Xavier Lanier at Gotta Be Mobile has had the golden opportunity to test drive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, despite the fact is doesn’t officially launch until mid-July. His report states that the updated OS is very similar to its predecessor but with some significant updates that do give it the edge on Apple’s iOS 6 which is rumored to rollout alongside the iPhone 5 later this year.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update improvements
Performance: As displayed in Google’s promotional video for “Project Butter”, the device did actually prove to be far smoother on Jelly Bean, and Lanier states “the Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean feels like it’s on steroids compared to my other Nexus that runs Ice Cream Sandwich.”
Google Now: This is a feature which also proved very impressive. It stores information on your behavioral habits, preferences, etc, and helps you plan your day by telling you the weather forecast and so on. However it builds up this information over time and therefore is not something you can use immediately.
S-Voice: This sounds far more pleasing to the ear than Apple’s Siri which is a robotic voice. It also gives you the closest results it can find if nothing matches exactly, rather than Siri which just will not answer if it does not know the exact answer.
In addition to getting a speed boost, the transition effects look more refined and give the Samsung Galaxy Nexus extra finesse. It will be intriguing to see how they do compare with consumers when they are both officially out.