Samsung plans big Jelly Bean rollout

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Samsung wants to be the company that puts Jelly Bean on the map.

The latest version of Android, officially known as version 4.1, is only available on a select few devices at this point. And up to now, there hasn't been a whole lot in the way of manufacturers promising upgrades for their products.

Samsung is changing that, however. It now promises that Jelly Bean will be making its way to the following:

- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
- Galaxy Note 10.1
- Galaxy S II
- Galaxy Note
- Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
- Galaxy S Advance
- Galaxy S II LTE
- Galaxy Music
- Galaxy Chat
- Galaxy Ace 2
- Galaxy Beam
- Galaxy Ace Plus
- Galaxy mini II
- Galaxy S Duos

The Jelly Bean upgrade could be considered a minor update for the Android platform, which is why it only brings the version number up to 4.1 instead of 5.0.

The most functional aspect of the update is that it looks different depending on the kind of device, so 7-inch tablets have a different presentation of Jelly Bean than 10-inch tablets or smartphones.

Among the updates are increased enhancements to the speed and performance of Android, new and sleeker widgets for the home screen, expandable notifications, and a more user-friendly app for viewing and deleting photos.

It also offers a new touchscreen keyboard for even more seamless text input, as well as new features for the ever-growing list of near field communication (NFC) devices, allowing users to tap phones together to enable things like photo sharing.

As of Google's latest numbers reported earlier this month, Jelly Bean is powering around 1.2% of all Android devices. The market is still dominated by version 2.3, Gingerbread.