Saturday, 13 October 2012

What the Latest Android Update Brings to the Table

The rumors of a new Android update have proven to be true. Google has rolled out its Android 4.1.2 incremental update for Jellybean aimed those few users who have been using this latest 4.1 version of its operating system. The announcement was made by chief release engineer at Google, Jean Baptiste Queru. Aside from the announcement of the release, there is not a whole lot of information coming from Google. The update was first seen on those devices that company helped to develop. The devices on which the update will first be available include:

• The ASUS Nexus 7 Tablet
• The Galaxy Nexus S
• The Samsung Galaxy Nexus
• The Motorola Xoom

Users of the Nexus 7 will be the first to get a chance to install it on their devices but most users who got their device on contract with a phone carrier will have a wait while Google optimizes the update. Those who would rather not wait may attempt to download and install the update manually. It should be noted that users of the 4.1 Jellybean version of Android account for only a little over one percent of all users of the Android operating system, at present. This latest update will obviously impact only those who are using the very latest devices.
Benefits of the Update

What does the 4.1.2 update do? Well, the first thing Android users will want to note is that this is not some major new firmware upgrade. The 4.1.2 update is strictly a minor incremental one. The main goal of this update is to improve the experience of users and to correct an issue that some of them have had with the landscape mode on the front page. Previous to the update, the homescreen on the devices did not automatically shift to provide a landscape view when the position of the device was changed.
Location Page Change

Another change made by this incremental update has to do with the locations services page. The ability of tablets and mobile phones to report the user’s location is a big problem for those who concerned about privacy in the Internet age. The update changes the name of the Locations Services Page to the Location Access Page and allows it to be easily switched off by the user. Privacy-minded individuals can now hide their whereabouts from any potential onlookers with a simple swipe. The update also makes it easier to turn notifications off.

Previous to the update, Android 4.1 would convert long text messages to MMS. With the update, this does not happen.

Aside from that there are some minor bug fixes included that hopefully will make the performance more stable and take care of a few minor bugs.

To date, Google has provided no information on Android 4.2 or what will be included in it, though rumors abound that there will be a major new release coming from the company in the next few months.


Author’s Bio: Myke Thomas is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog internetservice.net/blog focuses on internet bloggers, technology bloggers and telecom bloggers. You can follow him on Google+ and Twitter.
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