Android Rolls out the New 4.1 Operating System: Jellybean

Today Android announced the evolution of their operating system, Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean will be rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom devices in mid July.

There have been quite a few changes made to 4.1 in comparison to 4.0.  First, the home screen has been tweaked, adding some nice features like dynamically resizing widgets.  This means users no longer have to place it, resize it then move it to where you want if there isn’t enough room. And, in a nice slick touch, apps and widgets can be removed by flicking them off the screen, all the while you can shout, “get off of my phone!” Another extremely welcome touch, is the addition of offline voice input. Now you can tap the microphone and dictate a message even with the phone in airplane mode.

One of the more drastic updates is to the notification system. Alerts dynamically expand and shrink as they roll in, and pre-programmed responses are even integrated. When an MMS pops up you get a preview of the image and can even view full size without leaving the notification area. You can even +1 Google+ notifications and images from same UI.  Look for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to arrive in mid July.

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