Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the latest incarnation of Google‘s mobile platform and sees an improved user experience, thanks to Project Butter, along with various other upgrades and improvements over Ice Cream Sandwich.
But before you get over excited, the Jelly Bean (version 4.1.1) source has only been released for the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, although Google promises versions for the Motorola Xoom and Google Nexus S will arrive soon.
Time to get building
This release is significant as it allows device manufacturers and developers to start tuning their products to work with Android 4.1.
We’re just hoping that the upgrade path is a far quicker one than we saw with the Ice Cream Sandwich update – which is yet to make its way on to all compatible devices, and still only accounts for just over 10 percent of the Android OS market share.
You can find out what we think of Google’s latest offering in our hands on: Android 4.1 review, or see how it shapes up against the competition in our video below.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in pics
Check out official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean screenshots and pictures as we get some hands-on time with the Jelly Bean-packing Google Nexus 7 After merging the best of the smartphone optimized Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the tablet-friendly Android 3.1 Honeycomb with a rather tasty Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1 Jelly Bean is next on the dessert menu bringing a whole host of nice new features.
One of the ways you can access Google Now is by swiping up from the home button to access the intelligent information system that could very well blow Apple’s Siri out of the water.
As well as making content available offline and including additional reviews for chosen locations, Google Compass has been integrated deeper into Maps particularly in the new indoor mode which lets you look around the room of a restaurant for example to get a more detailed viewing of the location you plan to visit.
Introducing a much deeper integration of Google Play into the Jelly Bean UI, this Shazaam-like widget can identify a song, revealing information about the track name, artists and the album it is taken from.
The video sharing app has been given an HD makeover, bringing an interface much more suited to the 7-inch surroundings of the Nexus 7 including the side navigation bar to quickly jump into categories like ‘trending’ videos and recommended clips.
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