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Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) Highlights from Google I/O 2012

Posted on 7/11/2012 by A.A.I

Just a few days ago the 5th Google I/O kicked off. Android developers and engineers took to the stage to bring us the latest and greatest on all things android. Most importantly of which is the latest version of Android. 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. But before we dive right into the features of the latest Android build lets Take have a run through of some of the highlights from the day 1, Google I/O keynote.


  • 400 Million total activations to date.  
  • 1 Million android devices activated every day.
  • "That's about 12 new devices every second every day."

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean:

Project Butter
  • vysnc - For consistent framrates, everything runs in lockstep against a 16 millisecond vsync heartbeat. 
  • triple buffering - added to the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering, making everything smoother.
  • touch responsiveness - reduces touch latency, synchronicity with vsync timing and anticipating where your fingers will be at the time of the screen refresh.  After inactivity applies a CPU input boost at the next touch event to avoid latency. 
Improved Homescreens - Widgets dynamically resize and respond to icons and available space on homescreens. Making managing your homescreen easier than ever. 
New Google Search experience. - offline voice typing, predictive keyboard
Input Languages - 18 new input languages
Accessibility - gestures and integrated brail support.
Camera - On the fly video and photo viewing. Swipe to view photos you just took while in the camera app. 
Android Beam - now includes photos and video. Simple Bluetooth pairing, just tap together.
Voice search - Powered by the Google Knowledge Graph. Now speaks back to you. And understand natural speech. 

Notifications - 

Actionable notifications -  No longer need to launch the app to deal with each notification. Return missed calls straight from the notification tray, +1 posts from Google +, comment on foursquare post All straight from the tray.  You can also
Expandable - notifications now can be expanded to show more information and content. 

Google now

"Smart phones are only as smart as you tell them to be. They rely on you to do everything. You have to enter a search query, type in a street address and ask for traffic in a particular area....Google now  gets you just the right information at just the right time."  Using search history, location history and your calendar to do this automatically. 

Traffic -  Learns your daily commute and can give you a faster route when you're in traffic. 
Public Transit - When you're near a bus stop or on a platform in a subway Google now can tell you when the next bus or train will arrive.
Places - Google now will show you places of interest as you walk.  And highlight notable info about places you enter.
Next Appointment - Helping you get where you need to be on time.  When you have a calendar event Google now will tell you when to leave based on where you need to be and how long it will take to get there based on local traffic information and how you plan to travel.  
Flights - Keeps you up-to-date on the status of your flight. Notifies you of any delays. When traveling provides interactive cards for conversion and translation.
Sports - based on your search info will keep up-to-date with real-time news and scores on your favorite teams. 

Google Play

  • 600K apps and games with 20 Billion installs. 
  • Worlds larest EBook collection with over 4 million tittles. 
  • Apps are available in 190 countries with 50% of app revenue coming from in-app billing. 
  • App Encryption
  • Smart app updates - deliver only parts of the apk that have changed. 
  • Movies now available for sale.
  • Tv shows now available per episode or by season. 
  • Magazines coming to google play. Including premium publications via subscriptions or single issue. 
  • Added support for 20+ additional languages.

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