Google IO 2012: Android Jelly Bean all the details
No one can say that Google held back on the Android news at the IO keynote, earlier today, and news about the Jelly Bean OS came thick and fast.
Well the first most important detail that was released about Jelly Bean is probably the release date, with select devices getting Jelly Bean 4.1 in July and the SDK arriving today for developers.
Honestly there was no real surprise when Google officially unveiled, as most of had been expecting Jelly Bean. It brings an updated homescreen system, with dynamically adjusting apps and widgets, along with support for offline voice typing.
Overall performance should be a lot smoother now on across most devices, thanks to the weirdly named Project Butter (Project Bread is up next), which attempts to speed up the interface and reduce lag.
Jelly Bean also refreshes the notifications system, with more insight into exactly what apps are telling you from the pull-down notification drawer, and there’re also new NFC abilities onboard too.
We knew it was coming and it seems Google Voice Search is out to take on Apple’s Siri, with natural speech query support that looks significantly faster than what Apple’s system can deliver. Whether or not it will understand the Irish accent only time will tell…
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