How to: prepare for Jelly Bean
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.