Android Jelly Bean is, for those having been in hiding and therefore unaware, the latest version of Google’s market-leading mobile operating system, and unlike with Ice Cream Sandwich, which took what seemed like an age to trickle through to the various mid to high-end devices on the market, the web company seems a great deal more organized with regards to its distribution.
The Nexus 7 tablet, meanwhile, has not been released officially since its announcement at the Google I/O keynote a couple of weeks ago, but the quad core-powered slate is expected to drop in the coming weeks. The few who have managed to get their hands on the device earlier than most will be among the first to see Jelly Bean 4.1.1 rolling out since the update, which first appeared on the AOSP servers just yesterday, is now available for the much-lauded 7-inch tablet.
Built by ASUS, the Nexus 7 is not just any new tablet, but a gadget which aims to re-think the challenge to the domineering iPad. By packing in some high-end specs for a very reasonable price, it’s certainly gathered momentum, and it’s the first time we’ve gotten excited about an Android tablet since the disappointing Kindle Fire. Unlike the rather poor Kindle Fire, which was released under the Amazon brand, it doesn’t just offer a cheap solution for those seeking a budget device, but from what we’ve seen and heard hitherto, it is also a great experience.
The Android 4.1.1 update for the Nexus 7 arrives in the form of a 12.6MB download package, the over-the-air isn’t quite reaching shores just yet, so if you’re not getting the update, don’t be alarmed/surprised. Nevertheless, the minor update noticeably improves the general user-experience, improving the performance and responsiveness of the operating system in general. Jelly Bean, I have found, is a nice, smooth experience over Ice Cream Sandwich, and as well as the enhancements in the running of Android, version 4.1.1 also adds Google Wallet to the array of stock applications, so is well worth checking out.
If you’re in the fortunate position of owning a Nexus 7 and notice some new changes unmentioned, please feel free to drop us a comment via the usual mediums below!