As 2012 comes to an end, Jelly Bean is on a rampage. In a slew of recent announcements concerning Android 4.1, Motorola’s Atrix HD has just been upgraded to Google’s most recent version of its mobile operating system.
On Friday, AT&T announced that the Motorola handset would be one many to get the Jelly Bean update as of late. This over-the-air update will bring features such as Google Now and Android beam to the 4.5-inch smartphone. It’s also worth noting that this is AT&T’s fourth device to operate on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Other gadgets that preceded it in getting the update include HTC’s One X +, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3. Jelly Bean is expected to arrive on smartphones such as the original HTC One X and LG Optimus G soon, but no launch window has been specified.
In addition to the features mentioned above, Jelly Bean brings a variety of enhancements such as a fresh, buttery smooth user interface, an improved camera app and a refreshed notification center among other additions.
Google officially announced its Jelly Bean operating system its I/O developers conference back in June. The update has been rolling out fairly slowly since then, but has seen a significant surge toward the end of the year. Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was also upgraded to Android 4.1 today, and the AT&T variant saw the upgrade last week.
While many devices have been patiently waiting for Android 4.1, the search engine giant unveiled the second-generation of Jelly Bean last month: Android 4.2. This expanded and updated version of Jelly Bean saw its debut with Google’s Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 10 tablet, but was met with some harsh criticisms upon release.
The Android-loving world is still focused on Jelly Bean, but rumors about the next iteration of the mobile software have already begun to surface. Android’s next treat-themed operating system, believed to be called Android 5.0, is likely to be named Key Lime Pie.
Earlier this month a Google executive posted a cartoon to his Google+ profile that illustrated each generation of Android. The last image in the line depicted the loveable Android mascot holding a slice of Key Lime Pie, sparking speculation that Android 5.0 could be in the works. Before Google unveils “Key Lime Pie,” however, it should focus on launching Android Jelly Bean for all of its existing devices.
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