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 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.


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.


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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207 Comments

1. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

12. ilia1986 unregistered

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

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

16. GENARAL-LEVY

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Which handset did u have? Single CPU or DUAL!

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

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?

47. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

81. ilia1986 unregistered

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

124. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

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

28. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

31. GENARAL-LEVY

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

48. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

77. chadrick0814 unregistered

"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?

87. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

iVictor nuff said

107. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

162. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

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

190. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Denial is what it is.

191. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

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

14. GENARAL-LEVY

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

61. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

202. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Dont think anyone at Android said what you keep quoting....think Victor H said it... You might wanna fact check this...lol.

68. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Reported for spam, thank you !

86. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

YOU JELLY?

163. letsb4real25

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

183. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

172. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 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.

179. Scyllax unregistered

Stop feeding the troll. Let him be.

184. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

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