Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Android's "Jelly Bean" Brings Voice Recognition, Intelligent Keyboard & A Serious Siri Competitor | #AndroidsEatingApples

mashable: Google presented its latest operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, to a crowd on Wednesday at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

At the Google I/O conference, a demonstration compared phones with the Ice Cream Sandwich and the Jelly Bean side-by-side.

“It’s the fastest version yet with a ton of improvements,” said Hugo Barra, director of product management with Android. Text input is better and the “keyboard learns intelligently over time,” he told the crowd.

With Jelly Bean, Google shrunk the speech recognizer to fit into the device itself, so if you have a poor connection or are unable to type, you can still get your message out. Google also boasted the new OS has a better user interface, better search and Google Now — a Siri competitor that answers questions asked aloud and send users to a webpage.

Google Now uses things like search history and your calendar to figure out when you commute and can tell you how long the commute on your usual route will be and offer a better route, if there is one. It will also show you bars and restaurants around you that’s good to eat. Need a suggestion? Google Now can recommend what to order. From flights, bus schedules and sports — Google Now keeps users updated in real-time.

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