The Web search giant introduced the world to its Jelly Bean mobile operating system at its I/O conference for developers on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Jelly Bean, the successor to the current Ice Cream Sandwich version of the popular mobile OS, brings many new features and improvements, particularly to search, voice typing and notifications.
One of the most significant new features of Jelly Bean is Google Now, which aims to turn Android into a virtual personal assistant. Google Now makes use of the user’s location, calendar entries and search history to offer more relevant search results. For instance, it learns when a person travels to work and what route he/she take. It checks traffic reports each morning and suggest a faster route.
When a person is near a bus stop, Google Now will tell the user what time the next bus will arrive. When a person searches for a flight, it will notify if the flight is delayed or not.
In addition, it adds new input languages, viz. Thai, Urdu and Hindi and it can also connect to external braille devices through Bluetooth.
At the I/O conference, Google announced that it start pushing Jelly Bean out to some Android phones in July. Google activates a million new Android devices each day, and Jelly Bean is an attempt to continue that momentum.