Google today announced the next version of Android OS 4.1 earlier today called Jelly Bean at Google I/O which will be much more faster and smoother animations throughout the system with a project called “Project Butter” which optimizes the graphical performance for smoother Android experience. Some of the new feature in Android 4.1 include offline voice recognition, auto arranging icons and a predicting keyboard.
Here are some of the new features listed on the Android Developer site:
Faster, Smoother, More Responsive
- Enhanced Accessibility
- Support for International Users
- Bi-Directional Text and Other Language Support
- User-installable keymaps
- Expandable notifications
- Resizable app widgets
- Simplified task navigation
- Easy animations for Activity launch
- Transitions to Lights Out and Full Screen Modes
- New types of remoteable Views
- Live wallpaper preview
- Higher-resolution contact photos
New Input Types and Capabilities
- Find out about devices being added and removed
- Query the capabilities of input devices
- Control vibrator on input devices
- Animation and Graphics
- Vsync for apps
- New animation actions and transition types
New Types of Connectivity
- Android Beam
- Wi-fi Network Service Discovery
- Wifi-Direct Service Discovery
- Network Bandwidth Management
New Media Capabilities
- Media codec access
- USB Audio
- Audio record triggering
- Multichannel audio
- Audio preprocessing
- Audio chaining
- Media Router
The Android 4.1 SDK has been released to the Android Developer Network as well.
Android 4.1 also adds triple buffering in the graphics pipeline, for more consistent rendering that makes everything feel smoother, from scrolling to paging and animations.
Android 4.1 reduces touch latency not only by synchronizing touch to vsync timing, but also by actually anticipating where your finger will be at the time of the screen refresh. This results in a more reactive and uniform touch response. In addition, after periods of inactivity, Android applies a CPU input boost at the next touch event, to make sure there’s no latency.
But with this quick update of Android operating system when most devices are still waiting for an upgrade to an older operating system will add to the Android fragmentation which has been plaguing the system for long time. And its for sure that this is going to add to the agony of the developers who have to support so many devices with different operating systems at the same time.