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Android 4.1 is expected to be revealed at Google I/O

When it comes to smartphone operating systems, it appears as though all the major players are preparing updates. Apple recently revealed iOS 6. Microsoft this week took the wraps off Windows Phone 8. Beleaguered RIM is hoping to right its sinking ship with the BlackBerry 10 OS.
 
Not to be left out, Google is readying its follow-up to Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Google's next operating system release was hinted at today via a slip-up on Google Play. The site listed the Galaxy Nexus smartphone as being available with Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". The listing also notes that the OS is arriving “soon”, so all signs are pointing to it being announced next week at the Google I/O conference.

 
Nobody knows what Google has planned for the OS update, but we should expect to see Chrome take center stage as the primary browser for Jelly Bean instead of being a seperate download. Given the 4.1 designation for Jelly Bean, don't count on a drastic overhaul of the operating system -- it looks as though we'll have to wait for Android 5.0 for that to happen. 

Source: Droid-Life



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RE: what was the point of this article?
By haukionkannel on 6/21/2012 6:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
Article said that there will be very little new, so this is more like polished version of ice cream, nothing more.
Hopefully less bugs and faster responces...


By WalksTheWalk on 6/22/2012 10:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
I hope they also combine the app space and storage space into the same partition and just make the storage folders available to browse via the file system. This would make the overall storage space usage more efficient and flexible.

Out of the box DLNA support baked into the OS would also be a big win for sharing content with other devices; especially for high-definition video.


RE: what was the point of this article?
By Sivar on 6/22/2012 11:20:12 AM , Rating: 3
Only Google has the resources to figure out how to polish ice cream.


RE: what was the point of this article?
By Samus on 6/22/2012 12:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
Is it me or should they be focusing on their partner's instead of pushing forward on a new OS when the majority of Android devices are still running 2.2 and 2.3? There are only THREE phones currently shipping with ICS, so what good does 4.1 do if nobody is going to be running it?

This is like Microsoft pushing forward on Windows 8 when the majority of people are still running Windows 98 with no upgrade path. And yes, from a kernel and UI level, ICS and Gingerbread are THAT different, although only two generations apart.


RE: what was the point of this article?
By Trisped on 6/22/2012 4:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
It takes time for hardware to be developed for a new platform or OS. You could develop your device based on the beta builds (if they are available) but that requires a large investment in something which will probably change 1000 times before it finally makes it to product.

I expect we will see a lot more ICS phones around Christmas with maybe a phone or two running 4.1 (though phones will be in development which run 4.1). Also remember that companies are selling older Android phones at the feature phone price level. These phones running 2.2 and 2.3 are using older hardware, not designed for 4.0, but are also a lot cheaper.

As for Microsoft, when they release a new OS, they discontinue the older one. As soon as Vista came out you could no longer get XP. As soon as 7 came out you could no longer get Vista, even if you wanted it. The chance of a user being on XP and wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 and their hardware supporting it is very low.


RE: what was the point of this article?
By zephyrprime on 6/25/2012 2:29:04 PM , Rating: 2
Oh really? If it costs that much how is it that a group which makes no money like CyanogenMod is able to make ICS updates for many devices which do not have official ICS build available and for free? The truth is that it does't cost much money or time to port ICS at all if you already have a complete knowledge of the device (which manufacturers do) and you already have a working version of Android 3.x. The reason manufacturer's don't release ICS for their existing devices (excluding really old devices that can't handle it) is because there is no profit motive to do so. Not having the new os available on the existing handsets just provides and additional reason to get users to upgrade to their new handsets. Also, a company won't even spend small amounts of money to adapt the new os because they simply won't spend even small amounts of money unless they can make a profit doing so.

Also, XP was sold for a long time (years) after Vista came out. Microsoft usually continues selling the old OS even after the new one comes out for a while. XP was sold for a long time though because Vista sucked so much.


By trisct on 6/25/2012 3:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
But how many people would put up with updates to their devices that didn't support the GPU, or the microphone, or the camera...?

CM9 is a great effort, but don't talk about it like it is a polished product. It focuses on the main OS, but its the peripherals that take more time and effort to bake in.


By AmyLadybug on 6/24/2012 11:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
Is this Sivar from PH?!


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