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Android Updates: The Old and the New

Posted on July 19, 2012 AT 11:36am

The world of smartphones is a high maintenance one where something is always needing some kind of update. After that, it’s figuring out which update belongs to which phone, and then everyone wonders if they’re missing out on having one upgrade over another, especially in the realm of Android. Recent additions have been Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich in March, and this summer’s 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Many manufacturers are still making the rounds on their phones to update to 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, according to multiple Android experts, leaving brand new phones the only ones with the Jelly Bean operating system… for now. Many devices are still hopping on the latest Ice Cream Sandwich wagon, including HTC’s Incredible S and Samsung’s Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. Until 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich has covered everyone, Jelly Bean will sit and hang out with the newest phones.

While the above is rather sad, there is some good news: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich packs a neat punch, giving those who have updated a new lease on smartphone life. The new operating system organizes the insides of the phone, keeping a user on track with everything from data usage to memory support. Gmail accounts are more sleek looking and are synced up with contacts in a cleaner looking manner. Images of contacts will pop up in the recipient line, giving a futuristic look to emails.

Other cool aspects of the 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich give managing one’s smartphone a cooler and faster process. A person can have their face recognized by their phone to unlock it (those with spectacles: yes, the phone can recognize you with, or without your glasses). The basic task manager is even prettier with this update, thus more organized and clearly spells out what is going on internally with one’s phone. The web browser has also improved significantly with Google Chrome aspects, such as ease of getting from one window to the next, as well as the infamous Incognito Window.

Though this update was released in the spring, many phones are just catching up now while their owners watch in envy of those who have obtained the new Jelly Bean. But, what should we expect from Jelly Bean, the operating system developed out of Google’s Project Butter? The system promises a fix to the lag many experience with scrolling from window to window; say hello to some new found fluidity. Also, with the Google Now voice aspects, anyone can ask their phone (much like Apple’s Siri) where to grab a movie ,and the past search options via the voice aspects will be remembered. Jelly Bean will also offer more in-depth magazine and book options that can also be updated on linked tablets.



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