I'd imagine that the most prominent new features of Jelly Bean would come from performance optimizations and more customization options over on Android 4.2 and earlier.

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Today Google announced the first four new Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices coming to Google Play on the following carriers, as confirmed on its support page : Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Vodafone. The devices are the Motorola Moto X (2013) and Motorola Moto G (2013) with 1080p screens and 4G LTE, which were announced last month. [Read More…]

In July 2013 we wrote in our first Mobile Nation update that we would be bringing a new version of Android to mobile users, called Android 4.4 KitKat to the Galaxy Nexus and other devices. Since then it’s gotten faster, but we never said KitKat was coming to everyone. So when Google revealed its big annual Android developer conference, Android 2013 in October, it wouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone who has ever rooted their device to see it dropped into the Play Store. But that wasn’t the only delay today. In fact, we also learned that today Google dropped a new Android release, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. As the headline indicates, it is called Jelly Bean. (For Google’s other yearly versions, 4.X, 4.0, and 1. The release is identical to Jelly Bean on Android 3.0, and is an incremental step back when compared to its predecessors.) [Read More…]

In July 2013 we wrote in our first Mobile Nation update that we would be bringing a new version of Android to mobile users, called Android 4.4 KitKat to the Galaxy Nexus and other devices. Since then it’s gotten faster, but we never said KitKat was coming to everyone. So when Google revealed its big annual Android developer conference, Android 2013 in October, it wouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone who has ever rooted their device to see it dropped into the Play Store. But that wasn’t the only delay today. In fact, we also learned that today Google dropped a new Android release, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. As the headline indicates, it is called Jelly Bean. (For Google’s other yearly versions, 4.X, 4.0, and 1. The release is identical to Jelly Bean on Android 3.0, and is an incremental step back when compared to its predecessors.) This Android release, according to Google’s documentation, is called Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. (For Google’s other annual versions, 4.X, 4.0, and 1. The release is identical to Jelly Bean on Android 3.0, and is an incremental step back when compared to its predecessors.) So what it means this time around is: KitKat will be available for phones and tablets that are 1.6-2.0-2.3 times of the model year. For example, if you have the Galaxy Nexus, you would be able to purchase Galaxy Nexus for 1.6 and Galaxy S III for 2.1. (Although that doesn’t tell us much about device specifics) As for KitKat specifically, Jelly Bean is not a part of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean release because it is not a final release. Google said that it was moving away from “beta” updates, and moving to a series of rolling build releases rather than a 1-stop release. “Rather than waiting for a beta to roll out, users who want the newest software and functionality should install the most current version as soon as possible,” Google wrote in its documentation for software upgrades. We’d expect that to come later this spring, and it’s great to finally know it. We’d say 4.3 would be the last version before Jelly Bean, but we would be surprised if Google released it too. We’d also probably expect the first versions not to include the latest OS (although if nothing else Google should have at least promised to provide a new browser to KitKat), and KitKat has a lot of potential for future enhancements. I’d imagine that the most prominent new features of Jelly Bean would come from performance optimizations and more customization options over on Android 4.2 and earlier. What Jelly Bean will actually mean for you, however, depends. Google has confirmed that a set of apps will be built into the KitKat system. They list the basics of the apps as: Weather, Wallet, Messaging, Weather, Chrome, Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, and Search. Of course, all the apps listed aren’t going to work as a standalone replacement for the normal Google apps, and Google said that this system would enable users to have a much better experience if they chose. These apps were not all announced in the same slide, so Google could have said something like this: “Here are the Google apps you are going to be able to use with KitKat.” We don’t have a firm release date, but let’s give it as soon as possible. When Google makes KitKat available, here are some links to help you buy your phone:

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