Advanced Android users already know that the Android Operating System offers a lot of great features, giving smartphones and tablets powered by Android more options and greater flexibility. The newest version of Android, called Jelly Bean, is rich with new features that could solidify Android smartphones as the most advanced of all smartphones and related devices. Even if you have been using Android phones for years, there are a ton of new features that you can get excited about, and the following are just some of the notable developments that you want to learn about.
Android has always been well liked by users when it comes to notifications, but with the new Jelly Bean OS, Android has taken notifications to a completely different level for further flexibility and ease of use. With a redesigned notification shade and better organization, notifications are easier to act on…or not. You can act on notifications (or dismiss them) directly from the notification shade.
Google Chrome is now the standard on the Nexus 7, and it is better integrated with this new incarnation of the Android OS. “Project Butter” is responsible for Chrome’s better performance on all Android Jelly Bean devices; it is more fluid and will perform better with the web content users access with it. It features easy tab browsing, where a quick drag of the thumb lets you change tables. Advanced users will also enjoy customizing their browsing experience more, as the settings are not more consistent with the others you expect to see on an Android smartphone or tablet. For users who prefer the standard Android Browser, there is nothing to get worried about; it has been upgraded and optimized for Jelly Bean too.
If you into sharing, as most people are now, you will like the Android Jelly Bean Beam feature. Sharing is quick and easy, letting users share videos and pictures simply. In addition, Android Beam is helpful for advanced users who use peripherals with Bluetooth Simple Secure Pairing to get the most out of their experience with their smartphone or tablet; they simply need to tap the Android device and the other gadget together to pair them.
Offline Voice Typing
As more and more smartphone users are going hands-free, voice typing and other voice-powered accessories have become more and more popular. Usually, these voice services rely on a data connection, as the words that users speak are routed through a server and quickly transcribed back on the device. With Jelly Bean, voice typing is now something that is no longer reliant of voice typing. While a small innovation, this feature will impact what other smartphone makers and operating system developers do in the future.
Google Maps is, nothing new to Android smartphones, but the new developments that have come with Android Jelly Bean features are. Now, users are able to save Google maps accessed when there is a data connection for use when offline or when a data connection fails; this is particularly helpful for those who chose to use this feature as a main means of navigation. The app has further been optimized with a more accurate Compass Mode both for indoor and for street view. Zagat reviews and Google Offers are now integrated with the app. However, many will be most excited about the new walking directions for indoor locations.
Google now is not a personal assistant in the way that iOS’ Siri is, but it is a wealth of helpful information that will assist all users throughout their day. The device will show users “cards” as they move about with their devices, something particular handy for advanced users, power users, and those who are constantly moving about. In the morning, a “Weather card” will be displayed by Google Now to show current weather conditions. “Flight Cards” will show you flight information and traffic data for your trip to the airport if you had been searching for flights. A “Translation card” will help you translate words into a different language quickly when traveling in different countries. These are just some of the cards that Google Now generates, mainly working off of information gathered from your most recent searches.
Android Jelly Bean – The verdict
These are just a sampling of the new features that users will enjoy with the new Jelly Bean update. Advanced users who have been Android enthusiasts for some time will find that these and other new features and upgrades will make their experience with their smartphone or tablet easier, quicker, and more productive. Android Jelly Bean’s new security features, optimizations, and other new strides such as the new Google “Knowledge Graph” will make the user experience better and richer. It seems that all of the hard work, innovation, and smart design that went into Android Jelly Bean will only serve to endear it even further to fans and to win over even more new Android enthusiasts.
This article is written by Sara Carter who likes social networks, Google Android, cyberdefender and psychology.