The tasty Jelly Bean has just arrived in Android 4.1 from Google at today’s I/O event in San Francisco. It features the Project Butter user interface for smoother navigation through the OS, improved notifications, Google Now to keep you up to date on things you love, Offline Voice Typing, many new gestures throughout, and more.
This upcoming revision isn’t the most feature-packed thing ever, but the elements that have been improved are really getting a lot better than they were before. Google wants to make sure that all users can get app updates faster by using “smart app updates” that now download only what you need and not the entire app again. The concept is similar to Apple’s delta updates in the Mac App Store.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be available in mid-July, along with the Google Nexus 7 tablet, on the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, and Nexus S. It will be distributed as an over-the-air update to users of all three devices and is expected to come to other manufacturers’ hardware later in the year. As usual, there are no guarantees on when it will actually make it to your specific device as all manufacturers vary on when they release updates. Some take forever, while others are speedy.