Google Android 4.1

87
Engadget
Score
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review: a look at what's changed in Google's mobile OS

Summary

Android 4.1 may not be a quantum leap in any one area, but it's the fine-tuning of Ice Cream Sandwich that we've been waiting for.

Pros
  • Splendidly fast
  • Google Now is brilliant
  • Stellar keyboard
Cons
  • Availability is limited
  • Offline Maps need improvement
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review: a look at what's changed in Google's mobile OS

Google's next iteration of Android wasn't quite the full-point release jump that many of you were perhaps anticipating. Rather than using Google I/O 2012 as the launching pad for Android 5.0, we're being formally introduced to v4.1 -- a mere 0.1 ahead of where Ice Cream Sandwich placed us around six months ago. Aside from grabbing a name change, the minor numerical bump also provides Jelly Bean the opportunity to usher in a few new features for Nexus owners to enjoy.

If you missed yesterday's keynote, Google revealed that Android 4.1 would arrive on Nexus devices in "mid-July," but there's no clear word on when partner companies will begin pushing it to their products. Moreover, pundits are quick to point out the legions of Android products that still haven't made the leap to 4.0, leaving us to wonder if those Froyo and Gingerbread laggards will simply take the fast track to 4.1 now that it's (almost) available. Care to see if the latest and greatest will live up to your expectations once it lands in a few weeks? Head on past the break as we discuss some of the larger changes that Jelly Bean has to offer.

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Scores

Engadget

87
 

Breakdown

Configurability
9.1
Speed
9.3
Ease of use
8.6
Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
8.5
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Android

Type
Mobile / embedded OS
Source model
Open
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Android

Type
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Source model
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Windows 10

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OS X El Capitan

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