The fact that the Android operating system is an open environment is great because it allows designers and Android device owners the ability to customize their consumer electronics. And while Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 is still not available on the vast majority of Android devices, the Jelly Bean 4.1 OS is already in existence. Unfortunately, with so many different devices to mesh with, the rollout takes time. Good news arrived for Canadian Android smartphone shoppers this week as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G from wireless carriers Telus, Wind, Fido, Rogers and Virgin Mobile Canada are currently receiving a Jelly Bean 4.1.1 operating system rollout.
That should bode well for those Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G handset owners south of the Canadian border in the tech-hungry US who have been waiting for the original Ice Cream Sandwich phone to receive the tasty Jelly Bean upgrade. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G was the first handset to deliver ICS 4.0 in the US, originally exclusive to the Verizon Wireless system in that country. Since then, carriers like Sprint have added the Galaxy Nexus to their network, and high-level competition has created downward pressure on the retail price, something that every US Android smartphone shopper can enjoy.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system in the United States has been tested by independent reviewer root metrics as the fastest and most reliable LTE network providing 4G speeds, making it perfect for the Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. Providing many bug fixes and user interface improvements, Android 4.1 really centers around 3 major improvements. Those are V-Sync, Triple Buffering and Touch Responsiveness.
V-Sync is always working to prevent the on-screen image from distorting or tearing. This feature also the frame rate to match your device, and V-Sync timing has been greatly improved on Jelly Bean 4.1. Also, Triple Buffering greatly improves how your central processor, graphics processor and touchscreen display work together, delivering a much better experience. Touch Responsiveness is just that, how quickly your Android device responds to your touch. Battery life will also be improved with Jelly Bean 4.1.
This Canadian Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean arrival is good news, even for US Galaxy Nexus owners. Networks like Verizon in the United States still have not received an official rollout date for Jelly Bean 4.1, but this has to be looked on as a positive development. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus recently received the Jelly Bean update, and delivers a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED screen with 720 x 1,280 pixel resolution, 1,080P HD video capture, Near Field Communications (NFC) support out-of-the-box and a fast dual core 1.2 GHz central processor.