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Thursday, June 28, 2012

As well as announcing the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, Google also announced the latest version of their mobile OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which comes with a range of new features over Android 4.0.
Some of the new features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean include, expandable notifications, WiFi-Direct and much more, you can see a list of what is new in Android 4.1 below.

Expandable notifications: Android 4.1 brings a major update to the Android notifications framework. Apps can now display larger, richer notifications to users that can be expanded and collapsed with a pinch. Users can now take actions directly from the notification shade, and notifications support new types of content, including photos.Android Beam: In Android 4.1, Android Beam makes it easier to share images, videos, or other payloads by leveraging Bluetooth for the data transfer.Bi-directional text support: Android 4.1 helps you to reach more users through support for for bi-directional text in TextView and EditText elements.Gesture mode: New APIs for accessibility services let you handle gestures and manage accessibility focus. Now you can traverse any element on the screen using gestures, accessories, you name it.Media codec access: Provides low-level access to platform hardware and software codecs.Wi-Fi Direct service discoverability: New API provides pre-associated service discovery letting apps get more information from nearby devices about the services they support, before they attempt to connect.Network bandwidth management: New API provides ability to detect metered networks, including tethering to a mobile hotspot.

You can find out full details of everything that is new in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean over at the Android Developers Blog.

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