Not long ago Google announced about the new Android version. Search giant presented Android 4.1 which was called “Jelly Bean”. Though the number of this release differs from the previous one, this is not the fully updated version (it was expected that it would have the name “Android 5.0”), but it contains some important changes.
1) Android Tricks: Service “Google Now”
When Google announced “Jelly Bean”, the “Google Now” service was one of the main advantages. The unique service was made for displaying the needed information for users, for example, weather, place, sports matches’ results etc. It allows to get rid of digging in the phone’s menu and it is designed as so-called “informative cards”. “Jelly Bean” users can launch Google Now quickly from the homepage or during work with Android Apps. Long pressing the icon of homepage calls the image of white semicircle with Google logo. Then you just can hold your finger to the logo and “Google Now” will launch. The same way access to the service performs with the help of “back” and “menu” buttons from the homepage.
2)Android Tricks: Notifications
In this version the familiar notifications panel remained. It opens with the help of sliding movement top-down. But in version 4.1 they added several nice possibilities, which made it more convenient. Now the notifications panel in Android can be envy even for Apple fans. All notifications are in one place, you can add quick access to it and convenient control. In “Jelly Bean” some notifications, for example, new letters on email can be opened for detailed view. In order to delete the note you have to put it aside. Especially we have to say about “share” notifications, which are available in the panel.
3)Android Tricks: Just say “Google”
Apple’s Siri popularity made Google to initiate similar project Majel, within the bounds of which they made their own service of voice commands – Google Assistant. For the last time Google made a great accent on voice services, but in “Jelly Bean” presentation they were not paid great attention, but though Google managed to realize enough smart solution in this field. When viewing Google Now or typing request in search string, just say: “Google” and system will recognize a searching voice command and will perform searching according to your request. If you say “Google” aloud the voice search menu will open.
4)Android Tricks: “Live” unlock
As is known in “Ice cream Sandwich” there was option “face unlock”, and it is evident that “Jelly Bean” improved it. Now “Jelly Bean” users are able to switch on the “live verification” option. It was realized in order to avoid unauthorized access, because ordinary settings in “face unlock” allow getting access with the help of static images,
for example, photo of the owner. “Live verification” will be performed if a person blink, not only show his face. If the program doesn’t recognize blinking, the system switches on a standard screen unlock.
5)Android Tricks: Offline translate speech into text
The functional of translating speech into text wasn’t so popular before. The possibility to use this function without internet changed this situation a lot. In Jelly Bean the process of translating speech into text become offline, because the speech recognition is performed in the device and doesn’t need to upload data to the server.