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Andoid 4.1 Jelly Beans


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Google has come up with yet another version of Android i.e. Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean which is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. Jelly Bean came with improved simplicity and old but the golden beauty of Android 4.0, also introduces a new & great feature of Google search.

Key Features for users & developers :

# Fast & Smooth but Responsive

It is fast, smooth & responsive at the same time due to consistent framerate.

# Expandable but actionable notifications

Now you can take action directly on to the notifications. And because they’re expandable you can get an even deeper look into the things that matter most, like multiple emails or photos on Google+.

# Magical Widgets

It is very easy now to personalize your home screen with Jelly Bean. As soon as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room Also when they’re too big in size, widgets magically resize on their own.

# Fast snapping & sharing

Snapping was much faster with Android 4.0 but Android 4.1 Jelly Beans made it much more faster than ever before. You can simply swipe over camera to filmstrip view to instantly view the photos you just captured, and quickly swipe away the ones you don’t like. Now sharing and bragging just a fun.

# Smart Keyboard

Android 4.1 has smart keyboard which supports text prediction with accurate dictionary. Now you can type using Voice typing because improved TTS (Text To Speech) support, and no data connection is required means you can voice type anywhere.

# Accessibility

Jelly Bean has introduced a great new feature of ‘Gesture Mode’ because of which blind users can navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures n combination with speech output, it also supports accessibility plugins to enable external Braille input and output devices via USB and Bluetooth.

# Android Beam

Now Jelly Bean allows you to easily share your photos, videos, contacts, web pages, YouTube videos directions, and apps with just a simple tap. You just need to touch two NFC-enabled Android devices back-to-back then tap to beam to another device with instantly pairing them to Bluetooth.

# Improved Google Search

The Jelly Bean has come up with fast Google Search with enhanced look & feel. Now Google supports voice search also.

# Bi-Directional Text

Jelly Bean supports displaying bi-directional text (i.e. left-to-right or right-to-left) in TextView (i.e. Label) & editing text in EditText (i.e. Textfield).

# Internationalization (i18n)

Now Android 4.1 supports many more languages like Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. And new Emoji characters from Unicode version 6.0, better glyph support for Japanese users(renders Japanese-specific versions of glyphs when system language is set to Japanese), Arabic glyphs optimized for WebViews in addition to the Arabic glyphs for TextViews Vertical Text support in WebViews, including Ruby Text and additional. Also Vertical Text glyphs; Synthetic Bold is now available for all fonts that don’t have dedicated bold glyphs.

# Discover new input device attached or removed

In Android 4.1, now Apps can register broadcast to be notified when any new input devices are attached or removed, by USB, Bluetooth, or any other connection type. This information cam be used to change the state or capabilities as and when needed. For example, a game could receive notification that a new keyboard or joystick is attached, indicating the presence of a new player.

Source : Official Android Site

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Timeline of Android

Objectives :

  • What are the different versions of Android?
  • What is the timeline of Android?
  • What is the roadmap of Android?
  • What is Cupcake
  • What is Donut
  • What is Eclair?
  • What is Froyo?
  • What is Gingerbread?
  • What is Honeycomb?
  • What is Ice Cream Sandwitch?
  • What is Jelly Beans?

Following is the timeline for Android versions :

  • ›  Android 1.0 Beta : 5 November 2007
  • ›  SDK : 12 November 2007
  • ›  V 1.0 : 23 September 2008
  • ›  V 1.1 :  9 February 2009

Since April 2009, each Android version has been developed under a codename based on a dessert item as follows :

  • ›  V 1.5 Cupcake : 30 April 2009
  • ›  V 1.6 Donut : 15 September 2009
  • ›  V 2.0 Éclair : 26 October 2009
  • ›  V 2.1 Éclair : 12 January 2010
  • ›  V 2.2 Froyo : 20 May 2010
  • ›  V 2.3 Gingerbread : 6 December 2010
  • ›  V 3.0 Honeycomb : 22 February 2011
  • ›  V 4.0  Ice Cream Sandwich : 19 October 2011
  •   V 4.1 Jelly Beans : 9 July 2012

Future Versions :

The next major upgrade of Android is expected to be released very soon.