Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Officially Announced, Available Mid-July For Galaxy Nexus Owners

Just a little over two hours ago, Google made Android 4.1 Jelly Bean a reality and the latest version of Android brings a bunch of new and improved features. Take a speedier interface, or a higher system frame rate and combine it with some architecture rework and you should have a smoother Android experience, smooth like “butter.”

Perhaps Google Now will interest you as a big addition for Android, which introduces something resembling a self-aware quality to Android devices. Google Now is “always one step ahead,” providing you transit information if you are nearby a train station or keeps you updated with sports scores in real-time. Google Now is part personal assistant, part awesome, part working to anticipate your next moves. I think the video below will help clarify exactly what Google Now is, and can do to improve your life.

Along with the speed improvements, Google adds a revamped home screen, improved keyboard and a full speech recognition system onboard each device. Jelly Bean adds Offline Voice Typing, which allows for voice typing sans web connection. Launching in the US first, other languages will be added soon. Speaking of voice search, Jelly Bean improves on voice searches with respondes to inquiries being returned “much faster.”

As for homescreen management, the ability to move widgets around busy homescreens is now included. Sliding a widget around will allow for icons to automatically rearrange themselves around the resized widget. Pretty nifty if you like a lot on your homescreen.

The notifications tray received a major overhaul, with expanded Gmail notifications including richer previews of your unread messages. Most apps can now be accessed straight from notifications, without having to open the native apps themselves. A new priority system in notifications will allow more space on top versus other notifications below. Music can also be handled straight from the notifications screen as well. Google describes Jelly Bean notifications as “actionable, they expand and collapse, and they’re customizable.” Awesome.

Jelly Bean will be hitting the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S sometime in mid-July. The source code will also be available in mid-July with the developer SDK being made available later today.

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  • Xavier

    damn….talk about smack in the face to the other new phones that just dropped…cough SG3 lol

    • Joshua Levi Davison

      Not to mention ics on the gs3 is a joke in comparison to sense/ics on htc one s. I work for t-mobile and started playing with our demo only to realize all of the shortcuts and speedy features were part of sense and not ics! Gs3 is a great phone but I really like sense.. I would consider using the next nexus series vanilla android though

    • kalel33

       C’mon.  Was it a smack in the face to the SG2 and HTC Amaze when they came out less than a month from when ICS came out?  Maybe the manufacturers should quit with all the skinning and put out phones that can get updates right away. 

    • Xavier

      it’s all a smack in the face…light, hard, soft.  can’t we enjoy a phone before another drops now a days?!

      i want to enjoy my phone is all i ask…and get updates!  lol

  • Xavier

    (jelly bean does sound nice though..but damn…)

  • jus-sayin

    So why get the galaxy s3 now it just came out and is already outdated so should we all just get the galaxy nexus it’s also cheaper now 350

    • Matlock

      specs wise the S3 is a better phone than the Galaxy nexus, but as far as software goes the unlocked HSPA GNexus is where its at!

  • Mattcat03

    Can’t wait for the update on my Galaxy Nexus. Bought the phone off contract from google play store relatively cheaper than those phone sold by the carriers.  Will not buy from carriers anymore just to play the waiting game and get stuck with old android version. Google will sell more phones this year and I can’t wait for that either.  

  • I_amdestined

    July 2013 if your on Verizon :-/

    And wft why did you bring back disqus

  • kresk

    Starting with Gingerbread, followed by some ice cream sandwich, and topped off with jelly bean! I couldn’t be any happier with my Nexus S!! Three different operating systems without having root! Thanks a million Google!

    • Symbro

      What 3 different operating system numb nuts? Clearly you don’t understand the device, thanks for bragging about something you hardly comprehend.

      • kresk

        Ok ok jeez. Cam down there cowboy. Why so bitter… Three different VERSIONS of androids operating system. And can’t a guy get excited anymore without being considered a bragger? … peace

      • None

        I believe that was a Tmo and Google COMPLIMENT.  We do not see many of those.  Enjoy it and calm down.

  • Awt

    Any hints on when the Galaxy S3 will get it?

    • Matlock

      sometime, next year! Thats why Im happy I have my Galaxy nexus, no waiting for updates! 

      • JB

        I’m LOVING my S3! But it pains that I might have to wait for an update. Good thing I rooted mine when I got it. So whenever a steady Jelly Bean rom is ready. I’ll just flash my phone… Or the Galaxy nexus is such a steal, I’ll just put some money aside for it!

  • Tatdude806

    Less than 5% of users are on ICS… Shouldn’t we get that situated before jumping to Jelly Bean?!?!?

    • Mattcat03

      ICS updates only applies to earlier phones with exception of google phones.  Eventually by next year the older phones bought pre ICS will get the update but most likely not see Jelly Bean.  It seems its a year or more later is the range for carrier branded phones to get the latest updates. Its not Google’s fault, blame the carrier. Only Google phones that has the proper hardware requirements will get the latest and greatest. That’s why I have the Galaxy Nexus and before this the HTC Nexus One.

      • Xavier

         we can blame google though for releasing new updates every year…*cricket* but seriously.  ice cream sandwhich isn’t even above 10% (users) yet.  at least let ics reach halfway gingerbread did, then release the jbean.  it feels that ics just dropped and hi, here’s the jelly bean.

        i agree too it is manufacturers…but damn…wait till ics is “common”.  when jelly bean drops, i swear, by easter, we’ve got “kringle”

    • Xavier

       i agree to that…overall

  • *guest*

    Start the countdown…when if will sg3 get jelly bean

    • Xavier

       lol good question

  • josue cifuentes

    so any non-google phones are getting jellybean (galaxy note for example?)