Google I/O today has announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android system software at developers conference in San Francisco. It is described as “fastest and smoothest” mobile operating system till date. Google has also reviled that it has more than 400 million Android devices activated world wide, four times as many as last year, 1 Million Android devices activated each day and has growth rate of 12 machines every second.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with improved system performance and enhanced user features including smoother and more responsive UI across the system, more powerful predictive keyboard, home screen that automatically adapts to fit your content and much more.
Some of the other features include Bi-Directional text and other additional languages include Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam, New ways to create beautiful UI, larger and richer notifications, automatically resize widgets, Higher resolution contact pictures, Easy animation for activity launch, New media capabilities and more.
[box_dark]”Google Now gets you just the right information at just the right time, and all of it happens at the right time,” said Hugo Barra director of product management, For example, “Google Now figures out when you commute from home to work and back, tells you how long your commute takes usually, and give you a faster route if there’s lot of traffic. On public transit, if you’re on the platform at a subway, Google tells you wen the next bus or train will arrive.
Barra added, “People spend a lot of time on the home screen with Android” to that end, Jelly Bean offers a much improved user experience when interracting with and customizing the home screen.”[/box_dark]
Jelly Bean will be available mid-July with a developer SDK.
Google launched the following at Google I/O today for Google Play:
Smart app updates
For Android 2.3, Gingerbread devices and up, when there is a new version of an app in Google Play, only the parts of the app that changed are downloaded to users’ devices. On average, a smart app update is a third the size of a full apk update. This means your users save bandwidth and battery and the best part? You don’t have to do a thing. This is automatically enabled for all apps downloaded from Google Play.
From Jelly Bean and forward, paid apps in Google Play are encrypted with a device-specific key before they are delivered and stored on the device. We know you work hard building your apps. We work hard to protect your investment.
Google Cloud Messaging for Android
This is the next version of C2DM and goes back to Froyo. Getting started is easy and has a whole bunch of new APIs than C2DM has to offer. If you sign-up for GCM, you will be able to see C2DM and GCM stats in the Android developer console. Most importantly, the service is free and there are no quotas.
Other new features announced included:
- The ability to connect an Android phone to another bluetooth device such as a speaker system by tapping them together.
- App upgrades that only require amended code to be downloaded and installed rather than the whole program.
- Offline map viewing to allow users to download entire city maps, designed for trips where lack of coverage, or high data costs, are an issue.
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