Sometimes, it's a good point to look at exactly what you're getting when you're talking about something. In this case, we're talking about Android 4.1, code named Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean brings some interesting features to the table, so we decided to create this guide to bring you up to speed.

Note: at the time of this guide, 4.2 has come out, but there was enough changes that it will have a guide of its own. Thanks.

Speed is one of the top concerns of Jelly Bean. Everything is supposed to feel fast, fluid, and smooth. Each screen should be moved through like flipping through the pages of a well loved novel. There are some performance boosts, including faster responses when going between apps, as well as great rendering through the whole system. Vsync and triple buffering take care of that for you.

It's all about responsiveness as a whole. Jelly Bean is taking things to the next level by adding in reactive and uniform touch responses. Your device's CPU can be raised or lowered based on how you're interacting with your device. How cool is that?

It gets better, of course.


Accessibility has been a hot button issue in Planet Android land, for good reason. Open access to everyone is very important, and it would definitely make waves for Android to lead the way to a new era of accessibility in 2013 and beyond.

Jelly Bean lets blind users use Gesture Mode to navigate around the entire user interface -- coupled with speech output, of course.

For people that have a hard time seeing the screen's text due to small fonts, you can enlarge instantly. What more could you want than that?

Actually, a screenreader would be nice. Meet TalkBack, a screenreader for Android that supports gestures to the fullest. There's also BrailleBack, which gives better accessibility options in the Braille category.

Android Beam also makes a big splash. You can easily share all of your photos and videos. To activate Beam, you can just pair your phone or tablet to any Bluetooth enabled device that supports Simple Secure Pairing -- just tap the devices together to activate the magic.

There's better support for USB audio docks, something that many Android users have been looking forward.

The browser got a major update in Jelly Bean, focusing hard on HTML5. It's the new web standard and many sites are switching to HTML5 full stop. It's good to know that android will give the end user the ability to experience the full richness of HTML5 while they are on the go. HTML5 video support has been enhanced a great deal.

Calendar got an update as well -- content fades in and out, animations are there to remind you of important tasks, and you can quickly swipe through days. If you've given your event a specific color, it's going to keep that color on the phone.

The today button on the action bar will show you the events of the day -- and remind you of what's around the corner. You can even auto-email guests of events to let them know that you’re on your way to a particular event.

Camera is looking great as well -- you can swipe from the camera viewfinder to review photos that you just took. You can also view photos in Gallery through filmstrip mode, flipping through photos with ease.

Data usage has gotten better than ever -- you can disable background data usage on certain Wi-Fi locations by making them mobile hotspots. Android will automatically detect this from then on, saving you precious data -- perfect for those that aren't on an unlimited data plan.

The keyboard is all about customization. Tired of QWERTY? Go QWERTZ, AZERTY, or even Dvorak!

This leads to messaging perfectly. The new notifications display gives you the full text of incoming SMS messages -- something that has long annoyed Android users for a while now. You will also see the full photo in a notification. This is great when you really don't want to have to open up the full app just to see a quick message.

Networking updates? Yes, please! Jelly Bean lets you make sure that you avoid bad Wi-Fi networks that have poor connections. You can stay on mobile data and get the best connection. Who really wants to deal with some wimpy data line when you have LTE, honestly?

There is a People app that truly makes your phone quite social. You can retrieve high resolution photos automatically and display them as you're looking through to find contacts on the fly. This helps you really connect with who is in your network and who isn't. You can also add new contacts much faster than before.

The phone app got some updating as well. When you miss a call, a new notification will easily let you call them right back or even send a quick SMS. This is really smooth, and we like that a great deal.

The best thing that you can do for yourself would be to check out the full list of features at Google Android headquarters, then see if your handset has an upgrade to 4.1 -- you will not regret it at all!

Look, we don't always get into the latest and greatest technology...but...oh, who are we kidding! We're totally checking out the Galaxy Camera, and we think that you should as well.

If you don't believe us, check out this video:

Isn't that hilarious? If you didn't catch why this little camera should be on your post-Christmas shopping list, here are a few reasons why:

First and foremost, this is a camera that definitely understands not every picture starts out perfect. You still have the power to edit photos, give them the Best Face treatment (you can even fix "shut eyes" and red eyes with ease), and keep everything backed up in the cloud.

Clearly, this isn't your father's bulky camera that only got a good picture every once in a blue moon. This is the social butterfly's camera, a camera that focuses on making you the star of the show.

Tired of that person who jumps in at the last minute? You can crop them out without damaging the rest of the shot. Photobombers, your days are numbered.

What about if you suddenly dropped your camera in water. It's every social butterfly's worst nightmare, right? Right! You will need to actually make sure that you're looking at the bigger picture by backing up your photos...without even thinking about it. This camera is one that does that for you all on its own. There's no more reason to worry or fret anymore. Everything is set up for you, and everything will work flawlessly out of the box. What more could you want than that?

Oh, what's that? You want good panoramic mode? The Galaxy Camera serves that up nicely for you. So even if you have a whole group of friends to photograph, they will be taken care of with ease.

This is a camera that goes beyond mere smartphone like abilities -- it fits into your life. Everyone should be able to have a great camera that they can rely on. Even though you might not think of Samsung first when it comes to technology like this, there's no reason why you can't test it out.

Bonus feature: 21x zoom. You will never lack a chance to really get in that perfect shot. Check it out today!

If you need more information about this great product, you can visit Samsung Camera Facebook page or Samsung GALAXY Camera website. For more videos on this product - visit Samsung YouTube channel.

This post was sponsored by Samsung.

OK, we admit to being biased. We’re really into anything brainy that lets us flex our nerdy side. It just can't be helped. There are some good apps out there for this sort of thing, but we had to stop and write about Mark My Words Free.

This is all about figuring out well known phrases in terms of who actually quoted them first. You have to use your own knowledge and a few clues -- but it's harder than it appears.

When we checked out Mark My Words, we were really impressed by the artwork. This is a free app that really stretches the boundaries of free by delivering solid quality. You’re not going to be disappointed downloading this one.

Be sure that you check for device compatibility in Google Play -- it'll lead to a great experience.

You get 4 clues for each quote, which we found pretty generous. There’s no need to feel like you're going to be stumped. There were some obvious ones, some not so obvious ones, and everything in between.

If you want something a little brainier than the classic "race" or "brickbreaking" games, then this game is definitely more your speed.

One thing that we really liked is that you have access to a premium version -- Mark My Words Pro. You get even more quotes and it's just a nice way to support the hard work it takes to deliver such a quality app to Android. At $2.99, it's really a no brainer purchase anyway.

If your friends don't get your sense of humor, or really get into all of the trivia games out there, this is y our chance to "unplug" a bit from what they think and just go your own way. While they're playing something that doesn't take much skill, you get to flex your knowledge and entertain yourself on a completely different level.

It's up to you -- but we definitely enjoyed the app, and we are definitely going to see what other apps come down the pipeline from here. It's obvious that the developer knows what they're doing, so we want MORE! 🙂 Check it out for yourself!

If you’re thinking about a new Android game, you might want something that's going to let you pass the time without getting too caught up. There's nothing wrong with games that take forever and ever, but you probably only have so much down time before you have to do something else. For example, you might be waiting to catch your flight. That's not a time where you want to get so sidetracked or caught up in a game that you don't hear when you're going to be boarding your flight -- what a costly mistake!

You are much better off looking into a game like Slots Social Casino. We know, we know -- free Android apps are a dime a dozen, but we really try to find apps that are at the top of the pile. This app is one of them.

First and foremost, it's not your ordinary slot casino game. It's a free casino where you can play slots based off of real casinos in the United States. You are getting 3D slot action here, folks. You can make new friends, invite and follow other friends, send messages, gifts as well as chips. You get fresh chips everyday to play, and you can also buy some chips as well. You will be part of a global ranking system -- can you reach the top? There’s only one way to find out. If you add more friends, you get more chips.

It's all about having a good time rather than anything serious. You might feel that you don't have too much time to play another game but you would be wrong here. You can start and stop playing this game with ease. Though, we'll be honest if you're really excited about playing the game you'll probably want to play it for a while. There's nothing wrong with making sure you have something that you're going to play more than once. After all, space can be at a premium with Android sometimes if your SD card is already full.

This app is 100% free, and it's only play money. If you want real money gambling, you're still going to have to look elsewhere. Good luck!

Look, not everyone looks at technology the same way. If you're a bargain hunter that is purposefully late to the party while companies work out the bugs in their products, we salute you. This is a good way to really make sure that you’re going to enjoy a new piece of technology. it would be better to look at all of these things rather than just say that you're going to get something brand new that isn't really want you're seeking. After all, not everybody in the world of tech has money to blow without reason. If you're in that category right now, we completely understand what you're going through.

So let's dig in. The Nexus line isn't really known for being more than developer candy, in many ways, but that's changing. Google has been hard at work thinking about the tablets in a different way, and this new push has also made the Nexus 4 into something that might just be worth having. Google has also made the price point very attractive, something that doesn't hurt matters either.

On overview, this is a device that has a nice 4.7 inch HD display, along with a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. There are also plenty of other components on here, but you’re going to really need to make sure that you dive in and see what's waiting for you. If you find what you're looking for at $299 no-contract, then why wouldn't you want to see what else is in store?

So, let's start with hardware. You're getting a smartphone that weights 4.9 ounces and 0.36 inches. It's lighter than the Optimus G, but it's a bit thicker.

It's easier to hold in your hand thanks to the tapered edge that gives your fingers a real place to actually rest. Very cool!

The display includes a full panel of Gorilla Glass 2, which means that this is one tough phone already. It's very likely that you'll drop your phone at least once, and this protective glass should keep it looking good for a long time.

There's a front-facing video camera, but it's only 1.3 megapixels. There's a notification light on the front as well, but no buttons -- it's all about virtual navigation here, baby.

There's also a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB worth of internal RAM storage. There's also a 2100 mAh battery, which provides modest battery life.

The volume rocker hides on the left, and there's a secondary mic and headphone jack that sit on the top of the phone. There's the power button right in reach as well. There's a micro-USB / Slimport socket on the bottom. Slimport allows you to mirror your phone's display on your TV, but it's not the only way to do it.

Scratch resistant doesn't mean that it's unbreakable. Give your sanity a Christmas present by not dropping this phone. Trust us, it just makes sense.

This is a penta-band phone, which sets it away from the pack. You'll get 850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSPA+, along with quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE. This is a pretty nice world traveling phone, but if you were looking forward to LTE, you're going to be out of luck there. ...continue reading Visiting the Nexus 4 Again