With quite low % of penetration (lower than expected) of the ICS to the Android world, we start to hear more and more about the upcoming release of Android which should be called Jelly Beans (Android 4.1)
It is not yet official, but rumors state that the following features (At least part of them) will find their way into this new release.
One juicy but perhaps unlikely rumour is that Jelly Bean will run Windows 8 — in a dual-boot scenario that would allow Droid lovers to switch between Android and Windows – I really doubt this rumor!
Another mooted update to Android involves adding more gestures to the interface. Last year Google filed a patent that used a series of letter gestures to act as short-cuts — drawing the letter W, for instance, could be used as a quick way to fire up Wikipedia.
A more widespread prediction for Jelly Bean is that Google’s Chrome for Android browser will be integrated into the 4.1 OS– available now to ICS users — becomes the standard offering in the OS, rather than an additional download via Google Play.
Integrated built in File Manager app into the Android 4.1 is also expected.
Android 4.1 is also expected to introduce an improved KeyBoard with more ease of use features (e.g. – long key press on a key to switch to alternate characters and numbers.
Android 4.1 states to also be a “Better Battery, Power management and Faster OS” – Will wait and see.
The important thing which Google will try to improve is the timely releases of its OS updates, it has been quite a while since a release was made, in opposed to the 6 month release track which Google was hoping to offer.
Another thing is that Google will seek to compete with Apple’s Siri voice assistant with its own mouth interface addition – the new ‘Google Now’ should try and serve as a voice assistant starting Jelly Beans. And many Android users are also anticipating some kind of file manager application, to help manage what are becoming increasingly complex media machines, along with (hoped for) improvements on the battery and power management front, and a speedier way to get the latest version of Android.
P.S: The Next Next release of Android post 4.1 should be called Key Lime Pie (KLP) 🙂
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