Google has finally taken the wraps off its newest software, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The software will be coming with a number of new features. Some of those features are going to be fairly big changes and some of them are going to be pretty small.
In fact. many Android users won’t care about all of the stuff that Google has packed into Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
That being said, we’ve rounded up the five features that we believe that Android users will be using the most once Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rolls out to their devices.
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, widgets will automatically re-size on the home screen. Widgets will re-size themselves around other widgets to save space on the screen. Users will also be able to manage the size of the widgets themselves as well.
This is going to be extremely useful for those that deal with cluttered home screens and considering how many application are out right now and how many more are on the way, this is an issue that likely affects many Android users.
So, say goodbye to that pesky notification that tells you that there is no more room for a widget.
New Notification Features
Google has added some pretty nifty features for Notifications with Android 4.1 that will surely be used by most, if not all, Android users. Notifications are now customizable and they also can expand and collapse.
Notifications will expand to show more information about the things that users care about. For instance, with GMail, users see expanded messages. In addition, Calendar notifications can be snoozed, Google+ photos show up in Notifications, and Quick Responses can be easily accessed.
All of these are extremely useful and will be used by Android users on a daily basis.
Offline Voice Typing
For those that utilize their Android device as a way to dictate, things just got a whole lot easier. With Jelly Bean, users will be able to talk into the microphone and the software will record everything everything that the user says.
The best part of that though is the fact that users can dictate offline. This is extremely useful for those that travel without internet but need to get work done on the plane or on the train.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean brings a powerful new Voice Search tool that uses Knowledge Graph to pull search results. There is a new UI and the service is much faster than it has ever been.
During a demo at Google I/O, the search was demonstrated to have a very life-like sounding voice that answered queries in a timely and informative fashion.
It looks impressive and will probably convince many Android users to start using the Voice Search on a more frequent basis.
Last but not least, Google Now. Google Now might actually be the most impressive feature baked into Android 4.1 and it might just end up being the service that Android users start to rely on most.
Google Now is a part of the overhauled search experience and it will use the actions of Android users to figure out what they want. Google provided specific examples including scheduling events, flights and transportation.
For example, Android will learn travel routes based on searches and then use that information to relay traffic information automatically. It will also offer updates on flights for users that have searched for a specific flight.
Google Now can also relay information about sports scores.
This appears to be an extremely useful function and a real competitor to Apple’s Siri.