Today, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) unveiled its new Android 4.1 code named Jelly Bean during the company’s I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco. The search engine giant showed off the smoothness of Jelly Bean’s animation system. The company demonstrated a more improved visual, touch responsiveness and a new search experience.
A high-speed camera measures Jelly Bean’s touch response and its new keyboard predicts the words you are trying to type. The keyboard also supports voice-typing offline, allowing users to type without data connection.
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Google also announced that it is preparing to add voice inputs in English and other languages such as Hindi, Thai and Farsi as well as support for external Braille adapters. In addition, the search engine giant also introduced improvements to the Google Beam including the ability pair with certain devices such as an NFC enabled speakers and the ability to transfer photos and videos through tap.
Furthermore, the company also announced that the company already sold 400 million Android devices and the number of Android devices activated per day increased from last year’s 400,000 to current $1 million. Hugo Barra, Google’s director of product management said, “Four hundred million is a pretty huge number, but were definitely not slowing down.”
The company also revealed the Google branded Tablet called Nexus 7, which runs the new Android Jelly Bean. It weighs 12 ounces and it has a 1,280 x 800 display, uses an Nvidia chipset with a quad-core CPU amd qw-core graphic processor. Google partnered with Asus to manufacture the Nexus 7. According to Barra, “Nexus 7 is built for Google Play”. It will be available by mid of July with a $199 price tag and it comes with a $25 coupon for Google Play store.
Many consumers are looking for an alternative to the iPad, which costs $499 and they are enthusiastic on the Nexus 7 considering the fact that the price is cheaper. Many are speculating that Nexus 7 could be an iPad and Kindle Fire Killer.