Android Jelly Bean rollout is underway

An Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" mobile operating system logo is seen during Google I/O 2012 Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. June 27, 2012. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Less than two weeks after Google first showcased Android Jelly Bean at its annual I/O developers’ conference, the operating system is starting to make its way onto Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

Google announced the rollout Tuesday evening in a post on its Google+ social network. Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices, the post said, would be the first to get the update. Jelly Bean is slated to come to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom soon after, and it will be featured on the new Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Compared with its predecessor, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean has improved photo sharing and viewing functionalities; packs a better keyboard and smarter predictive typing; and allows for more streamlined personalization of one’s home screen.

Jelly Bean, version 4.1 of the Android OS, also includes a redesign of how Google Search looks and works on mobile devices.

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Sarah Halzack is The Washington Post's national retail reporter. She has previously covered the local job market and the business of talent and hiring. She has also served as a Web producer for business and economic news.



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