Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update – What’s In It For Me?

Every wonder what Android Jelly Bean has in store for you? For starters, I can tell you that it retains the tasty elements of Ice Cream Sandwich. Like any update however, many old features that were introduced on ICS and previous versions were improved. Jelly Bean can’t be considered a major update but that doesn’t mean it offers no changes on your overall user experience.

As a matter of fact JB promises better performance, efficiency, and functionality for users expecting an update. On top of its buttery upgrades, Jelly Bean brings with it two new features that exemplify practicality and innovation.

1. Faster performance. Jelly Bean was built to be faster than the already-slick Ice Cream Sandwich. Once you update to JB, expect little to no lags at all.

2. Polished user interface. In addition to better performance, Google managed to cram a more polished version of ICS on Jelly Bean. You can immediately see this slightly improved UI from the notifications drawer.

3. Improved notifications. There’s really no complaining how Google made smartphone use easier with notifications. It was so good that Apple went ahead and implemented a similar feature on iOS5. With Jelly Bean, the notifications system was further improved. Now you can expand individual notifications and see more about the email or message you just received. Google also adds shortcuts to actions directly from the notifications drawer – like Call Back and Send Message for the call you just missed.

4. Offline voice search. The biggest flaw of Siri was that it required an active internet connection. The new voice search on Jelly Bean eliminates that need. Google compressed the voice transcription software so you can use it even when you are offline.

5. Better Android Beam. Initially launched for Ice Cream Sandwich, the app enjoys more functionality on Jelly Bean.

Now you can use Bluetooth to share images, videos, and other files.

Before, Android Beam was limited to NFC-enabled devices but this recent update broadens its scope to more users.

6. Efficient app updates. Prior to Jelly Bean, entire applications were replaced when updated via the Google Play Store. Updating apps therefore took a lot of time. Now, Google says only changes will be delivered to your phone OTA for faster app updates. If you have high speed internet as advised by Broadband Expert, you are guaranteed of shorter update times.

7. Consistent experience for everyone. Whether you have a smartphone or a tablet, Jelly Bean promises a unified experience that doesn’t change no matter which device you use. This is perhaps to clean up the mess they made with Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

8. Smarter predictive keyboard input. Type one or two words and Jelly Bean will send forth smart guesses on your next word before you even start typing it.

9. Google Now. The service predicts what you need based on your habits and interests, and then provides the information you need in a beautiful layout.

To launch the service simply swipe up on your home screen and all the information needed throughout the day will be displayed separately on cards. Apart from predicting what you need,

Google Now aims to help out with your daily routines by giving suggestions on which tasks you should do first. These suggestions are based on incoming information from the internet as well as your search history.

10. Block spam on notifications. Ever get those spam messages on your notifications drawer? Jelly Bean gives users the option to find out which apps push these annoying spam messages. After finding that out, you can now block them by disabling app notifications.

Author biography: Judene Macariola enjoys writing informative articles on technology, health, and lifestyle. He also writes for his business at Broadband Expert, a consultation business that offers advice on internet companies.

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