The much-talked-about Google I/O 2012 saw the search giant unveiling the latest flavour of Android, Jelly Bean. However, while all the suspense surrounding the event has been done away with, it leaves just one last question – When will it come to our Android devices? Reportedly, Samsung is the latest one in the group to have commented on this (HTC did it last, according to a report by Pocketnow). Here's what Samsung revealed – “Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III, and is creating new device categories with products like the Galaxy Note. Samsung has delivered the most Nexus-branded lead OS devices and we are pleased that Google will be bringing Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S customers the first experiences of Jelly Bean on a handheld device.”
Samsung reveals its Jelly Bean plans
HTC's comment on their Jelly Bean adoption plans, according to AndroidCentral, read: “We are excited about Android Jelly Bean and are planning to support it across a variety of our devices. We are reviewing the software to determine our upgrade plans and schedule, so please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.”
Some of the highlighted features of the Jelly Bean OS, include:
- 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
Android's last flavour – Ice Cream Sandwich – is yet to reach several devices, and hence talk of Jelly Bean making it to devices seem to be too early in the day. Pocketnow's Stephen Schenck writes, “Even though Jelly Bean seems like a much less jarring transition than the Gingerbread-to-ICS step, and it’s likely we’ll see JB for a large number of phones already tapped for ICS, we can understand not wanting to commit too early lest a company have to go back on its word (like Sony and the Xperia Play ICS fiasco).”