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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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By WalksTheWalk on 6/22/2012 12:04:19 PM , Rating: 3
1. If you want to get more frequent updates, do your homework regarding the device and carrier you select. Not all devices, manufacturers and carriers are equal.

2. You're not going to get every update, period. Dell or HP doesn't give Windows 8 away for free just because you purchased a PC with Windows 7 on it, do they? Your Android phone manufacturer and carrier isn't going to give you every update either; especially major updates that change your experience a lot.

3. If you don't want to be stuck in the two year contract cycle, don't purchase a phone using that model. Purchase one outright and go on a month-to-month plan.

4. Vote with your dollars. There are options out there; find them and use them.

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