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Thursday Poll: Predictions For Jelly Bean?

Now that we have confirmation on Jelly Bean being Android 4.1 in the numbering scheme, we should start to talk about what we can expect from it in terms of features. While we are already seeing tech news outlets claim that it is only a minimal update, I’d call that a foolish assumption. For example, the jumps from 2.1 to 2.2 and then 2.2 to 2.3 were massive. If the move from 4.0 to 4.1 was only incremental, Google wouldn’t have created an entirely new name for it. They clearly have bigger plans than some are predicting.

So what are you hoping or expecting Google to announce for JB? Will we see Chrome replace the stock browser? There has to be some minor UI tweaks, right? We have seen the new search bar already. Will we get Majel, Google’s full voice actions system? Pinch-to-zoom in Gmail, finally? More NFC features? File sharing in Google Talk? Native Google Wallet 2.0? How soon can we see 4.1 on a device? Will it launch with the Nexus tablet? Any chance it goes live for the HSPA Galaxy Nexus at IO?

Let us know in the comments what you think.

  • http://twitter.com/fpshah falgun

    1) Notifications on home screens with some lock screen widgets natively supported…
    2) Faster time to the handsets, bypassing the carriers..
    3) All Social networks bundled into one app, from google, with all messangers integrated
    4) (More) Awesome Keyboard
    5) Built in filters for post processing of photos
    6) Great upgrades on Maps
    7) Easier way to share photos/videos

    • trumpet444

      widget locker does part of #1, if I’m understanding your post correctly

  • Jeremy Martin

    I hope they dont replace the stock browser with Chrome. I mean dont get me wrong I love Chrome but there are too many sites out there that require adobe flash and until Adobe supports Chrome mobile browsers or the world switches to something else we will need that stock browser to view sites that require flash.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      I LOVE Chrome for desktops, LOVE IT!!!! But I hate Chrome for Android just as much. It’s buggy, freezes too often, and lets you open a nearly infinite amount of tabs, which slows down performance. Not a big deal for nerds who manage their tabs, but not good for a non-techy who doesn’t realize they have 50 tabs open and wonders why their browser performance sucks (like what happened with my wife).

  • shamu11

    Jellybean should have customization that are like the ones in AOKP

  • Neutrontwin

    What i really want is Majel or whatever they will call it but I think something like iOs’s game center would be a great idea

  • Woobaker

    A built in app creator so the average user could literally design an app on their phone for anything they needed

  • Woobaker

    I expect, no demand, that they support outlook category colors. This idea of having all these seperate calendars is dumb and does interface well with the business side of life

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    Kellex, you’ll be sure to forward all these suggestions to you Google contact right? :P

  • SD_Scott

    I would kill for group text messaging. It’s such a pain in the ass not having it and then getting 20+ individual texts to your phone…

    Would also like to see Google Drive integrated more fully into the system. I.e. Files can downloaded from Drive and will be accessible to other apps without going through Drive.

    Otherwise from that, I love ICS so maybe they’ll release something cool and new I don’t even know about yet…

  • RedPandaAlex

    Some sort of theme engine that allows users to customize the look and feel without having to ROM–and a push to get OEMs to use the theme engine rather than messing with the source code. (I know this is more of a long shot)

    • MrSteve920

      I’m thinking that at a minimum you should be able to pick what color all of the UI is set in. I personally like the ICS blue, but some people don’t.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

    a complete media center for music and videos. wimamp is thinking about it, just took a survey from them asking if i would buy the full version if they brought that to tablets, i think thats a great idea

  • RedPandaAlex

    Smoother animations system-wide. It’s something that iOS and Win RT currently have over Android, so Google will probably want to address it.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      what phone do you have?

    • Jorbo the Borb

      I’m sure you’re just going to hear the “your phone must suck because my phone is smooth as silk” argument, but that doesn’t address what you’re talking about.

      The UI on iOS and WP7 is much smoother than anything Android has ever put out. There is definitely lag on those phones, but almost never hiccups in the animation. Things just take longer, but they look smooth while doing so.

      I have a G-Nexus running on AOKP with Linaro, overclocked like crazy. I have Systune prioritizing the UI, and still it’s not as perfectly butter smooth as that crappy, low-end WP7 phone in the Verizon store. It’s WAY faster than any iPhone or WP7 phone at getting things done (and I can do a million things at once), but it’s still got that jerkiness to it.
      The thing is, what you ask for isn’t attainable yet, and maybe JB is where Android makes the leap, but it seems kind of soon. Right now, you either have fast and jerky (Android) or slow and smooth (iOS, WP7). You can have slow and jerky (Blackberry), but fast and smooth isn’t available yet. We sacrifice a smooth UI for the ability to do a bunch of things really fast, all at the same time. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make since the UI is getting smoother and smoother as the operating system progresses.
      Hopefully JB gets us there and we finally have the holy grail of operating systems. Despite what that one misinformed Google intern said, it IS possible for this OS to be as smooth as iOS and WP7.

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    Beyond the already mentioned multi-account login for tablets… I’d like to see an expanded and real gaming introduction.

    Most phones/tablets can now stream through a TV, so why is their no real gaming push with bluetooth controllers? Maybe a strong interpolation with OnLive?

    I’d buy a GoogleTV just for that.

  • J Dub

    They said with the release of ICS that they didn’t get everything they wanted done and that it would be in the next release. How does that not point to a substantial release?

  • RedPandaAlex

    Two apps running on screen simultaneously in tablets. An app can go to a sidebar and run in the phone layout. It’d be a big change for a .1 release, but it’s what Google needs to do to stave off Windows RT

  • SteveJ

    Verizon nexus MIGHT see JB by next summer. That’s if google grows a pair and starts putting pressure on Verizon.

    • Jeremy Martin

      Who cares about what Verizon releases…Cyanogenmod will have it out within no time for it. :)

      • http://twitter.com/standardsdt Dave Tarantula

        Because some of us don’t want to deal with the instability in certain applications or things not working 100%. It may be stable to some extent, but there’s no denying that majority of the roms have some bugs that hinder our phones to some extent. Hence why I won’t root my device until updates for it completely seize.

        • Frogskins

          Majority? Yes… However I would suggest Bugless Beast if you want no bugs with the latest code. It lives up to its name.

          • http://twitter.com/standardsdt Dave Tarantula

            Even with bugless beast, I did run into some issues. Roms aren’t perfect I know. But if my phone is still getting updates, I see no reason to root. I know all the positives to rooting. But at the end of the day, I didn’t even use any of the things that were available from rooting.

        • Sqube

          Maybe it’s because I’ve come from Motorola, but I’ve always had more issues with stock than I have with ROMs. I’m running AOKP right now and I couldn’t be happier.

          What kind of situations have you been running into?

  • JMonkeYJ

    my guess would be that it’s similar to Eclair => Froyo, which wasn’t too exciting from an end-user standpoint. i will happily be proven wrong if it’s something cooler, tho :)

    chrome as the default browser would be nice, but would the old one go away? no longer possible to use flash on android?? that would be sad.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      I use dolphin for flash. stock browser is really really terrible.

  • Adam

    I hope that 4.1 will have a jelly bean dispenser attachment. If that doesn’t bring the fanboys over, I don’t know what will.

    • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

      My Jellybeans bring all the boys to the yard

      • CORYK333

        But are they better than ours???

  • zkdreads

    i say a simple one.
    1.you should be able to copy and paste from gchat.
    2 create your own lock feature lock whatever app you want, pictures, phone log, email, messages etc
    3.if you want to lock a text message you should be able to lock all messages from a particular person and not each individual message. or just allways lock messages from xyz number.
    4. have an all in one social media app that is built into the software that wont kill your battery
    5. file sharing with gchat and not having to link a picture or website
    6. droid life needs to load faster via website lol
    everybody know that when the feature is integrated in the software it works better and wont kill the battery(as much)
    o yea and my pet peeve. make the phone text message vibrate without having to have the text vibrate on ALL THE TIME. there is no way around this either unless you download hadsent or somet other messaging app.

    • Chris Malkiewicz

      +1 number 6!!

    • SD_Scott

      #3 would be amazing…

    • Mr_Bucket

      I’d really like to be able to copy and paste from any text source. I can’t stand that, for the most part, it only works from Gmail and the browser. I don’t know if the problem is at the app level or OS level. And file sharing through gchat would be a much welcomed addition.

  • http://twitter.com/BlackTaxi2d Henry S

    the tablet is an insta-buy and like my GN, my next phone will have to be a nexus to ensure updates.

    also, the new wallpaper from the other post. love it.

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    Group Messaging…Chrome Browser… And Google Voice come stock on each device! nuff said!

  • http://twitter.com/tadejkolino Tadej Rudec

    I’d jizz over pinch to zoom (or any kind of zoom) in Gmail.

  • bob martin

    If 4.1 on android has an app like Siri then Apple will have nothing that can compete with android since the android version will obviously be better and much ore advanced. It just wouldn’t be fair to the sheep.

    • http://twitter.com/trey711 trey711

      there’s already quite a bit you can do with the default voice search: set alarms, send text messages, make calls. All hands free. It doesn’t have a personality, but I honestly think that’s a positive. It means no one falling in love with it.

  • bmuenter

    Downloadable “vanilla” operating system, or be able to switch from the manufactures UI to the “vanilla” op…. how about add some FLUIDITY!!!!! Also, another suggestion… FLUIDITY!!!! And my favorite feature I would like to see… FLUIDITY! Make the UI more fluid and not jolt from screen to screen, or just change with the blink of an eye… best example is when switching between tasks on the iP*&%e the screens pan out and one goes in front of the other. thats what people like to see… why should I have to download a third party launcher to get that kind of fluidity???

  • Chris

    Does any one else out there want to see group msg in the stock message app? I hate that I have to have a 3rd party app to get this. So this is what I would like to see!

  • Desmund Lighten

    give me file sharing in gtalk and i can die a little bit happier

  • Go Hawkeyes

    Am I the only one who thinks Google should have chosen a different name than Jelly Bean? Because when I see JB I think Jail Bate not Jelly Bean.

    • EC8CH

      FOR GODS SAKE GOOGLE CHANGE THE NAME!
      YOU’RE SCREWING WITH THE PERV’S MIND!
      J/K

      • nwd1911

        I agreed with everything in your post except the “j/k”

    • RedPandaAlex

      Yeah, I don’t think of it is a dessert. It’s more of a candy.

    • trumpet444

      i see “jailbreak”, so thats kinda messing with my mind too

  • chazzdjr

    I predict that Verizon will “approve” the 4.1 update in Q3 of 2013.

  • Someguyperson

    Pinch to zoom in Gmail.

  • chris125

    How about faster overall updates. Yeah right ics isn’t even on 10% of devices and they are rolling this out soon.

    • jak_341

      How is this Google’s fault? It’s the stupid manufactures and they’re dumb interfaces.

      • chris125

        How long did it take them to update the Verizon nexus? Nuff said.

        • http://www.facebook.com/waynehoward3 Wayne Howard

          That was all Verizon. Please do some research. Thanks.

          • Charlie Rodiger

            ^ Nuff said.

      • will bartlett

        their*

  • http://twitter.com/wwburnett526 William Burnett

    Will the maxx receive jelly bean?

    • chris125

      8 months later.

  • Austin00

    Could Jelly Bean be the reason Moto hasnt really pushed out an update are they waiting to just skip ICS. I know there are leaks but since Jelly Bean is so similar (at least by the looks of it) they will just be pushing it out instead.

    • ocdtrekkie

      As it will likely take six months for OEMs to start deploying Jelly Bean… not likely. RAZR is likely to get ICS in the next week or so, Bionic shortly after.

  • derek connolly

    Im hoping for Majel, or some kindad new voice actions

  • shehippie

    I want 4.0 before I worry about 4.1 :/

    • Nathaniel

      Root your phone

      • shehippie

        Someday……..

        • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

          Today is a good day.

      • sk3litor

        Sometimes it’s not that easy. (Cough cough thunderbolt cough)

        • KleenDroid

          Luckily the T-Bolt will get ICS at some point but you will have to wait a bit.

          • Tyler Chappell

            I can deal with waiting, and when I do get it, my rooted TB is going to be even more of a solid phone. My first few months with it were rough, but its a solid phone now.

          • KleenDroid

            Yep my wife now has my my Thunderbolt. It is a solid phone.

  • Prime7

    My prediction is that I’m not going to hold my breath for an OTA update and will have to flash it myself.

  • Murphy

    This is crazy…phones are barely seeing ICS…and now we have another update?! Think I’m going to hold out for a stock Jelly Bean device…there’s no telling when the updates from the likes of HTC, Moto, or Sammy will arrive…I’m not harping and saying anything about fragmentation…just wish the manufacturers would hussle along with the updates so that when a new version comes out we’re not stuck saying should I or shouldn’t I bite…grrr

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Exactly, its the manufacturer’s fault (or who ever else, but not Google’s). What should they do, NOT continue progress and let apple catch up? They just code and then spit it out when its done. Its everyone else’s fault if its delayed.

    • mustbepbs

      There was a comment I read the other day that put your rant into perspective:

      “Look, you need to be realistic here. i’m tired of people like you saying that “it’s too late”. you try to figure out how to upgrade a phone from android 2.3 to 4.0 WITHOUT wiping AND having everything work EXACTLY THE SAME for everyone regardless of what they have on their device”

      /argument

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I26T5S34AY4UDT7IJF6HWYS3CE Anthony

    It’s actually hard to think of what they will do because with ICS it wasn’t what I thought, it was much better. Who knows but hopefully another step forward

  • ddevito

    Chrome default browser, native file system manager app, better performance and battery life, UI performance enhancements (core), swiping gestures (remember the gesture search app? – what did you REALLY think it was for?. Plus, they have patents on this technology), stripped down versions for older devices, Google “Assistant” (Majel), Enhanced and Streamlined Google+ Integration, improved enterprise security features and functionality, better keyboard

    All in time for Halloween, ya know – when we eat Jelly Beans

  • http://twitter.com/the_ahj Alberto Hernandez

    I predict they’ll show JB off during I/O 2012 but it wont be available until Q1 2013, and to make matters worse only pure Android devices will see it a first.

  • Android1997

    With Jelly Bean i predict we will see more delayed updates.

    • KleenDroid

      Delayed for Motorola maybe, but all the Verizon unlocked phones can simply update when they want.

      • Mr_Bucket

        Don’t CDMA devices need extra work because they’re not really part of AOSP?

        • Fattie McDoogles

          No. CDMA devices need extra work because they use different radios. Most devices are designed for use on GSM networks because of how much of the world uses GSM and then if a CDMA company wants it they have to go back and redesign the radios and redo the software so it works.

          Its like a car that comes in automatic and manual.

          • http://twitter.com/BarnumDefect Matt Locke

            To be honest he is right. You’re right too but in a redundant way. CDMA devices have different radios and that’s why they’re not part of AOSP. He said it’s not part of AOSP and you said “No, in fact it’s because they have different radios.” Which is their stated reasoning for it not being AOSP xD.

  • Kevinc

    They one feature that Android really needs to separate itself from Apple is allowing multiple user accounts. Windows 8 tablets will have it by default, but it’s the one lacking feature on Android and iOS that prevents tablets from being a “family device.” I can’t hand over my tablet to my children when it contains all of my work emails, facebook account, etc. It’s too big of a pain to log out of everything too.

    • CaptainHowdy13

      I had never thought of this. Now that you pointed that out it seems like the singular brilliant idea. LIGHT BULB!

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        yea. did not even consider this. it would be awesome to lock people out of your stuff as they looked at your phone.
        my friend is always asking for my phone to play games. i actually let her borrow my OG Droid for games. i have it setup so its pretty much HER phone that can’t make calls. but after like 5 games it ran out of space, not to mention it doesn’t have all the awesome paid games i got for .10 and .30 cents. This would be a very nice solution.

    • Go Hawkeyes

      I agree 100%. I’d let my kids use my tablet more if they could have their own profile.

    • arthur2142

      Brilliant Idea!

    • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

      I agree 100%. On a phone its a no brainer for one login. But on a GoogleTV or tablet or potentially future laptop device… multiple accounts is mandatory.

    • Salamando

      Have you checked out the app SwitchMe? I teach an Android programming class in high school and that is how we manage. We share 5 tablets amongst the students and they use them to debug their code without overwriting other students’ apps.

      • epps720

        Wow they have Android programming classes in high school!!! That’s awesome!

    • LazyBum

      There’s an app that does that already, but you will need to be rooted.
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fahrbot.apps.switchme

    • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

      Really great call! The Chromebooks do this, so I think you’re right on track with this maybe in JB. Especially for tablets.

  • Bionicman

    i would love to see a full blown integrated voice system. some UI tweaks i guess such as the option to remove Google search bar (and use the extra space). i actually hope to be totally surprised and blown away! haha

  • MrWicket

    I expect we’ll see more settings and app data backup/restore features ie save games, home screen layouts etc. I also think there will be some further optimization and refinement to the software and UI.

    • JMonkeYJ

      cloud saves would be AWESOME!!!

    • RedPandaAlex

      Definitely. A MUCH stronger integration with Google Drive. Games should be able to sync through it, and I should be able to select files I have stored in Drive when I’m on a website that asks me to upload a file.

  • xmike

    I hope for a decent radio!

  • Slappy Sam

    I expect a more awesome “transparent shade of gray” for the google search bar.

    I also expect only 1.75% of android users to have it on their devices within a year (roughly half of the ICS percentage).

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      i am the 1%
      suck it everyone else.

      • KleenDroid

        The 1% update their phone when they want since their phone is unlocked. 4% have a phone that’s unlocked but complain they don’t get updates cause they don’t know what to do with their phone… lol And then there is the percentage that have a Motorola phone that will get ICS someday…. LOL

        • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

          right, for got about locked booloaders since i never had one myself. i feel bad now :(

  • RedOne1

    Can we get something like itunes? Where we can controll oir phones from the desktop and back up our apps with out the help of 3 party providers?

    • ddevito

      we can – it’s called your Google Account :p

    • sk3litor

      Air droid

    • mustbepbs

      I’d like something that doesn’t suck like iTunes.

  • http://twitter.com/BlackBlizzNerd Ben Landwehr

    I’m hoping for at least some slight UI changes to my Nexus, and possibly some cool features that maybe involve hand gestures like on the GSIII. I love how swiping your palm on it takes a screen shot and stuff like that.

    Really, I’m just hoping it gets features that will make me not spend money on the GSIII when my Nexus works perfectly. Stupid Android addiction.. It’s a love hate, thing.

    • Higher_Ground

      I’m torn between which phone to get, the nexus or the sgsiiI. I guess I have until next Wednesday to decide if I want to keep unlimited data…

      • KleenDroid

        Good luck with your decision. My only question to you is whether a fully unlocked phone means anything to you?

        • Higher_Ground

          Not as much. If I can root that’s probably enough. My main concerns are screen size/quality and getting a phone that will be somewhat future proof. Nexus is cheaper and will probably see 4.1 sooner. SGSIII has a better camera and micros slot. Both have nice screens.

          • Jorbo the Borb

            I had my girlfriend get the Razr Maxx because of the battery life. Rooted, it’s basically the same thing as the Nexus (as long as you are trying to run stock Android). The only thing is that the Nexus will get things like Jelly Bean earlier, but I don’t think she cares.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667432104 Albert Kilger

        I highly recommend the galaxy nexus. I bought one last week on ebay and am absolutely in love with it. I unlocked it, and put on AOKP and leankernel. Zero lag what so ever, boots in just under 15 seconds. It really is amazing.

  • Rob

    some of the android home features or wireless music stuff they showed at last years IO

  • Anthony White

    I think Dialier, Gtalk, and Google Voice will all be combined into one app.

    • ddevito

      brother I hope you’re right.

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

      That’s the one I was going to say. And SMS messaging too. Have it find the best route based on $.

    • http://JeremyCouch.com/ Jeremy Couch

      I think it’s a dream we all have but I don’t expect it. Although, with Verizon now going with unlimited voice and text it’s at least a possibility now.

    • lolwut

      why?

    • http://profiles.google.com/oscarrdg Oscar RdG

      Has anybody realised there’s a new “icon” on the brand new site picture:http://developer.android.com/index.html
      Above the Camera Icon. It looks like People icon mixed with Messages… Could this be a new app?

      • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

        Nice…thanks. Now even more suspense and rumors to fill the blogs… LOL

      • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

        Wow how did no one catch that

      • jayray78

        Good catch. It looks reminiscent of the places and latitude icons with the down pointing arrow. I would imagine that is the new local icon with latitude and google+ integration.

  • Drew

    Would having an unlocked bootloader but running stock ics impede a jelly bean update?

    • Greg Morgan

      I think the only thing you would have to worry about is the recovery. As long as it’s the stock recovery, you should be fine.

    • KleenDroid

      Being locked is being impeded. But seriously yes you will still get updates if you are still stock.

      But while you are waiting why not take that thing out for a run around the track and load an awesome rom? Then when Jelly Bean leaks out soon you can install that also.

    • aaron

      Nope, should update normally.

  • King of Nynex

    I really hope it can tell me where I can get tomato soup. It is raining outside, after all.

    • Futbolrunner

      The Soup Nazi’s got the best soup hands down

    • KleenDroid

      I only wish my phone could do all that. I guess we can dream….

      P.S. You dummies who give negatives for poking phone at Siri must be Iphone dorks that somehow made it over here to learn something. Either that or you are too stupid to understand the comment.

      • CORYK333

        Yup, and everyone that down-voted you also………..smh

    • ManBearPig618

      More importantly, when you’re staring out the window at the rain, can it confirm for you that it is in fact raining?

      • JoshGroff

        Can it tell you if this is real life or just fantasy?