At Google I/O today, the giant unveiled their latest version of the Android operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Yesterday, Google erected a statue of Jelly Beans at the Googleplex to add to the Android Operating System statues.
The first thing Google talked about is “Project Butter” – a number of enhancements to the touch responsiveness and the overal smoothness of the operation system UI and animations. It also brings the operating systems overall frame rate to 60fps.
Next Google demoed the new redesigned widgets that scale intelligently around other UI elements and the new Predictive Keyboard that supports voice input. There was also a demo of the redesigned notifications that Google explained are now fully customisable to your liking, they are alos expandable and collapsable.
Next, Execs gave a demo of the new notifications. They showed how the notifications expand to show more information as they reach the top of the list (such as sharing options and artwork related to the application), and how they can be expanded and collapsed via gestures. Google next showed off the updated voice search, similar to Siri for iOS.
Google then moved onto their “Google Now” feature, a search product of sorts that utilizes customisable cards such as “Sports” or “Flights” to keep you up to date with the information that is important to you and also provide assistant like services for you. For example, cards would provide up to date information based on your personal preferences and location- update travel information if you’re running late or give you sports scores for teams you like based on past google searches.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and the Nexus S as an OTA update (over-the-air update) in mid-July and the developer SDK is available today.