The latest Android OS comes packed with new features including expandable notifications, Android Beam, Bi-directional text support, Gesture mode, Media codec access and a boat load more.
Other improvements include a smoother and more responsive UI across the system, a home screen that automatically adapts to fit your content, a powerful predictive keyboard, richer and more interactive notifications, larger payload sizes for Android Beam sharing.
Here is a bit more detail on some of the new features you can expect in Android 4.1:
- Expandable notifications - Android 4.1 brings a major update to the Android notifications framework. Apps can now display larger, richer notifications to users that can be expanded and collapsed with a pinch. Users can now take actions directly from the notification shade, and notifications support new types of content, including photos.
- Android Beam - In Android 4.1, Android Beam makes it easier to share images, videos, or other payloads by leveraging Bluetooth for the data transfer.
- Bi-directional text support - Android 4.1 helps you to reach more users through support for for bi-directional text in TextView and EditText elements.
- Gesture mode - New APIs for accessibility services let you handle gestures and manage accessibility focus. Now you can traverse any element on the screen using gestures, accessories, you name it.
- Media codec access - Provides low-level access to platform hardware and software codecs.
- Wi-Fi Direct service discoverability - New API provides pre-associated service discovery letting apps get more information from nearby devices about the services they support, before they attempt to connect.
- Network bandwidth management - New API provides ability to detect metered networks, including tethering to a mobile hotspot.
For more details and a full list of new features, head on over to the Google Jelly Bean platform highlights page or watch the preview video below,