Does the Google I/O 2012 app show off a little of Jelly Bean?

Does the Google I/O 2012 app show off a little of Jelly Bean?
The Google search box on the Google IO 2012 app

The Google search box on the Google IO 2012 app

On Wednesday morning, we told you all about the new app that Google has made available for the upcoming Google I/O conference starting one week from Wednesday. Releasing the app is nothing new as Google has done it every year and usually provides users with streaming video, links to maps, schedules and YouTube promotions. It could be that this year, the crew from Mountain View (Hey! That rhymes) has teased a little of the next Android build along with the app.

While it is not much, the Google search bar used on the app is different than the one used on Android 4.0 leading to some speculation that what we see on the app, and in the photo of it, is Jelly Bean, the next Android build starting with Android 4.1. Unlike the transparent search bar seen in Ice Cream Sandwich, the one on the app is opaque. It could be an early look at Android 4.1 or merely a nice new design for the Google search box. But what better time to start raising the curtain on the next build of Android than during the two days of the year when Google has the the complete attention of developers.

So what do you think? Is it a sneak peek at Jelly Bean or just a minor refresh to the Google search bar?

source: Phandroid

The Google search box for Android 4.0 (L) and a close up of the search box on the Google IO 2012 app
The Google search box for Android 4.0 (L) and a close up of the search box on the Google IO 2012 app

The Google search box for Android 4.0 (L) and a close up of the search box on the Google IO 2012 app


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15 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I remember when there was a jar of jellybean at CES if I wasn't mistaken. I call a yes.

2. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

I don't see how it couldn't be. I thought it is pretty well decided that this will probably be an update that doesn't effect much of the UI and focuses mostly on software tweeks. A bit of a tease from them wouldn't be that far fetched at this point. even if it is something subtle. btw...How can the time be 25:10?

4. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Interesting...

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

holly smokers!

6. ARITRA

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

"btw...How can the time be 25:10??" now you know "men in black" are real and in any moment nw you will see a white flash of light in front of your eyes:P

11. rasinhussy

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

I wonder if there will be a surprise announcement on the 25th at 10am.

15. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I enjoy all those little hints Google gives. I bet both the search bar theory and rasinhussy's announcement theory are both correct.

3. fongy

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I think this is one thing that Android will have over iOS or Winmo - and that is that not only does its functionality and power grow with each iteration, but it also LOOKS and FEELS different.... It just feels like other OSs appear stagnant in comparison, despite the annual updates they receive...especially iOS... As an owner of an Android phone and an iPad - I have to say that iOS is not nearly as intuitive as Apple would have you believe, and it looks plain dated / boring... Definitely a refresh or the ability to customise its look is needed!!!

7. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

well not every build was cupcake to donut a major look/feel update what about 3.1 to 3.2 either what about eclair to froyo ' all those updates werent looks and feels update, they were functiononality and power grow updates I have to agree with you that major updates, 1.0, 2.1, 3.0, 4.0 those were looks and feels different

8. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Talking of screen cues - 1. gtalk and phone app are in folder...does that mean gtalk calls will be integrated with native phone app? 2. and chrome will be default browser?

9. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

And of course...day is no longer limited to 24 hrs :)

10. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

i still like the ICS search bar better than the Jelly Bean's

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'm fine with either but i like the voice search icon on the supposed Jelly Bean version of the search bar more though.

13. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Isn't it existing from 2.1?

14. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

It is translucent not opaque. The search widget in older android versions was opaque.

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