Android enthusiasts around the world can’t wait to get their hands on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This incremental Android OS update was announced a few days back at Google I/O 2012. While it does not pack tons of new features, it does bring some fair amount of changes which make the Android experience a lot better. It could very well be a couple of months before this update is rolled out to the public. Nevertheless if you have a Nexus S or Nexus S 4G, you can download Android 4.1 Jelly Bean custom port for aforementioned devices.
This custom Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port for Nexus S and Nexus S 4G has been developed by two very talented individuals. Since this is a third party port, there are some caveats. The ambient light sensor, audio, wireless connection as well as other minor features are not working as yet. Apart from these kinks, major features such as ADB, SD card reader, USB out, project butter, touchscreen, Bluetooth, GPU, camera, soft keys and NFC are all working flawlessly. Not too shabby for a custom port to be honest.
Jelly Bean was expected to be Android 5.0, however it turned out to be an incremental update carrying the Android 4.1 moniker. It comes almost a full year after Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released. Ironically, ICS powers a mere 10% of all Android devices around the globe. Hopefully Jelly Bean will see greater consumer adoption. Older Android devices won’t be supporting this latest OS update.
Despite being an incremental update, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with it’s fair share of improvements. First up, there’s project butter which makes animations and transitions much smoother. Notifications have been greatly tweaked, in terms of layout and functionality. Actionable notifications allow you to accomplish simple tasks straight from the notifications drawer itself. There’s a redesigned camera application as well as a cleaner home screen. Jelly Bean comes with Google Now, a new service which works as a personal assistant displaying relevant data for you when you need it. Android Beam technology has greatly been improved as well.
Needless to say, this is an amazing Android OS update. You can download Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Nexus S and Nexus S 4G custom ports. A Jelly Bean port for Samsung Galaxy S III has already been released and it too can be downloaded on your latest Samsung smartphone. These ports surely can’t offer the full experience, but they’re perfect for those Android aficionados who just can’t wait.