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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 quiksilvr on 6/22/2012 9:15:29 AM , Rating: 2
That always confused the hell out of me. Why wasn't the Android Browser just Chrome the whole time? You know, like a separate app like GMail, Maps or YouTube that can be upgraded regardless of what the OS is on the system.

Only problem now is that the new Chrome browser has no flash support, which kinda sucks because not all YouTube videos are mp4 and some videos don't even show up in the YouTube app: you NEED flash to see some of these.


By WalksTheWalk on 6/22/2012 10:22:18 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Chrome on Android in its current beta state. It needs some more work before it can compete with the default ICS browser.

It needs to have page render options and website specific render options. The default page render isn't nearly as good as the stock browser. It also needs smoother scrolling transitions. It frequently whites out the page while scrolling.


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