Google’s newest and highly acclaimed operating system, better known as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has only just been launched, but already it is rolling out to devices on the market.
At a time when many smartphones are only just catching up with Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades, Android’s previous OS, it has been confirmed that Jelly Bean will soon be available on the HTC One X, One S and One XL. There are also rumours suggesting the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S3 will soon see a Jelly Bean upgrade. Unconfirmed reports indicate that testing is under way with the Galaxy S3 with the aim to bring Jelly Bean to this device in late summer. It is also possible that the older sibling of the S3, the Samsung Galaxy S2 may receive the Jelly Bean treatment, although this is also speculative.
What is certain is that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which when it was launched came with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board in its pure form (without any manufacturer skin overlaid) has already been the subject of a Jelly Bean upgrade. Samsung promises the same of the Nexus S although it would seem that the upgrade is slower to roll out to this device.
It is encouraging to learn that it is not just the premium smartphones we can expect to receive Jelly Bean upgrades. Some lower-end devices are also planning to upload Jelly Bean. The chip manufacturer MIPS is working to make the transfer to Android 4.1 possible with their processors.
It is not just smartphones which will benefit from Android 4.1. The Google Nexus 7 tablet will be shipped with Jelly Bean and other tabs will be upgraded to the latest Android OS, such as the Kindle Fire. Asus have also confirmed that their Tansformer Pads TF300 and TF700 will receive Android Jelly Bean.
So far there has been no word from Motorola or LG as to their plans for delivering Android 4.1 to their devices, but given the speed of other manufacturers to bring it on board they may be forced to make quicker progress.
Although Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has always been considered an excellent operating system, it is widely acknowledged that Android 4.1 has made significant technological advances. Project “Butter” has meant that Jelly Bean runs super smoothly. It uses touch to speed up the processor with the resulting rapid response and effective ability to multi-task.
Jelly Bean’s predictive keyboard is able to more accurately predict what you want to type than with ICS and with Jelly Bean it can remember regular mistakes and correct them accordingly. With Jelly Bean you can now do dictation offline so there is no more need to hook up to the Internet to do voice typing. Other features with Android Jelly Bean include Google Now which gives you personal alerts, Voice Command Google’s voice recognition software, better apps and widgets and more flexibility to personalise your device.
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean becoming increasingly widely available now might be a good time to recycle your old mobile and get your hands on one with the latest Android operating system.