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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Features (Which Ones Matter)

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Google announced their latest OS yesterday with the name of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean and it comes with a range of new features. The update will go out to certain handsets in July, which include the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and XOOM from Motorola. The upcoming Nexus 7 is of course already running the new OS. Here are some of the highlights of the new features which we think are the most important.

Top Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features

Jelly Bean is said to be the most impressive Android version ever on a performance level. Triple buffering has been added in the graphics pipeline along with extended sync timing and Google have even put in some crazy but intuitive tech when it comes to touch responsiveness. These improvements have the name of Project Butter.

Notifications have gotten better and these now display more information than ever. Using two fingers users can swipe to expand or collapse notifications and it even performs some actions without having to open another app. This is something that no other OS has come close to matching.

Google Now and voice search are additions to the OS that makes voice searching easier and which shows off an app that is very much like Siri. As with Siri you can ask questions and you get the answers. Users can also use it like a virtual assistant as the app will provide you with information based on such as your location and the time of day and previous searches you have made. Users have access to cards, with info such as weather, calendar, navigation routes and sports score. The interface is very well designed and beautiful.

Widgets on the handset are now resizable and when you drag them other widgets move out of the way to make room for them. Contact photos are now in high resolution and what’s better is that Gmail, along with other apps will not overwrite them.

There are two functions that are new which revolve around NFC. One of these allows you to share videos and photos by touching another NFC enabled handset while the other allows you to connect to devices that are NFC Bluetooth ready, by tapping your device against them.

The Android browser has gotten better too with HTML5 video, better rendering speeds and improved text input, there is also better Javascript performance and a whole lot more.

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