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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "Android 4.1 Jelly Bean"?

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was a major build Android platform announced at the Google I/O event and released in July, 2012; it replaced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For many, Android 4.1 is the start of the modern Android and was a key build in helping the platform become the de facto most popular OS in the mobile space. Android 4.1 focused on enhancing the user experience, making Android smoother and faster, while the build improved notifications by making them expandable and giving them actionable buttons. Jelly Bean became a huge success and held the number one market position for several years, even beyond its lifespan, while also spawning Android 4.1. 4.2, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. This build also offered updates that focused on ironing out kinks in the user interface and enhanced accessibility found in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other changes included bi-directional text and language support, notification customization on a per app basis, changes to the camera software, and more minor changes.

Also known as: "Android 4.1", "Jelly Bean"

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