How to: pre­pare for Jelly Bean

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A NEW tablet com­puter and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced spec­ta­cles stole head­lines at Google’s re­cent I/O de­vel­oper event in San Fran­cisco. But the in­ter­net gi­ant also re­vealed de­tails of its up­com­ing An­droid soft­ware up­date at the event, in­clud­ing some im­por­tant ad­vances to af­fect tablets and smart­phones. Be­low are three ad­van­tages to the new ver­sion 4.1 phone soft­ware, dubbed Jelly Bean.

1. Smoother screens

Phones and tablets us­ing Jelly Bean soft­ware will show the ben­e­fits of Project But­ter, a Google ini­tia­tive to make the soft­ware ap­pear ‘‘but­tery smooth’’ on the screen. It is said to achieve this with triple­buffer­ing to load im­ages faster, an­tic­i­pat­ing where your fin­ger will touch the screen, and sup­port­ing an im­proved dis­play rate of 60 frames per sec­ond.

2. Big­ger no­ti­fi­ca­tions

No­ti­fi­ca­tions are im­por­tant but all gen­er­ally look the same. This will change in Jelly Bean be­cause it will al­low no­ti­fi­ca­tions to arrive in three sizes, in­clud­ing alerts with im­ages. Users will also be able to pri­ori­tise alerts so missed calls arrive be­fore app up­dates, for ex­am­ple.

3. Re­size­able wid­gets

The new Google soft­ware will sup­port wid­gets that can change in both size and ori­en­ta­tion. Wid­gets can au­to­mat­i­cally fill the screen on to which they’re dropped, or pinched to an ap­pro­pri­ate scale. Wid­gets can also be tweaked to ap­pear in por­trait or land­scape modes, au­to­mat­i­cally chang­ing when users flip the phone.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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