Jelly Bean New Features: What's new in Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?

Google Android Jelly Bean 4.1 OS will run the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Let's see what's new in Google Android Jelly Bean, which new features of Android 4.1 are really cool, and how the new features of Jelly Bean can take Android one step forward.

The new features of Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean can really help the upcoming Google Nexus 7 tablet outwit Apple iPad 3. Apple's product is more expensive but better featured. However, with the new features of Jelly Bean taking Android one step forward, it will be a close competition. Nevertheless, before we compare the upcoming Apple iPad 5 Mini with Google Nexus 7 which will run on Android 4.1 OS, let's find out what's new in Android Jelly Bean 4.1.

So, what's new in Android Jelly Bean 4.1?

There are a lot of new features in Android Jelly Bean. A lot. Some of the new features of Android 4.1 include great smoothness, 60 frames per second animation speed, finger touch anticipation, talk-to-type feature without internet connection, and saved Google Maps of cities that you can navigate without being online. Sounds cool, huh? Let's now take a more detailed look in the new features of Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Given below are the top five features of Android Jelly Bean 4.1 OS that have created a buzz in the industry.

Jelly Bean Project Butter: Faster interface of Android 4.1

As we have seen in the live demo in the Google I/O 2012, the most exclusive new feature of the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 is Project Butter, which makes the user interface even faster and smoother. As Director of Android Product Management Hugo Barra introduced Jelly Bean, the first thing he wanted to emphasize is the Project Butter. A relatively slower user interface when compared to its competitors like Apple iOS was the biggest problem for Google. With Project Butter, it seems that they have taken a giant leap forward from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The user interface of Android Ice Cream Sandwich often got cluttered up with tasks, notifications and dialogues boxes, thus bogging down the display. Not cool for a smartphone, right?

Google tried to address this issue in the first place while adding the new features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by using VSync and Triple Buffering. Triple Buffering is a very handy technology because you always have a layer of buffer ready as soon as the display refreshes. Without going into the depth of technical lingo, we can say that this will give you a speed of 60 frames per second. Also, the Jelly Bean based upcoming tablet Google Nexus 7 will have NVIDIA's Tegra 3 which will have a faster touch response. You can see what the Android Engineering Director Dave Burke is saying about how Android Jelly Bean Project Butter works.

Check out the new features of Jelly Bean in the Android 4.1 official promo!

New features of Jelly Bean include automatic widgets resizing

In the Google I/O 2012, we discovered another cool new feature of Android Jelly Bean — the automatic resizing of widgets. In Jelly Bean, whenever the widgets are shifted to a different home screens, they are automatically resized, and the remaining widgets make space for it. Needless to say, the auto resizing of widgets in Android Jelly Bean 4.1 will also help making the user interface fast, fluid and smooth, as Mr. Burke observed in his speech.

Android Jelly Bean is waiting for your touch!

Sounds poetic? Well, speaking in plain language, Android Jelly Bean 4.1 will anticipate your next finger position at the time of the next screen refresh and draws the display to that specific location. What we get is a more reactive and uniform touch response, way better than the previous version of Android, the Ice Cream Sandwich.

Voice Typing: Android Jelly Bean 4.1 may outwit Apple iOS

If you are a dedicated fan of the Apple iOS only because of its Siri Voice Assistant, it's time to think twice. I feel the new voice typing of Android Jelly Bean is at least at par with Apple Siri Voice Assistant, if not better. The Offline Voice Typing is definitely one of the trump cards for Jelly Bean, since you no longer require an active internet connection. This smart new feature of Android Jelly Bean will do everything on a local basis on your smartphone. Since talking happens faster than typing, the previous versions of Androids resulted in a lag because it was actually a long process — the pronounced phrase was sent to a server, interpreted by it, and then returned back to your device as a textual response. The new Offline Voice Typing of Android Jelly Bean is built around pretty much the same concept, with the only difference (and a smart one) that it no longer needs an active data connection. The lag time is reduced a lot and the response is pretty fast. Also, as you dictate, the Jelly Bean voice typing feature is smart enough to interpret your punctuation marks. Ain't that cool? However, it will be interesting to see how this feature works with a non-native accent and a Creole language.

Improved Voice Search: A smart new feature of Android Jelly Bean 4.1
Do I need to explain? The title says it all, I think. The voice search feature of the Google Android Jelly Bean 4.1 can better interpret the natural language, list up the results more accurately, and relay back to you via speech. In brief, the voice search of Android is now better, faster and smarter. Period. Well, it is difficult to outwit Google when it comes to search, isn't it?

Google Now: Get information whenever you want it

Statue of Android Jelly Bean 4.1 in GoogleplexI've written a lot already and have possible started to bore you out, but believe me, it's not my fault! What can I do if Android 4.1 comes with so many cool, handy, smart new features? Android Jelly Bean allows you to literally search information offline, whenever and wherever you need it. Did that sound fishy? Well, let me explain it a bit. Through the Google Search App, the Google Now feautre of Jelly Bean presents you an interface with a preloaded card to let you know about your current location and weather. From this point, you can search (by typing or voice instructions) for a specific information, for which a preloaded card will be shown. For example, if you ask who is the President of the United States, a preloaded card of Mr. Obama will be returned. Click it, and you will be on the Wikipedia page on Obama. So, how exactly does this help?

Imagine yourself travelling abroad and lost in a city. You do not know the local language well either. You asked a gentleman the address of your hotel, but could not decipher his response in his mother tongue. Unfortunately, you also do not have an active data connection to locate your position and Google for the hotel. This new feature of Android Jelly Bean will be quite handy in such conditions. If your hotel is a popular and well-known one, chances are high that there will be a preloaded card for it, having a small map. Clicking that map will redirect you to Maps application, telling you where you are and how you can reach your hotel. It will also provide you with handy reviews and photos.

If you have read this article so far, I hope you would like to have a look at our review of Google Nexus 7, won't you?

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