Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Rumours: Release date, features and handsets

All the latest on the upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone and tablet OS launch

Google is expected to replace its Android 4.0 ICS OS with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean later this year with release date and features details tipped

Having risen to dominance in the smartphone markets and making waves to challenge the iPad on the tablet scene, a number of reports have suggested Google’s next-generation Android operating system will fall under the moniker of Android Jelly Bean.

Despite Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates only just beginning to get a widespread rollout and with the flurry of MWC 2012 unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones and tablets beginning to hit stores the rumour mill has turned to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its expected late 2012 release.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Name

Still far from confirmed, the name of the Ice Cream Sandwich follow-on has long been the thing of rumour and speculation with the next-generation smartphone and tablet OS set to follow the dessert based naming convention laid out by its predecessors.

On the back of the Éclair, FroYo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich Android offerings, recent reports have suggested Google will opt for Jelly Bean as its next iconic release forgoing the options of Jelly, Jam and Jaffa Cake in the process.

Although Google has yet to officially speak out on its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich follow-on, hardware manufacturer and Android supporter Asus has seemingly confirmed the final branding for the upcoming software.

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Speaking with T3’s sister site Tech Radar during MWC 2012, Asus has suggested its close relationship with Google will see it feature as one of the first brands to offer the Android 4.1 update later this year, confirming the software’s name in the process.

"Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update," said Benson Lin, Asus’ Corporate Vice President.

Although currently unconfirmed in itself, it is widely expected that Jelly Bean will subsequently be replaced by another dessert entitled offering with Key Lime Pie to land as either Android version 5.5 or 6.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Release Date

Although it is not expected that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS will feature on any consumer available production devices until autumn of this year, it is widely expected that the ICS replacement will, like previous Android releases, be showcased at Google’s I/O conference this June.

With Android ICS being demoed by Google’s Andy Rubin on a Motorola tablet at Google’s I/O event last year, the 2012 conference, which is to be held at San Francisco’s Moscone Centre between June 27th and 29th, will likely be the first chance the public has to see what the internet search giant has in store for the future of Android.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Features

Set to follow in the footsteps of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and service smartphones and tablet devices equally, Android Jelly Bean is tipped to push Google into a more controlling stake of the tablet market whilst maintaining a stranglehold on the smartphone sector.

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Although little is currently known about upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features, following the recent introduction of the Google Chrome browser app, it has been widely reported that the Google web browser will feature within the next Android OS as the standard internet offering.

Elsewhere further Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features tipped for inclusion sees a potential file manager to be included alongside improved user adaptable power management options.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Handsets and Tablets

Whilst Asus has seemingly confirmed its plans to jump aboard the good ship Jelly Bean, it has yet to be confirmed exactly which manufacturers will launch what Android 4.1 devices when the operating system launches later in the year.

Having been responsible for the past two Android launching Nexus handsets, it has been widely rumoured that Samsung will once again be handed responsibility for the next-gen OS. On the tablet front a number of rumours have hinted at Google’s plans to launch its first own branded tablet with the Jelly Bean arrival a potential launch platform for its first oversized hardware offering.

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