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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 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.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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