The Google I/O conference has transpired unto what all we are all expecting it to be. The next version of Android took the spotlight with it being named as Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), a not-so major bump from ICS. And when I say “no-so” I mean considerable tweak in speed that could make the current version eat an ample amount of dust. 

Project Butter

This major enhancement in speed for Jelly Bean was conceptualized by a Google Project codenamed Butter which is comparable to its dessert/candy nomenclature. With this, the UI is expected to have the smoothness and responsiveness of a heated butter due to the liquification process on its surfaces. Technically, Google has made the vsync of the screen in a constant 60 frames per second.

Keyboard and Voice Commands

I can always say that Android has an edge over Apple with its keyboard software due to smart predictive input and dictionary. With Jelly Bean, the feature has never been this good. But the most important enhancement is that you can do Voice Typing even when you’re offline. This means that no data connection is required, with its performance independent of its speed. Google also taps Knowledge Graph and built-in voice recognizer for this feature.

Camera and Notifications

Jelly Bean brings new interface and gestures in the new camera environment. You can now swipe sideways to access gallery just like what you have in your WP smartphones, swipe left to jump to the picture that you just took and delete pictures by swiping away them off-screen. A revamped notification bar has been conceptualized with a more prominent looking clock. It also allows you to fetch notifications from various apps like Music, Gmail, etc. to be expanded without even opening the app. You can even do actions like +1 in the notification panel.

Google Search and Google now

This new improved search app poses a significant threat to Siri. The native Google search app now has a natural language commands. Google Now, another part of Google Search can show your public transport listings, flight information and sports results just the way you wanted it to be.

Android 4.1 codename Jelly Bean will be out in mid-July but the SDK preview is available right now for developers. Google also announced that the OS will be coming to Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and the recently announced Nexus 7 tablet.