Android 4.1 Jelly Bean enriches several main features like notifications, Voice Search, and Android Beam. It also speeds up performance. It isn’t clear what you can and can’t say to Google’s voice search. Offline dictations are notably less accurate, and there are fewer camera modes in stock Jelly Bean.You won’t be left too far behind without it, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a worthy update that brings improved voice search, notifications, and sharing.
Google has made a few subtle changes to the OS interface, just enough for you to tell it’s a different operating system as soon as you unlock the phone. The unlock screen on stock Android 4.1 adds some animated rings around the unlock icon, and now lets you unlock to the Google Search app.
|Jelly Bean’s new lock screen gets some fizzy animation and a Google voice search shortcut.|
|You can now resize certain widgets, like Google+, Gmail, and the calendar.|
|Google’s new Song Search widget (above), and returned result.|
|You can do more than ever in the notifications pull-down in Jelly Bean.|
|At last! You can now swipe from the camera to see and interact with recently taken shots.|
|Offline dictation in Jelly Bean is riddled with errors.|
New to Jelly Bean is its ability to do these voice typing functions offline without a data connection. Unfortunately, offline dictation was less accurate when we tested in Airplane mode, with the Galaxy Nexus tripping up over sentences that it handled easily when its cellular or Wi-Fi radio was engaged.
|Voice search gets a promotion in Android 4.1.|
|You can also use voice commands to set an alarm, play music, and navigate.|
|Google Now has learned enough to recommend public transportation options.|
|Google Play will let you buy per episode, or the whole season, including future shows.|