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Android Jelly Bean: All the New Features


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#1 OFFLINE   Draconis

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:41 AM

Interesting, while I like the Siri-style search engine. Google Now promises to up the bar on what smart phones can do.

http://gizmodo.com/5...ns-new-features

The new version of Google's Android operating system is called Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It comes loaded with new features, including faster interface performance, a cleaner home screen and, what could be a killer app: Google Now.


Another article.

http://lifehacker.co...d-41-jelly-bean

Google announced the next version of Android, named Jelly Bean, today. It has a ton of improvements in notifications, speed and smoothness, and a new feature called Google Now that gives you useful real-time information based on where you are and what's coming up in your calendar.


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Posted 27 June 2012 - 12:37 PM

Interesting, while I like the Siri-style search engine. Google Now promises to up the bar on what smart phones can do.

http://gizmodo.com/5...ns-new-features



Another article.

http://lifehacker.co...d-41-jelly-bean

Cool beans. :D
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#3 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:57 PM

And how long will it take for JellyBean to reach a significant user base, especially on existing devices ?
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:10 PM

I can't even get an ICS update on my phone, let alone Jellybean.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:14 PM

And how long will it take for JellyBean to reach a significant user base, especially on existing devices ?


About the time they're up to the "M" update lol (Marshmallow maybe)

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:24 PM

I can't even get an ICS update on my phone, let alone Jellybean.


Aah... quit your griping! :P

I felt lucky managing to get up to Froyo on mine! ;) :D

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:39 PM

Aah... quit your griping! :P

I felt lucky managing to get up to Froyo on mine! ;) :D

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Yeah, but my phone just came on the market in Oct 2011 lol

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:47 PM

About the time they're up to the "M" update lol (Marshmallow maybe)


Or Marzipan. Maybe Nougat.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:49 PM

Yeah, but my phone just came on the market in Oct 2011 lol


Dude... you're rocking a dinosaur phone now! ;)

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:49 PM

The feature I'm most impressed with is off-line voice recognition and typing. That could come in very handy for folks who use it instead of the keyboard.

I have to imagine it's very CPU and memory intensive, though, so I suppose there will be minimum hardware requirements for it.

I also wonder if it'll work locally when you're online as well? If so, it will help with data caps, not having to ship an audio file to be recognized remotely.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:40 PM

Dude... you're rocking a dinosaur phone now! ;)

~Alan


Well, if Verizon would offer a better phone, I might bite lol It has to have 4G LTE, an actual physical keyboard, and at least a Super AMOLED screen or better. What are my options? lol

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:50 PM

It may look impressive (and I'm sure it is)...but wait till the carriers get it and make the usual mess of things.
Of course the "rooted" ones will be able to by-pass the usual carrier lag times.
I'll be keeping my eye on XDA Developers forum.

However new Nexus Tablet will have the pure Jelly Bean experience.
Thanks to Google search, people can appear to be smarter than they really are.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:07 PM

And how long will it take for JellyBean to reach a significant user base, especially on existing devices ?


Not sure how that matters.

I just bought a new Android phone 2 weeks ago with ICS. Will it ever get JB? Don't know, don't really care. I didn't buy it for what Android might do in the future, I bought it for what it's capable of now - and I'm happy with it so far.

Now, if it received JB, I'd accept it and be glad for it, but I rarely buy anything in anticipation of what it might do in the future.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:31 PM

Not sure how that matters.

I just bought a new Android phone 2 weeks ago with ICS. Will it ever get JB? Don't know, don't really care. I didn't buy it for what Android might do in the future, I bought it for what it's capable of now - and I'm happy with it so far.

Now, if it received JB, I'd accept it and be glad for it, but I rarely buy anything in anticipation of what it might do in the future.


I think that's the big thing to remember for the average user. I've told users that got a new iPhone that Apple would be announcing the next model within the next month etc. Generally they don't care.

Now, if say Verizon and Sprint had the same phone and one released Jellybean and the other didn't, that would upset more people, but only the ones that knew someone on that other carrier. Of course that wouldn't be any rooters.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:17 PM

I wonder what will be alphabetically next. Krispy Kreme?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:19 PM

I wonder what will be alphabetically next. Krispy Kreme?


Doubt it, that's trademarked.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:20 PM

I'm really looking forward to the enhancements to Notifications. The demonstration today showing how users can take action directly from the notification, without opening the app that spawned the notification, will be really convenient.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:23 PM

I wonder what will be alphabetically next. Krispy Kreme?

Kugel? (That would NOT make for a cool statue on Google's lawn.)

Honestly, when I first got into Android I remember seeing a list of the desserts that went out quite far, and from what I remember, I think K is supposed to be Key Lime Pie (KLP.) That's what I'm going with for now at least. :)

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:53 PM

Not sure how that matters.


It matter's tremendously to application developers.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:44 PM

I wonder what will be alphabetically next. Krispy Kreme?


Key Lime Pie
Licorice (I don't think Lemon Merengue)
Marzipan
Nougat
Orange Sherbert or Oatmeal Cookie
Peach Cobbler?


I'm sure some are wrong, but not Key Lime Pie.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:50 PM

It matter's tremendously to application developers.


Perhaps.

I would think developers would just create apps for the latest software. Eventually, everyone will get it or they'll be upgrading their device (what's the lifespan of a phone, 2 years?). And as I said, I usually buy things for what they are currently, not future apps, so wouldn't really bother me if some app in 6 months was only for JB.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:13 AM

It may look impressive (and I'm sure it is)...but wait till the carriers get it and make the usual mess of things.
Of course the "rooted" ones will be able to by-pass the usual carrier lag times.
I'll be keeping my eye on XDA Developers forum.

However new Nexus Tablet will have the pure Jelly Bean experience.


You can always buy an unlocked GSM (HSPA+) Galaxy Nexus directly from Google (just dropped price to $349) and have absolutely no bloatware and it's already getting JB today. The problem is that this means you are limited to AT&T, T-Mobile or one of the regional carriers like Cincinnati Bell.

Which leads to another point - the carriers and (I've recently learned) chip manufacturers also play a part in what phones get what OS when. Verizon is notorious for having a ridiculously tough (and costly) certification process before allowing a new device or OS onto their network.

Then you also have device manufacturers that want to put their skin on the OS and they have to do that development which takes time (and money). Which devices they decide to develop the OS for is a big factor in the whole process.

I'm currently running a leaked ICS ROM on my Bionic and it is flawless as far as I have seen in a week or so or running it. It even appears to have finally fixed the LTE/CDMA switching and data drops that have plagued this device from day one.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:19 AM

I'm really looking forward to the enhancements to Notifications. The demonstration today showing how users can take action directly from the notification, without opening the app that spawned the notification, will be really convenient.


That was the part that really struck a chord with me too. Just when iOS caught up to Android with regards to notifications Google is taking them to a whole new level! Being able to quickly send a note from a meeting reminder notification will be extremely handy and I love the idea of being able to end a call from a "Call in Progress" notification.

Of course project "Butter" looks very promising but ICS is already sooooo much smoother than GB on my Bionic that I can't imagine it getting much smoother. Higher resolution devices will probably see more of an improvement I would imagine. I'm also pleased that Moto has really scaled back their customizations (Blur) in ICS, it's hard to tell the differences from stock.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:44 AM

Perhaps.

I would think developers would just create apps for the latest software. Eventually, everyone will get it or they'll be upgrading their device (what's the lifespan of a phone, 2 years?). And as I said, I usually buy things for what they are currently, not future apps, so wouldn't really bother me if some app in 6 months was only for JB.


I think the bigger problem is that the lifespan of the phone is 2-3 yrs and the lifespan of the OS is 6-12 months with minimal legacy support. It's off putting to developers to spend a large effort across so many platforms AND OSs when there is little coordination for rollouts.

At some point there needs to be some consistency. It's the difference of a river full of boulders and one that is free of them.
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

Yesterday I downloaded the JB update for the galaxy nexus from XDA. My first impression was that the UI is smoother.

The Google Home feature is a nice addition. The voice is very impressive, just about human sounding. After asking a question, the response time is very fast. The one complaint that I have is with the cards, I wish I could manually set them up. The only card I have right now is for weather. I wounder how long it will take for it to learn that I take public transportation and baseball scores for the Rockies.

I haven't had a lot of notifications so I can't comment about it. Overall I think it's a good update for android.

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