Fear not, robotic confections aren’t storming the galactic hub. But Galaxy Nexus owners have had the chance to play with the latest increment of Google’s Smartphone OS, Jelly Bean for a week or so.
The system dump is already on XDA if you fancy getting your hacking hat on – it’ll be interesting to see which phone gets a workable port first.
Some of the new features and improvements you’ll find in Android 4.1 include smoother scrolling, Google Now (more in a mo), and something that will keep musicians and app developers happy – much lower latency audio. The “GNex” can play audio almost ten times faster than it could on Ice Cream Sandwich – reportedly 12ms down from a very noticeable 100ms. Hopefully as a result we’ll start to see some really decent musical apps (I’m thinking soft synths, samplers, e-drums) to rival those found on iOS.
Google Now is interesting. It’s like iOS’s Siri has been strapped down and pumped full of chemicals, like the pre-cogs from Minority Report. It knows things before you do, and tells you about them.
But rather than warn you about pre-meditated murder, it’ll wake you with the weather you’ll encounter during the day, what the traffic’s like (and update your commute route automatically), and all sorts of realtime stuff like sports results, train times, and geo-location-related things like local restaurant reviews and how to get there.
Scribbled by Tom