At annual I/O developer conference in June, Google officially unveiled its next generation Android mobile OS, v4.1 Jelly Bean. Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean is the fastest and smoothest version of Android till now. Jelly Bean is designed on the lines of simplicity and beauty of Android 4.0, and it introduces the user to a whole new world of Google search experience on Android. The latest version of operating system is currently available officially for two devices; the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Google’s brand new Nexus 7 tablet.
The first devices that will be getting Jelly Bean update are those devices which are running the vanilla Android build. Vanilla Android build basically means the ROM which is installed on the phone by the manufacturers is the stock ROM which Google supplies officially. Normally, manufacturers like HTC for example take the stock vanilla ROM and “skin” it with HTC Sense UI before installing on to their device. Such ROMs cannot be updated by Google directly and the update has to be released by the manufacturers after making appropriate changes to the vanilla ROM according to their requirements, however, some devices do come with vanilla version of Android pre installed as its operating system, meaning Google can update those devices directly without any intervention from the manufacturer or carrier of the particular device.
There are some devices in the market which do come with vanilla Android. Some of those devices which will be getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean very soon are Samsung Nexus S, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Xoom, in fact those device owners who have an account with Motorola Feedback Network and own the Wi-Fi version of the original Xoom seem to have already received invitations for testing the Jelly Bean. It is basically a Jelly Bean soak test, as neither Google nor Motorola officials are confirming the Android 4.1 update for the Motorola Xoom.
To keep a track of things, Motorola Xoom is an Android-based tablet computer manufactured by Motorola and was launched on January 5, 2011 post CES 2011. It was the first tablet device to ship with then latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Verizon branded Xoom was the first tablet to boot Android 3.1 officially, and now it is good to see it getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so soon.
In the meantime, international version of GSM Galaxy Nexus units are already receiving Jelly Bean upgrade, which means Google will roll out the latest version of Android to all the supported device which can be upgraded directly very soon. Stay tuned for more information on this.