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Android 4.1 unveiled

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:04:23

Android 4.1, which is Google's latest major update to its mobile and tablet operating system, has made its first public appearance during a conference in San Francisco this week.

With the playful codename of Jellybean, Android 4.1 will replace the existing Ice Cream Sandwich iteration later in the year.

Google spokesperson, Hugo Barra, told attendees that 400,000 Android handsets were activated daily during 2011, but pointed out that this number of activations has risen to a million in any given 24 hour period in 2012.

Google has gone all out to make the Android user experience as smooth as possible, which is why it has named its efforts Project Butter. It effectively means that things like stutter and lag will no longer be as common, thanks in part to graphical tweaks and improved display refresh rate synchronisation.

Mr Barra pointed out that the majority of the time that a user spends with their phone is taken up interacting with the homescreen interface elements. For this reason, Google chose to focus its efforts on tightening up Android 4.1 in this area.

Of course it is worth pointing out that manufacturers like HTC and Samsung will definitely tinker with the interface in their own way, which means users might have to look to rival firms, if they want the true vanilla Android experience.

Alternatively, you could wait for the next Nexus-brand smartphone or choose an older Google model and wait for the Android 4.1 update to arrive.

As well as an overhauled keyboard system, Android 4.1 will allow users to dictate texts and emails to their phone, even when they are not connected to a data service. Far more about Android 4.1 will be revealed in the coming weeks, with the Nexus 7 tablet being the first device to officially sport it.




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