2012 is an year for the best of Operating Systems to hit the international markets. To start with, 2012 gives birth to OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Windows 8 and other minor updates introduced in between. Well, some of them have already been launched, and some of them will be seen coming in the next few months. Talking about Android particularly, the year 2012 has been fairly good as Google unveiled its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system for its Android line of smartphones in its I/O Event ‘2012. Recently, we got our hands on 2-of the all time best Android OS. On one hand we have the good old Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and on the other hand we have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, both of them running on our favorite Galaxy Nexus smartphone. We chose this device because it is the most compatible, and the first device to get Android updates in the recent months.
[IMAGE: LEFT- Android 4.0 ICS, RIGHT- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean]
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being the more developed, and latest Android operating system comes on a Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 tablet, gives head on competition to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich released few months ago, in winters of 2011 which first came on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Since both of these smartphones , i.e Galaxy Nexus have got same hardware, we are going to get even results.
USER INTERFACE AND DESIGN:
Comparing the two open source Android operating systems on the basis of User Interface, there has not been any significant change. Both, Android 4.0 ICS and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean have the same dock part, and the navigation bar. The status bar on the top of both the OS is very much similar as well.
[IMAGE: Left- Android 4.0 ICS, RIGHT- Android 4.1 JB]
Moving to the notifications center, you will encounter a significant change between both the OS. Android 4.1 JB has undergone a major change in its Notification Center which now sports a better layout, a nicer UI and finer look. You now also get to see a thumbnail image in the notification center of Android 4.1 JB, i.e if you get an Email or a Message, you will see an image on the left of the message within the notifications center.
The notifications center on Android 4.0 ICS seems to have compromised on space as compared to the same in Android 4.1 JB. The notifications are smaller in display and are purely textual. Jelly Bean features date and time on top left corner of its notifications center, whereas ICS only features date.
Comparing the response time, we would give an extra credit to Android Jelly Bean for its faster performance and response time as compared to Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Settings menu is identical, and sports same options and configurations.
Android JB has got one additional feature where you can disable any particular app from sending you timely notifications right from the settings screen. Android ICS seems to skipped on this option. We liked this feature since a lot of apps tend to send spam notifications and with the enable or disable feature, things really get much easier to handle.
Google has added an altogether dedicated Acounts menu in the Android 4.1 JB which lets you add or remove accounts which is not available as an individual menu in Android 4.0 ICS. Below you can see image displaying easter eggs on both the devices!
Another cool feature of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is its frame-rate running at 60 fps and a refresh rate of 60 Hz producing cool transition effects within the operating system. The Android Jelly Bean complements the hardware of Galaxy Nexus, supporting complete triple buffering which predicts your actions in advance.
For sure Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a bit more faster than the Android 4.0 ICS. Moving to the widgets section, both the OS seems to be supporting similar widgets, but one cool thing about Jelly Bean is that when you try placing widgets on the home screen of your device, the widgets actually interact with the existing apps and widgets. This acceleration is missing in Android 4.0 ICS.
Moreover, every widget on Android Jelly Bean is re-sizable where as only a limited number of widgets can perform this action on Android ICS.
The Messaging app in both the OS is similar, and the KeyBoard in both of them is identical as well. Seems like Google has not really changed much of its Messaging app since the launch of Android ICS.
Additional features include high resolution photographs on Contact Images, better app updating in Google Play Store in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The YouTube app has got a major update and now displays videos with a better clutter free and easy to navigate UI, while we have the classic YouTube interface on Android 4.0 ICS.
Moving on to the browser, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has brought minor updates to the browser of Android 4.0 ICS, and the browser test results explain it all. Jelly Bean’s browser got a score of 1692 milli-seconds for loading a standard web-page and ICS on the other hand received a score of 1880 milli-second. Now we know lower the time, better is the performance, and thus we give credit to Jelly Bean for its efficient browser.
Other browser functions remain similar for both the OS.
The Quadrant test results for both the Operating Systems gives an extra edge to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a total Quadrant score of 2295 while Android 4.0 ICS got a score of 1932.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a feature packed operating system, with over 200 new miscellaneous functions. It has got Google Now, which lets you perform actions based on location services which is not available in Android 4.0 ICS.
Considering voice search in both the OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean supports offline dictation which is an improvement over the voice search in Android 4.0 ICS. Google Voice search in Jelly Bean is faster and more responsive in comparison with the same in ICS.
Moving to Camera options, Jelly Bean sports a faster shutter-speed, while ICS is a bit slow.
This was our detailed comparison of both Android 4.0 ICS and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Let us know your views on the same via the comments section below. For more, keep subscribed.