Android Ice Cream Sandwich vs Jelly Bean
A lot of friends were asking me the difference between ICS (Android 4.0) and jellybean (Android 4.1). So here is short review of jellybean the latest update from android.
Mainly there is not much visual difference between jellybean and icecream sandwich. Both have the same basic look and feel, But there are some other significant changes in jellybean. The most important being Project Butter.
Before Jelly Bean, Android lacked smoothness and responsiveness when compared with iPhone . Project Butter is the Google’s effort to get rid of such performance issues and make Jelly Bean fast, fluid, and smooth. Jelly Bean’s “Project Butter” helps in improving graphics rendering at 60 frames per second.
Interesting fact is that it predicts your next touch at the time of the screen refresh, which ensures more reactive and uniform touch response and while, you touch after periods of inactivity, it boosts CPU input to max at the next touch event to ensure minimal or no latency.
This update however also means that android is not more power hungry and from various sources it is believed that jelly bean required more then 512 mb RAM to operate smoothly. Although google doesnt say this directly but even all the major mobile brands are launching jelly bean only on phones with more then 512 mb RAM.
This is why smartphones running on jelly bean with 512 mb are not recommended.
Other features which were introduced in jelly bean are the following; I wont go in details for these though.
- Re-sizable Widgets
- Expandable Notifications
- Smarter Predictive Keyboard and Offline Text-To-Speech
- Better Offline Maps
- New Connectivity Options : Android beam option, you can transfer photos by NFC and touching the phones together.
Update : 31-May-2013
A new version of jelly bean 4.2 has been released. So whats the difference between jelly bean 4.1 and 4.2 ? Find out in the article below.
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