At the recently concluded Google I/O 2012, the search giant showed off its new Jelly Bean Android OS, which comes in the form of an update to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The keynote showcased some nifty features of the new operating system and also the Nexus 7, which is the first device to feature it.  However, AndroidGuys now points out a new permission feature on the Android developers page which wasn’t revealed at the Google I/O keynote. The Android developers page mentions a new permission option called ‘read external storage.The feature allows developers to turn on read access restriction and test their applications against how Android will behave in the future.

Activating at a breath taking rate

New read permission feature…

The Android Developer’s page reads, “Provides protected read access to external storage. In Android 4.1 by default all applications still have read access. This will be changed in a future release to require that applications explicitly request read access using this permission. If your application already requests write access, it will automatically get read access as well. There is a new developer option to turn on read access restriction, for developers to test their applications against how Android will behave in the future.

Reportedly, the permission may not be seen in 4.1.0, but is likely to appear in 4.1.1 and aims at higher security.

Here’s a quick look at some Android 4.1 features highlighted during its launch –

  • Project Butter – As the name suggests, this feature aims to make the operating system on devices extremely smooth.
  • Text Input – As mentioned earlier, with Jelly Bean, the keyboard is a lot faster and more accurate.
  • Camera – On the camera side of things, the new OS brings to the table new UI and gestures, allowing users to swipe sideways, if they want to access a gallery. It is also possible to delete images by swiping them off the screen.
  • Notifications – With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the notifications bar has also received an upgrade.

At the event, the search giant also took the wraps off their much anticipated Nexus 7 tablet. This tablet, manufactured by ASUS is not just designed to take on Apple’s highly successful iPad, but will also pose a stiff threat to the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google aims to tackle the competition better with its pricing strategy. The Google Nexus 7 tablet is available in two storage capacities, which are 8GB and 16GB and the brand has priced it extremely competitively around Rs. 11,000 and Rs. 13,000, respectively.

At the event, Google also introduced their new streaming player called the Nexus Q. Dubbed the world’s first social streaming media player, the Nexus Q streams your favourite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. You can simply use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and videos, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. Other updates announced included a major Google+ app update. The Android app has just received an update that includes a whole bunch of new features. One of the key features is Google+ Events, which allows users to add events, invite people and share photos and media in real-time at the location itself. There’s even a 'shared location' feature, where all the photos shot by the various attendees will be present at one place.  

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