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Google officially launches Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android Jelly Bean, announced earlier this year, is officially launched at the Google I/O event


Google confirmed on Wednesday (27) the new version of Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean in his event called Google I/O. Google I/O is a event for developers happens annually. The presentations are held in San Francisco.

hugo barra in android event
The Brazilian Hugo Barra presenting the Android Jelly Bean 4.1

Last year Google released version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that unified Android for phones and tablets. The Ice Cream Sandwich is not yet present on most devices.

The Android Jelly Bean 4.1 version intends to anticipate the user's finger will touch, creating a better user experience. The version also brings improved accessibility and focuses on system speed, better graphics performance that directly affect games and heavy applications. To prove the best speed of the Jelly Bean, Google itself made a video with the same device running the two systems: Ice Cream Sandwich vs. Jelly Bean

Project Butter is the Google project that improved performance in smartphones and tablets Android. The intention is to increase the number of frames per second (FPS), the higher the FPS better.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean brings cool changes, such as organizations and automatic size adjustment of the icons on the homescreen. The keypad with voice recognition offline now doesn't need internet to work, simply tap the microphone icon and say the words. The keyboard resembles the application Swiftkey.

jelly bean 4.1 homescreen

The camera also provides improvements in Jelly Bean, like pull to the left and see the photos taken, a feature very similar from Windows Phone. A photo can be deleted simply by dragging it out. The camera has "CTRL+Z" to go back the photo if you accidentally deleted it.

The notification area had a big change, with possibility to expand a photo that you have just received via MMS and also receive calls without leaving the of notification area.

The Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean arrives on the market in July, but doesn't mean that the updates coming for Android smartphones in the same month. As always, Google's mobile brand will be the first updates, such as Nexus S, Galaxy X and Motorola Xoom tablets.

The SDK package for developers was released yesterday on the first day of the event.

Learn more about the Google I/O event on the official website.


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