Need some reading for the weekend? Google has you covered. To celebrate the shipping of the first batch of Nexus 7 pre-orders, Google has posted up the full, official, exhaustive changelog for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Covering everything from Accessibility to Widgets, the changelog delivers comprehensive explanations of each and every change users can expect to find in Android's latest iteration, as well as changes to Google apps and the "new Google experience on Android," including Google Search and Google Now.

While the raw changelog may not be quite as compelling (or nearly as visually rich) as Ron's Getting To Know Android series (which has three parts so far: part 1, 2, 3), it's still a great read for those wanting to explore each and every detail of Jelly Bean.

Android 4.1, Jelly Bean

Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. Jelly Bean improves on the simplicity and beauty of Android 4.0, and introduces a new Google search experience on Android.

  • Everything in Jelly Bean feels fast, fluid, and smooth. Moving between home screens and switching between apps is effortless, like turning pages in a book.
  • Jelly Bean features improved performance throughout the system, including faster orientation changes, faster responses when switching between recent apps, and smoother and more consistent rendering across the system through vsync and triple buffering.
  • Jelly Bean has more reactive and uniform touch responses, and makes your device even more responsive by boosting your device's CPU instantly when you touch the screen, and turns it down when you don't need it to improve battery life.

To take a look at the full change log, just click through the source link below.

Source: Android.com

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.


    Tl;dr version: Faster

  • Mikael Guggenheim

    Oh, I actaully found out something before it was posted on Android Police. Was reading it right when the post here showed up :D

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's Friday night :)

  • Cheddar

    They FINALLY updated the long forgotten Google Music app.

    • RajivSK

      Google music is great and saves me a ton of money on SD cards. Can't wait for the play store to expand beyond apps here in the Netherlands though. More updates is more better.

    • Colin Richardson

      Their new app still annoys me, I want to be able to go back to the OLD Google music app. This one has no features the old one didn't and the old one was SUPER fast.

  • galaxy nexus

    Part 3 of that series doesn't load. Just displays a smiley face.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Clear your cache - there was a bug that was in one of the Javascript files, and even though I fixed it yesterday it could still be in your browser cache for a little bit.

  • http://twitter.com/dandroid4g Danny Perez
  • deltaechoe

    Support for USB audio docks which possibly means native alsa support

  • dward2828

    If you mess around with the little Android at the bottom of the change log, he's got 4 little animations that he does, like moonwalking and juggling ;-)

  • Unni

    Support for Malayalam language too...Great...Eager wait for CM10 now begins.....