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Android 4.1 JellyBean announced, will show benefits of user tracking
It hasn't been that long since Google wowed the world with Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandiwch. Things in the smartphone world are always moving, so Google is now focused on taking its popular mobile operating system to the next level with Android 4.1 Jellybean.
According to statements from Google's I/O conference, JB will fall within Google's Project Butter, aimed at making Android "smooth as butter". According to Google, JB will reach a very constant 60fps. Google have shown a comparison to Ice Cream Sandwich and the differences were very noticeable.
Other planned improvements include home screens with widgets that resize automatically, a 3D carousel for the photo viewer, much more interactive notifications allowing you to like and +1 content right from the notification. The ever-annoying text correction has been revamped as well - the demo showed that it takes context into account before correcting the words. Typing can now be done with offline voice input.
Perhaps the most "Googly" feature of all is Google Now, which should really show the users why being tracked is not a bad thing. It tracks your usage of Google apps (Navigation, YouTube etc) in the past and helps you with what you're doing or are going to do. For example, it can memorize your favorite sports team from Google searches and automatically bring them to you.
Looks like Google is bringing something really new to the table this time around. With rumors of Kinect coming to the next version of Windows Phone, Apple and RIM have their work cut out for them.
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