Let’s face it, Jelly Bean is all the rage these days. And no I don’t mean the delicious chewy candy as you can imagine. I’m though referring to Android’s latest 4.1 software unveiled with Google Nexus 7 tablet. If you already have a tablet and not ready to spend anymore money on the Nexus 7 then you might think Jelly Bean is out of your reach. Except since Google released the source code for Jelly Bean all our great Android developers have been cooking up ROM’s for as many devices as possible. The newest one to arrive is both an AOSP and CM10 ROM for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1.
If you have a rooted Galaxy Tab then you’ll definitely want to try Jelly Bean even if it won’t be for daily use. I have tested Jelly Bean ROM on my tablet and I’m very impressed. It’s very smooth and I love the new custom animation as screens flick away in smooth fashion. The home screen experience is much better as apps and widgets can be added with automatic resizing. No more message about not enough space on this home screen. And the best of all is the new notifications bar. It’s richer with more information and greatly enhances the experience.
One of the best addition to Jelly bean is Google Now. By swiping up from the bottom of the screen you enter the Google Now screen. Here you will see cards that automatically display information relevant to you based on your searches. It will show you traffic to your work or home. Scores from your favorite teams are displayed. Public transportation are displayed if you are near like the next coming train or bus. There is also information about near restaurants or attractions. And as you use the search, more relevant cards will be added. For example if you search on your PC for the nearest Best Buy then automatically directions with traffic will show up on you tablet in Google Now. Google has done a great job with Google Now and I look forward to further upgrades and enhancement.
Give Jelly Bean a try on your Galaxy Tab and see how you like. These are early builds so it will be buggy but it seems that a majority of things do seem to be working. Check your relevant thread for more detailed information and enjoy.