The new Android operating system, Jelly Bean, featured in Nexus 7 tablet has many new features that makes it distinguishably different from its previous versions. There are enhancement that make the OS run very smooth on the tablet. The OS is considered to be the fastest and smoothest free version of Android yet. Hence here is a look at the 20 best features of new OS version that will blow you away.
- This will give users a more fluid experience across all platforms, from tablets to smartphones and even the Chromium OS on netbooks.
Triple buffering in the graphics pipeline
- This means more power for gaming, applications, and web browsing. Nothing bad about that, right?
- Jelly Bean will include some minor usability updates which should make general navigation less of a headache overall
Bi-directional text and other language support
- This is a tool that developers can utilize in order to create a link between themselves and their customers.
User-installable keyboard maps
- Customizable keyboard which can contain any characters you want, based on input.
- The notification bar has always been a welcome sight on Android, but now you’ll be able to view pictures, videos, and messages right from the drop down menu itself.
Ability to turn off notifications on an app specific basis
- And even though we may love our notify bar, it can get a little “squawky” at times. Now we can decide who we want to hear from, and change who gets the privilege of buzzing our phone out loud
Shortcuts and widgets resize
- Home screens will become more individual than ever, with re-sizable widgets being added to the long roster of new features that will be available soon.
Bluetooth data transfer for Android Beam
- One of the coolest new features is the ability to transfer files and folders over Bluetooth to any local phones, instantly as long as both phones are upgraded to the new firmware.
Offline voice dictation
- This feature will allow you to create notes, calendar events, and text messages without actually being online, as the entire voice program is now loaded on the device itself and won’t require a connection in order to make the calculations.
New interface layout for tablets with smaller screens
- Google wants to clear up any confusion that might be happening when people use Android phones and tablets together in the same stretch of time. The jaunting difference between interfaces makes for a rather uncomfortable switch, so Google is setting out to minimize this with their new universal layout.
Improved voice search
- Voice search happens at a much more natural pace this time around, understanding your words and moving briskly along from home/lock screen to Internet within a few short seconds.
Improved camera app
- The camera is also noticeably quicker, getting you the snapshot timing you need when the moment is happening and the only thing holding you back is how fast your phone can boot an application.
- For properly equipped devices, this NFC-enabled wallet will be able to manage all your transactions from the air. This means nothing more than a tap of your phone will be required from participating retailers at the checkout, a feature long available to Asian markets, but is something that is just now picking up steam in the West.
High resolution Google plus contact photos
- Users will now be able to sync their contact photos in up to 720×720 resolution, so your friends and family’s faces can show up on the front screen in all their hi-res glory.
- Google Now is a great new feature which is essentially the notifications bar on steroids, ramping the up-to-the-minute lifestyle up to 11, and keeping you in the loop on everything; from doctors appointments to sports scores to weather reports.
- Jelly Bean will be able to simulate 5.1 surround off a stereo chip, much like the Yamaha sound bars can create the same effect from a central point in a room.
USB audio for external sound DACs
- This will open up many possibilities for portable music applications, as more and more DJ’s are adding iPads and Galaxy Tabs to their lineup of machinery on stage.
Audio chaining aka gapless playback
- This is something that Apple essentially pioneered several years ago on their classic iPods, but that doesn’t make it any less necessary on Android devices that are available now. We like to listen to a lot of music on portable gadgets, and they need to provide the most seamless and intrusion-free experience as possible if they wanted to be rated in the top tier.
- This is perhaps the biggest change that’s coming, but you won’t notice it until you actually get your hands on the thing. It’s something the engineers at Google have been trying to accomplish for years, and with this release they finally have; the lag is no more. Now the user can’t feel a separation between themselves and the device that used to exist, and sensitive interactions can be recognized on a purely organic basis.