The forthcoming version of Google‘s mobile operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is set to be launched later this month and will be available on a number of smartphones.
While being more of an upgrade to ICS than a fully-fledged new system, Jelly Bean still offers plenty of decent features.
Benefits of the new OS include a smooth and fast user interface, efficient search and notification updates and an excellent system performance.
Devices confirmed for Jelly Bean
The fact that ICS is only on 10% of Android devices, despite its introduction in October last year, may not inspire much hope for some smartphone users, but there are a number of devices expected to have Jelly Bean from the outset.
This includes the range of Google-branded phones – the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus – in addition to the new Nexus 7 tablet.
The latest OS from Google is also expected to feature on Motorola’s Xoom tablet, though this is yet to be confirmed by Motorola. However, Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola’s mobile business in May suggests that the system will inevitably adopted at some point.
Samsung Galaxy S3 to be first?
We can also expect to see Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S3 at some point, with the flagship device likely to be one of the first non-Google branded phones to get the OS.
As for other manufacturers, it could be a while before they bring Jelly Bean to their devices. Reports have suggested that the likes of Sony and HTC will take their time with the OS.
On its website LG argued that it was still currently focused on rolling out Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), as opposed to redirecting its efforts to Jelly Bean, on to its models.
The outcome of lawsuit between Samsung and Apple in California may also disrupt the implementation of Jelly Bean.
The proceedings have already led to Samsung being denied the right to sell the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in America.
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