Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the best that Google could offer this year. With this version, it is apparent that the company wants to give emphasis to multimedia capabilities of the device that will operate on it. But it is a logical move for the search titan to put its mobile OS on a higher pedestal this year. With the launch of its hardware store, this version is needed to showcase its new devices. Here are some of the notable new media features Jelly Bean comes packed with.
USB Audio Streaming. Drifting away from the typical Bluetooth or 3.5mm headphone jack, Android 4.1 now allows audio streaming via a USB port, although this feature may be device-dependent. Basically, this feature gives users another option to listen to music or any entertainment media.
Multichannel Audio. Android 4.1 has its built-in AAC 5.1 Audio encoder/decoder. It means that it is now capable of delivering richer media experiences through high-quality and realistic audio using 5.1 audio channels even in the absence of the popular Dolby technology. But still, this is dependent on the capabilities of the hardware put in a device.
Track Chaining. Music-loving people often want to listen to music non-stop, thus audio chaining, for them, is a necessity. The built-in MediaPlayer offers this feature allowing users to play tracks without pauses in between songs. It might be a small update but a good one, at least.
Preprocessing of Audio. There is a set of preprocessors that would allow users to record pre-processed audio or with added effects. This is essential especially as far as recording high-quality audio is concerned. However, this feature may not be realized if there is no developer that could develop an app to actually take advantage of this.
Low-level Media Codec Access. Developers stressed out that Android 4.1 goes beyond what is expected of it. This version is given low-level access to both platform hardware and software codecs. Eventually, apps which are designed to query low-level media codecs can do so without the need of a special access. Developers can now create more than one media codec instances, receive output buffers or even queue input buffers.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is geared up to entertain people and deliver newer features that many people haven’t seen before. Devices that could run this version are expected to sport impressive hardware specifications, so it does not come as a surprise if newer and better media features are now available for everyone’s perusal.
[Reference: Android Dev site]