Android Jelly Bean, release date and featuresThe latest version of its smartphone and tablet OS

27 June 2012

Android Jelly Bean

Google has revealed Android Jelly Bean, the latest version of its smartphone and tablet operating system at its I/O developer conference.

Android is Google's smartphone and tablet operating system and is used on popular products such as the HTC One X mobile phone and Samsung Galaxy Tab range of tablets. Previous versions of the operating system have been called Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread and Eclair.

What's new in Jelly Bean?

Jelly Bean, or version 4.1, introduces a range of cosmetic changes to the operating system as well as updates to the search including the introduction of Google Now. This is a new feature which tries to present relevant information without a user asking for it by drawing on a users location and search history.

For more information read our blog post on Android Jelly Bean - what's new?

When will Jelly Bean be available?

Jelly Bean will be rolled out to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom tablets in mid-July. Updates for other products will be down to individual manufacturers.

Google Nexus 7

Google announced that a tablet made by Asus will be the first device to include the new operating system. The Google Nexus 7 will be a 7-inch tablet and will cost from £159. This will be available from mid-July.

Read our Google Nexus 7 top 5 features post for more information.

Google Nexus Q

Finally Google also announced a new media streaming device for the home, designed to allow you to stream all your content from Google Play to connected devices. This uses NFC technology to pair devices and allows any Android device to control what music or films are played in different rooms in a house. This will intially only be available in the US.

For more information read our what is the Google Nexus Q blog post.

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