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A look at what's changed in Google's mobile OS

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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.

Critic reviews

8.5
13 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.6
  • Speed
    9.3
  • Configurability
    9.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    8.3
  • Openness

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9.0
74 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jun 28, 2012

In the past, you needed cutting-edge hardware to overcome some ... inefficiencies in the code. With v4.1, you're actually getting more features, without feeling there's a speed hit on the other end. In fact, you're gaining features and perceived speed. And really, who wouldn't be into that?

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9.0
PC Mag Jun 30, 2012

Android continues to mature with Jelly Bean, a smooth, surprisingly comprehensive upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich that cements the smartphone platform's top-tier status.

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9.0
PC Mag Feb 6, 2013

Android "Jelly Bean" continues to mature with version 4.2, a smooth, sleek upgrade that cements the smartphone platform's top-tier status.

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8.0
CNET Jun 29, 2012

You won't be left too far behind without it, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a worthy update that brings improved voice search, notifications, and sharing.

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8.0
Ars Technica Nov 7, 2012

Android 4.2 is, in essence, a tune-up for Jelly Bean. It brings forth a few very essential, minor features that help the platform keep pace with innovations in iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8/RT.

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9.0
SlashGear Jun 29, 2012

This update, once again, is more like an in-between sort of tweak festival for the most part, but it does have its big advances as well.

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8.0
CNET AU Jul 27, 2012

You won't be left too far behind without it, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a worthy update that brings improved voice search, notifications and sharing.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 17, 2012

The takeaway message is that things feel much smoother across Android’s operating system in its raw form... Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is slick, it’s fast, and although you might not have Ice Cream Sandwich yet, you need to keep your eyes out for that sweet JB hit.

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9.0
TechRadar Jul 10, 2012

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a thing of beauty, and should be a nice boost for Google's own Nexus-branded hardware. For those who have been on the fence, you'll definitely want to give Jelly Bean a look – this could be the version to finally sway you into Mountain View's camp.

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9.0
phoneArena Jul 16, 2012

In our opinion, Project Butter makes the platform so smooth we’d rather be using a Galaxy Nexus that’s starting to show its age with Jelly Bean rather than any other brand new phone at the moment, even the Galaxy S III. And that’s telling, isn’t it?

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9.0
PocketNow Jul 10, 2012

I’m ultra-impressed with Jelly Bean. And I’m saying that after having the buzz-of-newness wear off. Jelly Bean is infinitely faster and more smooth than Ice Cream Sandwich is on even the best of hardware. That alone is hugely compelling.

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9.0
PC Perspective Jul 26, 2012

Android 4.1 is sleek, comfortable and intuitive. The interface looks great, is easy to understand and has even more functionality.... Most of all, I love the fact that animations no longer stutter, freeze or tear.

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9.0
bear831 bear831

Google's new Android update takes everything that is great about Android and managed to kick it up a notch. Google Now presents itself as a better way to find information, like Siri it presents information in a clear and fast manner. The new notification menu is genius, allowing users to...

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10
andrewkalies andrewkalies

My setup: Google Play Store GSM-unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus running official stock vanilla Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean (build number JRO03C). Enjoy the review! ... Ease of Use: Veteran Android users will feel right at home here, with an even more refined experience over past versions of...

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9.0
kanjisasahara kanjisasahara

My last OS was iOS 6, but after my aging iPhone 4 and cracked screen I decided to get the HTC One. I have experienced Android before, but not nowhere near as great as this. The screaming components of the One make using Android so easy and incredibly fast, I haven't had an issue with lag thus far...

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9.0
Nathaniel Nathaniel

When I first saw ICS being previewed late last year, my first reaction was "This looks nothing like Gingerbread or Froyo. " ICS was a major design overhaul of the UI, Jellybean is what I would call an overhaul of the underpinnings of the OS. Where there are slight changes to the UI, making it...

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1.0
SunGm SunGm

I used 2 android devices (galaxy and xperia) but i hate them. My mom also bought one , and she hated it too. So , iOS for every android user ! iOS made my life easier ! BUT ! Android is OK:

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1.0
trisilver trisilver

I just recently updated my gingerbread device to Jelly Bean. The notification bar has more features, but it has to scroll every time it is opened which is really annoying. The overall look is disgusting and I can not stand it. My phone freezes while running most things. The messaging no longer...

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