What is Android Jelly Bean? - The version 4.1 of Android

Android Jelly Bean - version 4.1 of Android

Android Jelly Bean, the version 4.1 of android is the release which got published and released by the Android after the code name Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Android Jelly Bean was introduced at the Google's owned conference Google I/O conference on 27th of June 2012.


1. What is Android Jelly Bean?

Jelly Bean is an Android operating system which was introduced to the world under the version code 4.1 of Android. Android Jelly Bean is the version which got released after the android code name Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The initial release of the Android Jelly Bean was released on 9th July 2012.

Android Jelly Bean does have seven released excluding the initial release which published by the android to ensure the stability and smoother user experience as an operating system itself.



Android VersionAndroid APICode NameReleased Date
4.1
API 16
Android Jelly Bean
9th July 2012
4.1.111th July 2012
4.1.29th October 2012
4.2
API 17
13th November 2012
4.2.127th November 2012
4.2.211th February 2013
4.3
API 18
24th July 2013
4.3.13rd October 2013

2. Features of Android Jelly Bean

Android Jelly Bean does combined with many features, where an android device ever had in the entire history of the android operating system.

2.1 Features of Android Jelly Bean version 4.1

Android 4.1 also known as the initial release version of android Jelly Bean was published on 9th of July 2012. The initial release version was running on top of the Linux Kernel 3.0.31 and backed by the Android API 16 or the 16th version of Android API.
  • Smoother user interface.
  • Introducing Vsync timing by the Android framework itself to enable the drawing and animation rendering, touch events, screen composition and display refresh to happen.
  • Upgraded and revamped triple buffering in the graphics pipeline.
  • Capability to CPU input boost by the core android.
  • Capability to synchronizing touch to vsync timing.
  • Enhanced accessibility.
  • Capability to support Bi-directional text and other language support.
  • Capability to allow user installable keyboard maps to the core operating system.
  • Capability to view and expandable notifications.
  • Capability to turn off notifications on an application specific basis as per the user requirement.
  • Capability to re arrange re size for shortcuts and widgets to fit new items to the home screen.
  • Capability to support smaller screen sized tablets to use the expanded version of the interface layout and home screen used by phones.
  • Capability to access the enhanced and improved camera application.
  • Capability to use multi channel audio settings.
  • Capability to access the Fraunhofer FDK AAC codec as the standard in Android with AAC 5.1 channel encoding and decoding.
  • Capability to support USB audio for the external sound devices.
  • Capability to perform audio chaining which is also known as gapless playback.
  • Capability to use other launchers by third party publishers to add widgets without requiring root access of the device.


2.2 Features of Android Jelly Bean version 4.1.1

The version 4.1.1 of android Jelly Bean was released on 11th July 2012 as the second release for the Android Jelly Bean. The version itself carrying the core features of Android API 16 where there were no chances done to the core of it.
  • Bug fix focused on Nexus 7 which allows the users to change screen orientation in any application.

2.3 Features of Android Jelly Bean version 4.1.2

The version 4.1.2 of android was released on 9th October 2012 after the release of version 4.1.1. The version release of 4.1.2 was made under the API 16 where there were no changes done to the core of the APIs.
  • Capability to support Lock and home screen rotation.
  • Capability to support one finger gestures to expand or collapse notifications.
  • Bug fixes to functionalities.
  • Enhanced and improved performance of the Android core.


2.4 Features of Android Jelly Bean version 4.2

Android Jelly Bean version 4.2 was released on 29th of October 2012. The Jelly Bean 4.2 was built based on Linux Kernel 3.4.0. Due to the changes done to the core of the APIs, Android do recognize Jelly Bean version 4.2 as the API 17 or 17th API version of Android.
  • Improvements into the lock screen.
  • Capability to access the camera app by swiping the lock screen.
  • Capability to add widgets with controllable amount of information.
  • Capability to control notifications with the power button.
  • Capability to use the Day Dream feature, which was a type of screensaver which shows information when the device is idle or docked.
  • Capability to have multiple accounts in tablet devices.
  • Capability to access multiple displays and wireless displays from the android device and cast to the devices.
  • Capability to use native right to left soft buttons.
  • Capability to use VPN always when using the device.
  • Capability to access the newest NFC stack at the time.
  • Capability to magnify the screen by triple tap feature.
  • Capability to zoom the display with two fingers.
  • Capability to pan around the display with a single finger.
  • Capability to use speech output for blind users of the android device.
  • Capability to access the newest clock application built to the stock android which allows the users to check the time in different countries by accessing the world clock.
  • Capability to use the timer and the stop watch inside the clock app.
  • Capability to benefit from the increased number of extended notifications and actionable notifications for more applications.
  • Capability to use SELinux.
  • Capability to check and confirm premium SMS confirmation.
  • Capability to create group messaging.

2.5 Features of Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.1

The version 4.2.1 of Android Jelly Bean was published on 27th of November 2012 under the API 17 version of the android after the version 4.2 of Jelly Bean.
  • Bug Fixes in the People application.
  • Capability to use Bluetooth gamepads and joysticks as HID also known as Human Interface Device.

2.6 Features of Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.2

The version 4.2.2 of Android Jelly Bean was launched by android on 11th of February 2013 after the version 4.2.1 of Jelly Bean under the API 17 of Android.
  • Bug fixes to the Bluetooth audio streaming.
  • Capability to long press WiFi and Bluetooth icons in Quick settings to change the state to On or Off.
  • Capability to get notify with the notifications which related to downloads and the percentages and remaining time to download for the apps.
  • Capability to get notify by the sounds alert when the wireless charging and low battery on the device.
  • Capability to access the upgraded gallery app which does have animations when loading the app.
  • Capability to use USB debug whitelist.
  • Other minor bug fixes to the android core.
  • Performance enhancements and improvements which done to the Android core.

2.7 Features of Android Jelly Bean version 4.3

The version 4.3 of Android Jelly Bean was released on 24th of July 2013. The slogan which published by android for the version release was "An even sweeter Jelly Bean" which means an android version which is rich in features. The very first device which released with the android jelly bean version 4.3 was the second generation Nexus 7 tablet. The android jelly bean version 4.3 was recognized by the Android as API 18 of android.
  • Capability to support low energy Bluetooth.
  • Capability to support OpenGL ES 3.0 by allowing the operating system to perform better in game graphics.
  • Capability to set restricted access mode for the new user profiles which created after the original initial account which used to setup android.
  • Capability to access the improved performance in filesystem when writing by running fstrim command while device is idle.
  • Capability to dial faster by auto complete and suggestion in phone app.
  • Capability to set volume levels for the incoming calls and notification alerts.
  • Capability to access the improved and enhanced photo sphere.
  • Capability to access the reworked camera user interface.
  • Capability to use the security feature of App Ops which allows the permissions to the apps.
  • Capability to use SELinux enabled by default.
  • Capability to support 4K resolution.
  • Multiple security upgrades to the core android.
  • Capability to support system level for geofencing and WiFi scanning APIs.
  • Capability to use WiFi location which runs at low energy mode even the WiFi component is powered off.
  • Capability to make logs for the developer and analyzing enhancements.
  • Capability to use the android in five newly added languages.
  • Capability to use the upgraded digital rights management also known as DRM APIs.
  • Capability to support right to left languages which were used in middle countries majorly. 
  • Capability to support native emojis without using other apps.

2.8 Features of Android Jelly Bean version 4.3.1

The version 4.3.1 of android jelly bean was released on 3rd of October 2013 after the version 4.3. The release was majorly focused on the Nexus 7 LTE.

  • Bug fixes to the Nexus 7 LTE.
  • Enhancements and tweaks to the Nexus 7 LTE.