lag

Release dates, SDK

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom will be the first devices to get the update over the air. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release date is set for mid-July for those first devices.

Best of all, developers can now get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK right away. There will be another development kit, the platform DK (PDK) for manufacturers, that has been made available to some phone makers for a couple of weeks now. It will routinely be made available to them a couple of months in advance of a new version release.


source: Google

All images courtesy of TheVerge.

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posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:06 16

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


"One of the main complaints with Androids is that it often gets laggy even on the most sophisticated devices"

hmmmm the truth has finally come out..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:16 28

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


"one of the main complaints by TROLLS that dont even own the device is that..."

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:18 14

9. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I had Android and it was laggy at best.. so trust me I knew it existed..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:19 20

12. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Allow all of us *not* to trust your words given your very "objective" viewpoint. :)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:23 7

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


please dont trust me .I want you gusys to experience it yourself.. :-)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:22 5

16. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Which handset did u have? Single CPU or DUAL!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:24 7

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well is hard to tel because when I bought it it was high end but after 6 months it wasnt. weird...

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:26 7

26. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Which phone did you have?

Which Android version did it have?

Did you use a custom Rom?

Did you forget to manage open apps?

Did you install performance improving apps?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:40 5

47. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


none of that was in the instructions.. so it was irrelevant it did not perform out of the box illia.. lol is nice that you are an expert now..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:59 9

81. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You see? You are so hopelessly used to iOS that you only care about what comes out of the box..

sad..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:00 6

124. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 202; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


im calling your bluff. you either never owned a android phone or you are just an idiot. both seem plausible though.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:27 6

28. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


gallitoking is right - Android is laggy. Hope JB will fix that finally.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:29 2

31. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


And u lot wish ur is was Linux... half baked Darwin is..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:41 6

48. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


"One of the main complaints with Androids is that it often gets laggy even on the most sophisticated devices"

so Android is lying

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:56 10

77. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


"One of the main complaints with Androids is that it often gets laggy even on the most sophisticated devices."-----Victor H., not Android. But yes, Android, a consumer oriented OS, addresses claims made by trolls in an effort to ensure the are the best os. Good job completely dodging the question on what device you owned. Now, will you acknowledge an perceived lag issues have been addressed and you can no longer use it in any of your arguments?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:04 5

87. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


iVictor nuff said

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:36 2

107. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Not all devices. Only the mid range
And basic ones does.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 15:26 5

162. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


even when google themselves admit to the lag you STILL say its trolls ? WOW. so sad !

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 20:38 1

190. Otterbox (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Denial is what it is.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 20:43 1

191. Otterbox (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


How is it a troll complaint if Google finally confirmed it?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:20 5

14. GENARAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Not on high-end handsets. Some-times due to low ram and low CPU.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:47 3

61. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


"One of the main complaints with Androids is that it often gets laggy even on the most sophisticated devices"

so Android is lying

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 22:54

202. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Dont think anyone at Android said what you keep quoting....think Victor H said it...

You might wanna fact check this...lol.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:51 5

68. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Reported for spam, thank you !

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:04 6

86. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


YOU JELLY?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 15:33 3

163. letsb4real25 (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


In order for any company to grow or get better it has to acknowledge its shortcomings even if they aren't so apparent to everyone else.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 20:23 1

183. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Truth.com right here.

I know this isnt gonna go over well....but as of right now I would rate WP as the smoothest, iPhone and Android.....iPhone might still have the edge. BUT...Android has gotten better since 2008. Android is better as far as smoothness and lag since 2008.

It was never a priority for the Android team. They have made strides over the years. And still seem to be making them.

Android doesnt lag so bad that its unusable. I can pull out my Droid 1 running 2.0.1 if you wanan talk about lag. Samsnugn messed up with the GS1 and its filesystem that caused lag. Custom UI's contribute to it. They also can contribute to a smoother, less laggy experience too.

Bottom line....if lag is so important for your daily use....there are choices. I need more than the smoothest, most lag free experience out of my phone...so Android it is for me.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 17:16 2

172. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


Laggy isn't really the right word, because it's not consistent lag. It's great and smooth and then suddenly it craps itself at a random moment and then you get a stutter.... or did you?

You never realize whether or not the phone is lagging until you use something like WP7 and notice that the doubt over whether there was a stutter never happens.

That is what 4.1 wants to fix.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 18:33

179. Scyllax (Posts: 18; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Stop feeding the troll. Let him be.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 20:32

184. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6255; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


THE ONE THING U COMPLAIN BOUT IS LAG AND HOW MUCH ANDROID COPIES APPLE.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 21:52

192. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


And now Apple got Jelly Beaned....!!! Wow... What a Change Over...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 21:50

200. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Um...I just looked at the Google I/O...and what you quoted was never mentioned there...

lol...I think this is the article writer's own words...and yall took it and ran with it...

wow...

If I'm wrong....so be it. But I have been looking and I have yet to find it.

Good job Victor H. I'm sure the iFans appreciate it.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:10 24

2. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Revolution Evolution..... Welcome to the world
of Android, well ahead of others...!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:53 3

71. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Well to be honest I was a little underwhelmed by Jelly Bean it is like what is ios6 to ios5. This year both Android and Ios had medicore improvements and it let WP8 to become a real contender.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:04 6

88. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


For me, WP needed some major brushing up. They needed some significant improvements to at least make me consider a WP8 device. What I really like from WP8 is finally a centred home screen and tiles that are sized better to make better use of the home screen space. Also, resizing the tiles seem to automatically rearrange the other tiles to make the resized tile fit.

Jelly Bean seems to take a different approach as each home screen has a fixed size. It will resize widgets to fit in a screen. I actually like the GB feature where if you move widgets around a home screen, it will swap other home screen objects around the same screen. I would have liked to see something like that in Jelly Bean. If I have a large widget I want to move to another home screen and there is no room to fit it, I would rather have Android move those objects around to make the widget fit. Maybe move those objects back to the homescreen where the widget I want to move came from.

The notifications improvement looks interesting. More info is nice. Not sure if there is enough info for my liking. Looks like the first part of a sentence about the actual message or update. I guess it's a trade off between how much info to put vs. how much space to use.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:33 1

105. kanagadeepan (Posts: 640; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


True for iOS part only... But WP8 is much better than WP7.5, because WP7.5 is really unusable and WP8 is OK-OK sort of update and hence it looks like huge...

But for Android, ICS is way toooo ahead of iOS and WP8... Even ICS--JB is very much better update than WP7.5 to WP8, but the version number from 4.0 to 4.1 makes u think its a small update...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 01:27

194. tarozeero (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


W7.5 unusable? I was gonna say the same for the current Android versions.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 02:47

196. Killer_Instinct (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


LOL..IOS6 new features are already on androids and some of them are during froyo days...WP9 a real contender? I doubt it

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:14 2

3. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Hope my phone gets Jelly Bean, it will get ICS this Q3.
If I'm not mistaken, all/most of ICS devices will be able to get Jelly Bean....

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:16 13

4. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


That's weird why does jellybean address an issue fandroids claim don't exist? Day after day you guys get slapped in the face with facts and yet keep trolling away.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:18 7

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I see well deserved red thumbs in your near future, taco. :D

Admit it - Apple got OWNED.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:19 5

13. frydaexiii (Posts: 1214; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


You only admit to a problem after it's fixed. We didn't say Android doesn't have lag, we said Android doesn't have lag on high end devices, get it right. And now even the mid range won't have lag. Do I need to explain everything to you?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:23 6

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


The article says "even on the most sophisticated"

Sounds like you got proved wrong

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:25 10

23. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Every device has lag. Yes - iPhones as well. Nobody ever said lag didn't exist on Android. However given Android current market share - it's apparently not that much of a deal breaker.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:26 3

27. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Actually quite a few fandroids up have told me their android NEVER lags.

That's what I've been told, but now jellybean specifically addresses lag. I'm confused :)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:29 5

30. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Don't be. Even if there was lag on 4.0 or below it - it wasn't really significant.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:38 4

109. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


is weird coming from you since you barely just started using Android..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:28 8

29. frydaexiii (Posts: 1214; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I don't have to be proved wrong...I own both the S3 and the S2 and both haven't lagged on me. I'm the end user, as long as it doesn't lag on me I don't care what you trolls say.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:31 4

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


So it doesn't lag. So why does Google tout less lag as one of THE MAIN improvements?

Come one man reality is staring you in the face. All you have to do is accept it.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:34 8

34. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your just an idiot that no one takes seriously.

taco, they were talking about android on lower level devices. High end android devices have not lagged in quite some time. They are just reducing the need to have horsepower to push the experience. Have you seen the I/O? No? then shut your pie hole because like always, your just trolling without a clue.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:37 2

40. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It says "even on the most sophisticated"

That sounds like high end android phones. Welcome to reality remix

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:39 3

42. frydaexiii (Posts: 1214; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Those are words by PA, my god get a friggin clue.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:53 5

69. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it says? who says? PA says?

According to pretty much every review for high end androids for the last few years.. lag is non existent to nearly non-existant.
iOS isnt lag free either so you should be barking up apple's tree. At least Android has an excuse.. it actually does multiple things at once and a lot more than iOS. What's apple's excuse?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:56 2

78. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Sorry but the facts are not on your side today. Please just admit what everyone already knows.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:36 5

108. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that your an idiot? ok, i happily admit it.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:47 3

116. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


please remix that is BS we all know that mid range devices are stuck on Gingerbread and will never see Jellybean . even ICS is out of the question.. just admitted why is it so hard.. Android already did

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:34 5

35. frydaexiii (Posts: 1214; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Admit what? That Android lags? Ok, it lags, but so what now that Google announced a fix. How about you iFans, still locked down, no customisation and no multitasking and still NOT FRIGGIN FIXED.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:39 4

45. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Clap clap clap. After years of denial a fandroid admits android lags. I hope this has been a therapeutic experience for you.

Locked down doesn't need to be fixed. It's how Apple does it so if you don't like that you should stay away from Apple.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 13:40

111. kanagadeepan (Posts: 640; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


The OS of the r0tten fruit is butter-smooth, because IT IS NOT A MULTITASKING OS... It is for KIDS and U KNOW THAT ;p

Is it a great achievement to proclaim that A SINGLE-TASKING OS has butter smooth UI????

Taco, HERE, there is no grass you are looking for...

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:08 2

131. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Another factually incorrect fandroid. iOS has been multitasking since the original iPhone.

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