The Good Android 4.1 Jelly Bean enriches several main features like notifications, Voice Search, and Android Beam. It also speeds up performance.
The Bad It isn't clear what you can and can't say to Google's voice search. Offline dictations are notably less accurate, and there are fewer camera modes in stock Jelly Bean.
The Bottom Line You won't be left too far behind without it, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a worthy update that brings improved voice search, notifications, and sharing.
Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Google made a massive splash in more ways than one at its Google I/O 2012 developer conference. Not only did it unveil its new Nexus 7 tablet and entertainment device, it pulled the wraps off of the software powering it all, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Besides having a delicious name, Jelly Bean features a whole host of upgrades including smoother handling, a fresh look, a more intuitive UI, camera enhancements, and new voice search prowess rivaling Apple's Siri. Now we know many Android smartphone users are still stuck in Android 2.3 Gingerbread-land, yet to experience the joy of. Once you see what Jelly Bean can do, you'll want to hopscotch right past ICS and make Android 4.1 your mobile home.
Interface and unlock
Google has made a few subtle changes to the OS interface, just enough for you to tell it's a different operating system as soon as you unlock the phone. The unlock screen on stock Android 4.1 adds some animated rings around the unlock icon, and now lets you unlock to the Google Search app.
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