So, this is the next version of Android: 4.1, codenamed Jelly Bean. One of the major improvements part of the new version includes Project Butter, which aims to run the graphical elements of Android 4.1 at a silky smooth 60 FPS using VSync and triple buffering from the CPU, GPU, and display. Next is a newer, even cleaner homescreen, with one objective: to keep things clean and tidy. Dismissing widgets is simply tossing them away, and you can resize elements on the homescreen and everything else with sync and resize in harmony. And of course, there’s the little things, like a new keyboard, UI tweaks, fixes, Smart App Updates (which compress tweaks to an app as a very small file instead of a new download), and so on.
Now for the groundbreakers: official voice dication, available offline, and only in US English. Jelly Bean will allow users to have full control over the voice typing functions in an Android device, without a connection to the internet (like Ice Cream Sandwich). Things like the camera have also been revamped and allow for easier editing than ever before. Next up is a new Search, which is improved, and a top-of-the-line notification system, which allows for viewing of messages and other items without being obtrusive and basically an inbox for all notifications, in one place where they can all be easily dismissed. Oh, and there’s Google Now, a card-based search engine that uses your specific time and location to bring you results: basically the most accurate and timely searches that Google has to offer.
As for the update reaching devices: the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, and Nexus S get the update in early July, via an OTA update. It’s nice to see Google still kicking butt when it comes to features added to Android versions. Announcement video after the break; full rundown of Jelly Bean from Google at the source link.
Via: Android Developers