By Akansha Srivastava | Jun 27, 2012 11:45 AM EDT
Microsoft and Apple already having introduced their new versions of mobile operating system (iOS 6 and Windows Phone 8), it was quite logical to presume that Google will not sit back in the mobile device operating system platform. The highly acclaimed Android OS creator is now expected to provide details of the future Android version at its big developer's conference, Google I/O, starting Wednesday, i.e. June 27 in San Francisco.
It was only last week, when reports revealed that the company's next iteration of Android aka Jelly Bean would get the version number Android 4.1, instead of the highly rumored Android 5.0.
Well, Google has stayed quiet about the potential Android 4.1 update so far. However, on Tuesday, the company has seemingly confirmed the name of its next-generation Android operating system by erecting a Jelly Bean-themed statue right outside the company's Mountain View headquarters.
As Google does with every OS release, they unveiled a Jelly Bean statue on the front long of Building 44 on Google's campus, next to past OS statues. However, except for confirming the name, Google has not revealed any infomation on the version number of their upcoming OS.
On the other hand, recent reports suggest that the next version of OS is likely to be released in the second-quarter of the year on Google's flagship smartphone.
Meanwhile, though Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now expected to be unveiled just as a minor update, yet, it is likely to improve on some of existing features and bring user interface changes to the operating system.
Seeing that Google's current version of Android - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - has already brought in a huge amount of fresh functionality, a lot is expected from Jelly Bean. Here is a list of top features, which the consumers are expecting from the new Android mobile operating system.
Integrated Google Chrome: Android fans and techies are expecting that Google will integrate the Chrome browser with Jelly Bean that will give the users the same experience as the desktop version of Google Chrome. Analyst have predicted that Google will get rid of "Chrome Beta" and replace Android's current default browser with a full version of Chrome.
Google Voice Assistant: Voice recognition is currently the hottest feature on mobile devices, and with Google reportedly working on a new version of its voice assistant, which will rival Siri and Samsung's S voice, it would only make sense for Android's Jelly Bean to support this.
Updated Google Play: Currently the Google Play store is a mess -- full of junk apps and malware problems. The Android update should come with a clean-up, where only reliable apps show up in the top searches. We can also hope for better music and video content in the Google Play Store.
File manager: Past reports anticipated that Jelly Bean could come with an in-built File Manager that will enable users to easily organize their files and access them accordingly.
Battery Power: Although Android 4.0 ICS has great battery efficiency and power management, the Jelly Bean is expected to go a step further to improve the efficiency of the phone's battery and power management by allowing users to take more control over the services.
Efficient Upgrades: If rumors are to be believed, Google is expected to de-couple UI customizations from the Core OS to enable manufacturers to apply customizations to Stock AOSP Android in the minimum amount of time with which there will be faster release of updates and upgrades.
Jelly Bean Lite: Android OS definitely works efficiently on high-end dual-core phones. However, when it comes to lower end devices, the performance, reportedly, becomes very poor. Many users have also urged Google to release a lighter version of Android OS for midrange and lower end smartphones to rid themselves of the problem of performance of OS.
Rumors are already rife that Google will release a lighter version (Jelly Bean Lite) for smartphones with limited CPU and storage.
More Device Updates: With the backlog of Android updates, it would make sense for Google to roll out more phones and tablets that will support the new "Jelly Bean" update. Aside from the anticipated new tablet and phone, the Galaxy Nexus will likely be the first existing Android phone to get the update, and older devices will undergo long delays as seen with Android's Ice Cream Sandwich.
In addition, the new OS is also expected to come with a colorful theme, options in screen lock widgets, toggle switches and an enhanced upgrading process for Android devices.
Google Nexus Tablet
Besides the new OS, Google is highly rumored to launch its first tablet in the conference to battle against low priced tablet manufacturers like Amazon Kindle.
Last year, Google chairman Eric Schmidt revealed that the company was working on a tablet of the highest quality that would be released around the summer of 2012.
Current rumors swirling in the tech media world have hinted that the new Google tablet is being built by Asus and it is expected to command a price tag of $199.
The freshest report on the same has been circulated by Bloomberg, the folks over there have mentioned that the new 7-inch tablet will be the first device to show off Google's new Jelly Bean operating system.
Past reports from Gizmodo Australia also had posted images and specs of the rumored tablet, after obtaining an internal training document. They claimed in their report that the device will have a 1280 x 800 display, a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor with 12-core GeForce GPU and 1GB of RAM. Further, they also informed that the Asus-made Google tablet will be launched with the name of Nexus 7 and will be available with two internal storage options - 8GB and 16GB, priced at $199 and $249 in the U.S. respectively.
Additionally it was informed that Nexus 7 will also sport a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and will support a battery life of 9 hours. Moreover, features including NFC and Google Wallet, plus Android Beam are also expected to be integrated in the new Google-branded tablet.
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