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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: 4720; 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: 14255; 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: 4720; 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: 4720; 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: 4720; 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: 4720; 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: 222; 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: 637; 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: 4720; 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: 209; 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: 279; 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: 102; 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: 4720; 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: 6015; 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: 435; 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: 6015; 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 (unregistered)


Stop feeding the troll. Let him be.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 20:32

184. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


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

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