The Android 4.0 a.k.a. ICS (Ice cream sandwich) will soon give way to the latest upgrade called the Android 4.1 code name Jelly Bean (JB). The JB will start rolling from July.

Ever since Google Android evolved it has been constantly going through a series of updates, improvements and new versions are being rolled out. Most devices available in the Indian markets are still running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but many new models are already being shipped or with an upgrade promise to Android 4.0 (ICS). Well as of now a newer version called the Jelly Bean or Android 4.1 will be rolled out soon.

What to expect from the new Jelly Bean OS?

The OS is pretty new and limited information is available for now. Google is planning to launch the Nexus Asus 7 inch tab which will feature this new OS. Very few manufacturers might actually allow an upgrade to android 4.0.

The Jelly Bean promises a faster user interface, silky smooth operation with enhanced graphics. The notification system is upgraded further to show up more information and even supports photo contents.  On this new OS, when you move the widgets or Icons on the home screen they will be resized automatically.

You know voice typing and search worked well on the 4.0 but it only worked online, well on the JB voice typing is supported offline – which means you do not need an internet connection for voice based inputs.

Google's Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

There are many other new features and improvements like enhanced keyboard and HTML5 videos, Google Now  – that brings more relevant searches to users and App Encryption. The App encryption as the name suggests will encrypt the paid apps so they are securely delivered on the device. This feature will not work on older android versions.

Stay tuned for more on the Jelly Bean OS.

By Rajeev Rana

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