Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: the new features

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: the new features
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now finally here! We’ve been waiting for the newest Android version, hearing all sorts of rumors all along, and there’s a lot to see in terms of new features, but the biggest improvement we’re extremely happy to see is that Google is finally seriously tackling the small but noticeable lag that’s often noticeable in the platform.

Part of it is due to the full multitasking Android comes with, and in ICS Google has really minimized it. With its Project Butter, though, the goal is to go one step further and idealistically have lag-free performance from our devices.

That’s what we’re most excited about, but there’s plenty more in terms of improvements and new features. Check out the images below walking you through all the new stuff in Jelly Bean

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76 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow Google is just a prime example of what innovation is. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is so awesome. Thank you Google. I can't wait for my favorite ROM to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean!

21. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Google Now is faster, quieter, better. Sorry Siri, no one actually wants to talk to you and your silly little apple engineer out LOUD answers (except at parties to see what funny answers those engineers came up wih :/ )... But what we do want is something faster, quieter, better... voila, Google Now does it again. I have already been talking to my phone for years to get answers via google searches and this just 1 ups it.

61. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

We've watched this phone OS evolve into a powerhouse, but a lot of people have been reluctant to switch to Android because of stability and lag issues. Now, with JB, hopefully this will change a lot of peoples' minds. Reason being is because the phone ecosystem is pretty stagnant. You have BB (pretty much dead), there's Windows phone (just now making a grand re-entrance), iOS (silky smooth, but no flexibility unless you Jailbreak)), and Android (always changing and very flexible, but stability issues). With the refinement of Android, to the point where it's silky smooth and non-stop reliable, this will force Apple to re-think the iOS platform, possibly to the extent of adding a lot more customization options (within reason) and more flexibility. They already have the smooth and stable aspects nailed down, now they need to open it up and let us OWNERS of the phone make modifications without having to Jailbreak.

37. gixxerrider311

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

I agree! Google is definitely making a big improvement on their OS, I like Androids for how open source they are and how much you can expand its capabilities. I'm personally an iOS user but I really don't go into debate on which OS is better, they're just different. Great job Google!

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

JB is what Gingerbread was to Froyo. More stable, better improvements, fixes a lot of the previous issues. Gingerbread was one of my favorite versions of Android. ICS is awesome but JB will fix a lot of its issues while adding new features.

56. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Totally Agree. JB isn't really adding new features, it's making the old ones more stable.

3. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Making it a lot less laggy, more stable, and non-stop reliable is what people want from the Android platform. Glad Google is paying attention

4. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

This sounds awesome. And how about that Nexus Tablet? All that Android-y Goodness for $199? Google is making great strides. And they just gave me another reason to get rid of my iPhone. that Galaxy Nexus for $349 No contract!! Man im torn now. GS3-OneX-Nexus. But Great Job Google. Keep it up!!!!

9. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I'm getting the GNex from Google Play for Christmas now. Definite must. Unless a new Nexus phone comes out on Google Play for $400 off contract. I'd love to have an HTC One Nexus or a Moto Droid Nexus (hopefully with Maxx version).

10. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Yeah man. I normally just buy my phones because i hate being under contract for so long. The RAZR and RAZR MAXX are great as well. But that price point for the Galaxy Nexus is just insane. But i do love the 2GB of ram in the Galaxy III. and i love the build quality and sexiness of the HTC OneX. so yea. im torn. haha.

5. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

So, At&t will Bring Jelly Bean into the fold in late 2013... le sigh.

13. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

If your lucky!!!! they might as well just bypass ICS and go straight JB.

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

of course and i'm still stuck on AT&T :(

74. TheSherbs

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

If you have an Android running ICS, shouldn't you be able to upgrade to JB regardless of AT&T? I am an Android noob and work with iOS mainly, but I figure since AT&T cannot control when the iPhone updates its OS, can it control when Android updates? (I am being serious, and NOT trolling, or trying to start a flame war). I thought Androids could update outside the confines of "provider network"?

76. WizardKnight

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

the answer is yes and no... yes they can go outside the confines of the providor/manufacturer... but they can't update the manufacturer provided system on their own. there are many custom builds of android (ROMs) for all phones. in order to update from say ICS to JB without an official carrier update, you'd need to install one of the custom ROMs that based off of that updated build. This isn't just for updates. Independent developers put their own spins on android, focus on certain things (battery life over performance or vice versa). So there are many reasons to root and go custom.

77. TheSherbs

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Thanks for the information. So to get the official JB update on the "X carrier" phone, it would have to be downloaded via an offical "X carrier" update? The alternative being to root the phone and find a custom ROM tailored to your particular tastes, correct? That being said, (Again no trolling or flaming, just understanding) how exactly is Apple able to get around those restrictions?

78. jmblaney86

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

its not that they get around those restrictions its that android isnt like apple in the sense its one device, since android has a variety of devices using it, such as samsung and say HTC for example, both has there own UI's like SENSE and TouchWiz, the andorid update usually becomes a joint effort from the "X carrier" and manurfacturer, i have Droid Razr Maxx soon to have SG3 thanks to the 30 day exchange policy, i just recieved ICS last week or so because Motorola and Verizon released it, Motorola updated ICS with their MotoBlur UI in mind, i hope im explaining this correctly, but since apple only has to worry about one device they basically update their phones all at once, BUT if you notice a Verizon update version is a different Build number than say AT&T, so although apple only has to update their main iOS, they do still have to make it compatible with the "X Carrier"

6. tlsmithsr

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

Looks pretty Awesome!!! I looked at the video above a few times it kind of looks as if his hand selected the icon on the device running JB .5 secs before the one that's running ICS. I could be wrong but overall pretty awesome upgrade waaaay better than iOS6

7. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Android is getting better and better, thanks Google. It really makes smartphone a smart phone. This is the true advance mobile operating system in the world. These new features of Android can be seen again through Apple and MS, sad to say they are too late now.

8. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

ICS was awesome, but had a few bugs. Glad that it's faster and smoother now. It wasn't laggy before (as long as it didn't have Sense 3, lol), but now it's even less laggy. :P I'd like to see taco tell any of us how Google copied with this in ANY way. Upgraded Google Voice Actions should be awesome.

11. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

How can JB be "finally here" when ICS has only arrived at 7% of all droids?

59. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Is an incremental upgrade so it is not going to be as hard to jump from ics to jb, which they should be able to do hopefully.

12. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

"as engineers weren’t 100% sure whether 1 gig of RAM would be enough for Jelly Bean and opted for 2GB RAM." Go to hell google if it comes true. You must be kidding me. Putting 2 gigs of ram just to be sure your system will be smooth? What's next? Octocore???

14. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Seems like the Dual Core phones get the 2GB of RAM and the Quad Core SGS3 comes with 1GB of RAM. If you didn't notice the Nexus 7 comes with 1GB of RAM and it runs JB so perhaps you might want to check details before running off with crazy assumptions. Bring it on Google, I notice that only Dual Core phones and up can run JB without hiccups.

46. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

maybe so. That were my concerns. But something is not right if samsung claims there may be some problems, don't you think?

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Samsung wasn't sure what JB was going to bring. nobody knew anything about JB before today except for Google and ASUS, the 2GB was just a precaution.

40. ananya22

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

What do you care you idiot? They are not asking you to pay for it seperately are they???they are giving you better hardware and even better software but youre still whining jack*** . Amd they dont need to add the ram to make it smooth. gnexus is getting the update isnt it?. Youre such a fool. Why comment and provoke people to make fun of you? Idiot. This is a reply to comment no. 12 i dont know why its placed here when i hit the reply button on jackhammers comment.

45. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

shut up kid. You are the cash cow for google. It's not about better hardware. If you want newest software buy newest hardware. Fine. That's how it is. I'm talking about optimalization. What in the name of God could be so resource hungry to use more than 1 g of ram? Are you a fanboy? Obviously. My disagreement with google's policy is my concern and I can speak freely about it douchebag. You don't like it? Don't comment.

68. DePenguin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

No, YOU shut up. Never has Google said that they require 2 GB. That's ALL rumor and speculation. Do not spread crap around unless you can 100% confirm it's true. If you can send me a link of Google specifically saying this, then I will retract my statement; until then, good day.

62. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

since there was an ipad 2, apple could sue samsung for using 2 gbs of ram because there was the number 2 in it's description

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